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#1 cnl1980

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 14:48

Hi,
I currently own a MacBook Air (Late 2010, 1.6GHz, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD). But i felt really in love with Windows 8. compared to that I get the impression that Mac OS X is standing still. I am a long time Mac user (since the mid 90s), but I think the direction Apple is taking in Software is wrong and does not fit with the beautiful hardware. Does anyone else thinks the same? any experiences Running Windows 8 on a MacBook Air? Drawbacks? Is it bad for SSD when Boot Camp does not support TRIM? or is it better to sell the MBA and get a real Windows machine with touchscreen?


#2 Enron

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 14:56

I'm in the same situation. I want to put Windows 8 on my Macbook Pro 2011 but I'm not too sure of Apple's driver support. Running Windows 7 on it right now and performance is much slower than it should be considering the hardware inside. Thinking of getting something else just to be done with it.

#3 vetTHolman

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 14:59

So what's Apple doing with OS X that you don't like? I mean, Windows 8 has the App Store and everything, and Apple hasn't taken anything away from desktops, and I doubt that they will. They realize tha people need a powerful OS on these devices. Of course, there's nothing wrong with using Windows 8 on Bootcamp either, I'm just wondering what it is you don't like with OS X.

#4 Pam14160

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 15:02

I converted to the Windows world earlier this year after 27 years of Mac's. It really was a good move for me, and at this point I really no longer have a need or desire to own another Mac. Good luck if you make the switch.

#5 torrentthief

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 15:07

a windows 8 laptop with touchscreen, you really are dillusional. Only a crazy people would want to touch a screen to use windows. It would take forever to do anything and you would get repetative strain injury. If you love win8 so much just sell your macbook and get a windows 8 laptop without a touchscreen or Wait for an arm ultrathin notebook with windows 8 if you must have a device as thin as your macbook air.

#6 manosdoc

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 15:08

You can wipe completely OSX and install Windows 8 native.
Don't use Bootcamp. One thing for sure, your graphics card will see a huge improvement.

#7 Enron

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 15:13

You can wipe completely OSX and install Windows 8 native.
Don't use Bootcamp. One thing for sure, your graphics card will see a huge improvement.


How do you do that? If I took a new SSD and put it in my Macbook, what's the next step? Or do you have a link to some instructions?

#8 siah1214

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 15:20

a windows 8 laptop with touchscreen, you really are dillusional. Only a crazy people would want to touch a screen to use windows. It would take forever to do anything and you would get repetative strain injury. If you love win8 so much just sell your macbook and get a windows 8 laptop without a touchscreen or Wait for an arm ultrathin notebook with windows 8 if you must have a device as thin as your macbook air.


This is the first time I've seen someone day that 8 is better without a touchscreen. To the OP I would sell your MBA when Surface Pro comes out. You'll get the full Windows 8 on a Machine smaller and lighter than the MBA.

#9 vcfan

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 15:26

get a real windows 8 machine designed for the os. everything from drivers,to hardware is designed to use it properly.

#10 manosdoc

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 15:27

How do you do that? If I took a new SSD and put it in my Macbook, what's the next step? Or do you have a link to some instructions?


Burn the windows 8 iso to a DVD drive, or create a USB bootable version of the x64 architecture. Insert it, reboot, hold the command key and wait for the Piano tone. Choose Windows option and follow as usual.

(Optional)
When Windows Boot to Setup at the first screen before proceeding hit SHIFT+F10 and call on command promt the "diskpart"
then
list disk
sel disk 0 (or whatever number given)
clean
exit
and proceed to install.

#11 xendrome

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 15:30

get a real windows 8 machine designed for the os. everything from drivers,to hardware is designed to use it properly.


Anything that runs Windows 7 supports it also, since the drivers are basically the same. Yes there are some changes, but don't try to mislead anyone into thinking a Windows 7 system won't fully support it because it will.

#12 manosdoc

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 15:33

Windows 8 will automatically install most drivers. If anything missing windows 7 drivers are compatible too.

#13 Enron

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 15:35

Burn the windows 8 iso to a DVD drive, or create a USB bootable version of the x64 architecture. Insert it, reboot, hold the command key and wait for the Piano tone. Choose Windows option and follow as usual.

(Optional)
When Windows Boot to Setup at the first screen before proceeding hit SHIFT+F10 and call on command promt the "diskpart"
then
list disk
sel disk 0 (or whatever number given)
clean
exit
and proceed to install.


Ok, I have an actual retail copy of the Windows 8 Pro. That's the same as if I burned my own copy, right?

#14 manosdoc

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 15:38

Ok, I have an actual retail copy of the Windows 8 Pro. That's the same as if I burned my own copy, right?

Of course. As long as it's the x64 (EFI reasons) version go ahead.

#15 xWhiplash

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 15:43

You can wipe completely OSX and install Windows 8 native.
Don't use Bootcamp. One thing for sure, your graphics card will see a huge improvement.


Um...what? When you use Bootcamp, you are running windows natively. Bootcamp is not a virtual machine. I can max any game I want to even in Bootcamp. If you have the Mac Pro like I do, you do not need to even install the bootcamp drivers since I have all Windows and Mac compatible accessories.