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Windows 7: Windows 7 on Apple hardware

10 Jan 2013   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Apple laptops are made in the same factories as Windows-capable laptops, often of the same components. If you truly believe Apple hardware is higher quality, then you haven't done much research into PC laptops.

There's no reason to pay the Apple tax to run Windows. My new Envy 4t is built just as nice as any Apple laptop and cost half of what a similar Air would have been.

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10 Jan 2013   #12

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BrodyBoy View Post
Can Win7 be installed on Mac hardware?
Yes. Apple stuff uses the same Intel hardware (CPUs and mobo chipsets) now. It's the same Intel inside as anything else. (they did the jump from weird hardware some time ago, and it was applauded by anyone)

All linux distros I know do work fine in Intel Macs.

I know Apple makes very high quality hardware. It's not just pretty, but it's known to be pretty rugged and durable.
Quality? Yes. Rugged? No. It's not more resistant to anything than high end laptops. I fully agree on general crappyness of non-apple keyboards and screens, and Apple's touchpad is better, even just the hardware. But it's not more durable nor more rugged than any other high-end laptop or ultrabook.

I'd personally advise to find a good Ultrabook, as those are the product lines supposed to compete with Apple. In case you find Apple stuff for a good price (not the usual +30-50% price for no real reason) go and grab it.

Quote: it possible to take an Apple laptop and just do a fresh Win 7 install? I don't mean bootstrap, dual-boot, or any of that ....I mean just buying an Apple laptop and using it to run Win 7 exclusively...running it as a PC. No Apple software.
You can use Bootcamp (here a tutorial). You shrink the Apple's partition to just a few GB and keep it there for emergencies.
I don't think you hate OSX so much to want it off your lawn machine so much. It's a dual-boot, you still have 100% performance using either OS.

The other way (untested, but I'm very convinced should work, if it doesn't you can always reinstall OSX and do the above) is straight booting from a Win7 install disk, nuke everything and install Win7, then after it's finished and you are in Windows 7 you pop in OSX install disk and run the setup.exe on it, that contains the Boot Camp driver installer that will make sure you can use Apple devices (sound and touchpad I think) for the rest it's the same as a normal PC as it is a normal PC.

EDIT: damn, didn't check OP post date. Oh well. Hope you find this useful anyway Ideuel.
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