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macbook pro on a dual boot [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2013, 03:54
any one using macbook pro 15" on a dual boot with win 7/8 ? any performance issues?
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Re: macbook pro on a dual boot [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2013, 06:41
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any one using macbook pro 15" on a dual boot with win 7/8 ? any performance issues?


I have a macbook air with a windows 7 partition and run excel on there and it works well, but haven't tried to do much more. I use Boot Camp but have not tried the virtual machines like VMWare or Parallels. It would be easier but I know they are more resource intensive than going through boot camp. I made a 30GB partition, which is annoying, but should be plenty of space for whatever I do on windows. During bschool I think the biggest use of it will be to use the Windows version of Excel, and I might try to switch to one of the virtual machines when I go to school to save the hard drive space.
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Re: macbook pro on a dual boot [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2013, 06:52
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any one using macbook pro 15" on a dual boot with win 7/8 ? any performance issues?


I have a macbook air with a windows 7 partition and run excel on there and it works well, but haven't tried to do much more. I use Boot Camp but have not tried the virtual machines like VMWare or Parallels. It would be easier but I know they are more resource intensive than going through boot camp. I made a 30GB partition, which is annoying, but should be plenty of space for whatever I do on windows. During bschool I think the biggest use of it will be to use the Windows version of Excel, and I might try to switch to one of the virtual machines when I go to school to save the hard drive space.



yep. If you are using W7 only for excel, it completely makes sense to just use a virtual machine instead of partitioning. Have you done any performance intensive work on W7 (gaming etc.). Any heating issues?

During school, apart from Excel, I don't think there will be something that will cause a problem on a Mac. I will love to have a second opinion on this though.
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Re: macbook pro on a dual boot [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2013, 10:18
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If all you want is Excel and office, then you can use the Mac Version (though it is a bit more challenging and less documented and fewer features but should be enough generally)....
Also, you will find quite a few of your classmates with macs..... here is something to put into perspective. This is undergrad but still - sends the message.

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Re: macbook pro on a dual boot [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2013, 11:23
nice shot.

I'm a bit skeptical about the whole thing with mixed reviews on GC:
Against:
best-brand-of-laptop-for-mba-129679.html#p1066019

For:
2011-laptop-discussion-113516.html#p919673


and obviously, there are tons of posts supporting each !
Also read about some schools having a set specification standards for the laptops.

Although PC is a safer bet, I would like to go ahead with Mac.
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Re: macbook pro on a dual boot [#permalink] New post 22 Feb 2013, 21:23
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I would totally be ostracized in that class with my 2010 HP laptop.
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Re: macbook pro on a dual boot [#permalink] New post 22 Feb 2013, 22:49
Try Open Office 3.0,it's free .. A better alternative than having a partition .
All spreadsheets, word doc formats are compatible.... I use it on my Mac pro ....
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Re: macbook pro on a dual boot [#permalink] New post 23 Feb 2013, 01:05
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I would totally be ostracized in that class with my 2010 HP laptop.


:)

this looks like a secret Mac society meet to me.
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Re: macbook pro on a dual boot [#permalink] New post 23 Feb 2013, 01:06
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Try Open Office 3.0,it's free .. A better alternative than having a partition .
All spreadsheets, word doc formats are compatible.... I use it on my Mac pro ....



thanks. I'll try it out.
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Re: macbook pro on a dual boot [#permalink] New post 23 Feb 2013, 06:06
jumsumtak wrote:
RJSPO wrote:
Try Open Office 3.0,it's free .. A better alternative than having a partition .
All spreadsheets, word doc formats are compatible.... I use it on my Mac pro ....



thanks. I'll try it out.



you can get the same thing with Microsoft Office for Mac, but some things do work differently. Excel seems to be "dumbed down" a bit and things like VBA macros do not work the same as they do on Windows. The point of having a partition or virtual machine is to run the windows version of programs so you are on the same page as your classmates, so I don't think the Open Office solution would work very well in this case.
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Re: macbook pro on a dual boot [#permalink] New post 23 Feb 2013, 06:12
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jumsumtak wrote:
RJSPO wrote:
Try Open Office 3.0,it's free .. A better alternative than having a partition .
All spreadsheets, word doc formats are compatible.... I use it on my Mac pro ....



thanks. I'll try it out.



you can get the same thing with Microsoft Office for Mac, but some things do work differently. Excel seems to be "dumbed down" a bit and things like VBA macros do not work the same as they do on Windows. The point of having a partition or virtual machine is to run the windows version of programs so you are on the same page as your classmates, so I don't think the Open Office solution would work very well in this case.


my thoughts exactly. thank you for clearing that out.

I think parallel or a dual boot is the way to go.
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