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Is Windows 100% compatible with Mac hardware?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by void.no.spam.com@gmail.com, May 1, 2010.

  1. void.no.spam.com@gmail.com

    void.no.spam.com@gmail.com Flightless Bird

    Could there be any possible issues with running Windows XP or 7 on a
    Mac? Or is Windows 100% compatible with Mac hardware?
     
  2. DL

    DL Flightless Bird

    your kidding, right?

    <void.no.spam.com@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:e238b48a-dfaa-4c43-b2de-0ca166f4703b@y36g2000yqm.googlegroups.com...
    > Could there be any possible issues with running Windows XP or 7 on a
    > Mac? Or is Windows 100% compatible with Mac hardware?
     
  3. Bigguy

    Bigguy Flightless Bird

    On 01/05/2010 15:35, void.no.spam.com@gmail.com wrote:
    > Could there be any possible issues with running Windows XP or 7 on a
    > Mac? Or is Windows 100% compatible with Mac hardware?

    Depends on the Mac ;-)

    I'm running OSX, XP and Win7 on a Macbook Pro (unibody).

    Main problem is the keyboard is missing some useful keys (page up/down)
    and the trackpad doesn't do right clicks...

    With an external mouse it works well enough.

    Guy
     
  4. Bruce Chambers

    Bruce Chambers Flightless Bird

    void.no.spam.com@gmail.com wrote:
    > Could there be any possible issues with running Windows XP or 7 on a
    > Mac? Or is Windows 100% compatible with Mac hardware?



    No, it's not compatible with Mac hardware, at all. It's possible to
    use Windows on a Mac only by using it in a sort of "virtual machine, by
    using Boot Camp, available only in newer versions of the MacOS X.

    --

    Bruce Chambers

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  5. Shenan Stanley

    Shenan Stanley Flightless Bird

    void.no.spam.com@gmail.com wrote:
    > Could there be any possible issues with running Windows XP or 7 on a
    > Mac? Or is Windows 100% compatible with Mac hardware?


    Mac hardware... *grin*

    Now - with Intel Macs - the difference between a Windows PC and a Macintosh
    is basically a hardware check by OS X proving the hardware was sold by
    Apple. ;-)

    Windows will run fine on a Macintosh with no other operating system
    installed. I have a friend that has a Macintosh laptop and desktop and has
    not booted to OS X on either one in a year or more - one doesn't even have
    OS X installed at all - it has Windows Server 2008 R2 installed.

    Now - as for *why* you would want to do this - I have no explanation. You
    spent more for hardware you could have gotten for a lot less in the same
    configuration. ;-)

    --
    Shenan Stanley
    MS-MVP
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  6. Paul

    Paul Flightless Bird

    void.no.spam.com@gmail.com wrote:
    > Could there be any possible issues with running Windows XP or 7 on a
    > Mac? Or is Windows 100% compatible with Mac hardware?


    Macintosh computers come in many flavors and generations. For
    example, I have an old Quadra here, running a Motorola 68K
    family processor. No, no version of Windows will install directly
    on that. The driver situation would be a disaster (Nubus, not PCI).

    On a later machine, a G4 (PowerPC processor), I run windows via
    using Virtual PC for Macintosh. That works fine and allows running
    a Windows OS in a standalone window. I run MacOS 9, MacOSX, and
    Virtual PC for my other OS options.

    The third generation of processors for Mac, is Intel.
    (68K CISC, PowerPC RISC, Intel x86.) Since the Intel processor
    is the same as the ones used on PCs, that should give you more
    options for OSes. I think BootCamp, gives you dual booting.
    Note they mention that BootCamp comes with drivers, which would
    be an important component of installing an OS. Make sure
    the driver support is there, for whatever OS you want
    to use.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boot_Camp_(software)

    This one, allows running MacOSX and Windows at the same time.
    I'm guessing this is similar to Virtual PC.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallels_Desktop_for_Mac

    It is also possible to run MacOSX for Intel, on top of PC
    type equipment. There are lots of people out there
    doing Hackintosh experiments, which you can find with
    a search engine. They discuss which hardware platforms
    are "good enough" to support booting either kind of OS.
    So you can also do this kind of dual booting, in the
    opposite direction.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackintosh

    Paul
     
  7. Bud Vitoff

    Bud Vitoff Flightless Bird

    On 5/1/10 10:11 AM, in article 842uk5F33eU1@mid.individual.net, "Bigguy"
    <bigguy@under_radar.com> wrote:

    >
    > Main problem is the keyboard is missing some useful keys (page up/down)
    >


    Fn key plus up/down arrows work for me.
     
  8. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In view of some of the silly and vague advice already given, I'd just like
    to offer Paul a KUDOS for a clear, concise response to the OP.
    If the OP doesn 't understand it all, and many people won't, at least
    the words/components needed to do a search engine search are there for the
    OP.
    OP: Pay most attention to Paul's post; it's good.

    Good job, Paul,

    HTH,

    Twayne`


    n news:hri0p0$s61$1@speranza.aioe.org,
    Paul <nospam@needed.com> typed:
    > void.no.spam.com@gmail.com wrote:
    >> Could there be any possible issues with running Windows XP
    >> or 7 on a Mac? Or is Windows 100% compatible with Mac
    >> hardware?

    >
    > Macintosh computers come in many flavors and generations.
    > For example, I have an old Quadra here, running a Motorola
    > 68K family processor. No, no version of Windows will install
    > directly on that. The driver situation would be a disaster
    > (Nubus, not PCI).
    > On a later machine, a G4 (PowerPC processor), I run windows
    > via using Virtual PC for Macintosh. That works fine and
    > allows running a Windows OS in a standalone window. I run
    > MacOS 9, MacOSX, and Virtual PC for my other OS options.
    >
    > The third generation of processors for Mac, is Intel.
    > (68K CISC, PowerPC RISC, Intel x86.) Since the Intel
    > processor is the same as the ones used on PCs, that should give you
    > more options for OSes. I think BootCamp, gives you dual
    > booting. Note they mention that BootCamp comes with drivers, which
    > would be an important component of installing an OS. Make sure
    > the driver support is there, for whatever OS you want
    > to use.
    >
    > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boot_Camp_(software)
    >
    > This one, allows running MacOSX and Windows at the same
    > time. I'm guessing this is similar to Virtual PC.
    >
    > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallels_Desktop_for_Mac
    >
    > It is also possible to run MacOSX for Intel, on top of PC
    > type equipment. There are lots of people out there
    > doing Hackintosh experiments, which you can find with
    > a search engine. They discuss which hardware platforms
    > are "good enough" to support booting either kind of OS.
    > So you can also do this kind of dual booting, in the
    > opposite direction.
    >
    > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackintosh
    >
    > Paul
     
  9. Bud Vitoff

    Bud Vitoff Flightless Bird

    On 5/1/10 10:11 AM, in article 842uk5F33eU1@mid.individual.net, "Bigguy"
    <bigguy@under_radar.com> wrote:

    > Main problem is the keyboard is missing some useful keys (page up/down)
    > and the trackpad doesn't do right clicks...
    >


    I'm new to the Mac world, so I may be off base here, but ...

    I have an iMac with OS X 10.6.3, and I can do page up/down using fn with
    up/down arrows, and right-clicks using control-click.

    FWIW, there's a scary list of Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts at

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1343?viewlocale=en_US
     
  10. graham

    graham Flightless Bird

  11. Bert Hyman

    Bert Hyman Flightless Bird

    In news:2010050312571628581-graham@giganews graham <graham@giganews> wrote:

    ><meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
    ><meta http-equiv="Content-Style-Type" content="text/css">
    ><title></title>
    ><meta name="Generator" content="Cocoa HTML Writer">
    ><meta name="CocoaVersion" content="1038.29">
    ><style type="text/css">


    What?

    --
    Bert Hyman St. Paul, MN bert@iphouse.com
     
  12. Juan I. Cahis

    Juan I. Cahis Flightless Bird

    Dear Bruce & friends, Boot Camp is not a virtual machine, if you have
    a Boot Camp partition on a Mac, you boot directly from it. Of course,
    you should have the video, mouse, etc, windows Apple supplied drivers
    installed, as in any windows installation.

    And you don't need MacOS X to install Boot Camp, you can do it
    manually (as I did) if you know how to partition your hard drive
    correctly for Boot Camp.

    Bruce Chambers <bchambers@cable0ne.n3t> wrote:

    >void.no.spam.com@gmail.com wrote:
    >> Could there be any possible issues with running Windows XP or 7 on a
    >> Mac? Or is Windows 100% compatible with Mac hardware?

    >
    >
    > No, it's not compatible with Mac hardware, at all. It's possible to
    >use Windows on a Mac only by using it in a sort of "virtual machine, by
    >using Boot Camp, available only in newer versions of the MacOS X.

    Thanks
    Juan I. Cahis
    Santiago de Chile (South America)
     
  13. Nil

    Nil Flightless Bird

    On 03 May 2010, Bert Hyman <bert@iphouse.com> wrote in
    microsoft.public.windowsxp.general:

    > In news:2010050312571628581-graham@giganews graham
    > <graham@giganews> wrote:
    >
    >><meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html;
    >>charset=iso-8859-1"> <meta http-equiv="Content-Style-Type"
    >>content="text/css"> <title></title>
    >><meta name="Generator" content="Cocoa HTML Writer">
    >><meta name="CocoaVersion" content="1038.29">
    >><style type="text/css">

    >
    > What?


    He's offering you some Cocoa. Don't be rude, just take it.
     
  14. Michael

    Michael Flightless Bird

    "Nil" <rednoise@REMOVETHIScomcast.net> wrote in message
    news:Xns9D6D69D83FC0Bnilch1@130.133.4.11...
    > On 03 May 2010, Bert Hyman <bert@iphouse.com> wrote in
    > microsoft.public.windowsxp.general:
    >
    >> In news:2010050312571628581-graham@giganews graham
    >> <graham@giganews> wrote:
    >>
    >>><meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html;
    >>>charset=iso-8859-1"> <meta http-equiv="Content-Style-Type"
    >>>content="text/css"> <title></title>
    >>><meta name="Generator" content="Cocoa HTML Writer">
    >>><meta name="CocoaVersion" content="1038.29">
    >>><style type="text/css">

    >>
    >> What?

    >
    > He's offering you some Cocoa. Don't be rude, just take it.


    He's mad because no marshmallows were offered.
    --


    "Don't pick a fight with an old man.
    If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."
     
  15. HeyBub

    HeyBub Flightless Bird

    void.no.spam.com@gmail.com wrote:
    > Could there be any possible issues with running Windows XP or 7 on a
    > Mac? Or is Windows 100% compatible with Mac hardware?


    Somehow this reminds me of Samuel Johnson's famous observation:

    "A woman in the pulpit is like a dog raised up on its hinder legs. It is not
    surprising that it does it poorly, but rather that it would want to do so at
    all."
     
  16. mycomputer@mydesk.com

    mycomputer@mydesk.com Flightless Bird

    On Sat, 01 May 2010 16:11:12 +0100, Bigguy <bigguy@under_radar.com>
    wrote:

    >On 01/05/2010 15:35, void.no.spam.com@gmail.com wrote:
    >> Could there be any possible issues with running Windows XP or 7 on a
    >> Mac? Or is Windows 100% compatible with Mac hardware?

    >Depends on the Mac ;-)
    >
    >I'm running OSX, XP and Win7 on a Macbook Pro (unibody).
    >
    >Main problem is the keyboard is missing some useful keys (page up/down)
    >and the trackpad doesn't do right clicks...
    >
    >With an external mouse it works well enough.
    >
    >Guy


    This problem will soon be solved after Steve Jobs and Bill Gates beat
    the hell out of each other. Whichever one lives after the beating
    will determine which hardware will continue being manufactured in the
    future.

    You can place bets now. Who will live, Jobs or Gates?
     
  17. Bob I

    Bob I Flightless Bird

    mycomputer@mydesk.com wrote:

    > On Sat, 01 May 2010 16:11:12 +0100, Bigguy <bigguy@under_radar.com>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >>On 01/05/2010 15:35, void.no.spam.com@gmail.com wrote:
    >>
    >>>Could there be any possible issues with running Windows XP or 7 on a
    >>>Mac? Or is Windows 100% compatible with Mac hardware?

    >>
    >>Depends on the Mac ;-)
    >>
    >>I'm running OSX, XP and Win7 on a Macbook Pro (unibody).
    >>
    >>Main problem is the keyboard is missing some useful keys (page up/down)
    >>and the trackpad doesn't do right clicks...
    >>
    >>With an external mouse it works well enough.
    >>
    >>Guy

    >
    >
    > This problem will soon be solved after Steve Jobs and Bill Gates beat
    > the hell out of each other. Whichever one lives after the beating
    > will determine which hardware will continue being manufactured in the
    > future.
    >
    > You can place bets now. Who will live, Jobs or Gates?
    >


    My money's on Bill, Jobs is doing good just being vertical, and the
    "mac" is already converted over to Intel.
     

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