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Macs Finally Get Windows 7 Support in Boot Camp

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Apple has updated Boot Camp to include support for the latest version of Windows.

Welcome to October 2009, Apple fans. Following the promise that there would be an update to add support for Windows 7 by the end of 2009, Apple has finally released an update for its Boot Camp software utility that allows Mac-users to run the newest iteration of Windows on their machines.

PC World reports that Boot Camp 3.1 now adds support for all three versions of Windows 7 (Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate) in both 32-bit and 64-bit configurations and users wishing to upgrade to Windows 7 can do so using the Boot Camp Utility for Windows 7 Upgrade.

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    buckinbottoms , January 20, 2010 3:57 PM
    No point in buying a Mac just to run Windows on it. Thats like buying an overpriced outdated pc because it looks cool.
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    jedimasterben , January 20, 2010 4:57 PM
    hakestermanIt doesn't get Viruses or crash constantly like PC's do./citation]
    Is that so? Give me your IP address, and let's test that theory.

    And let's see... the last time my CUSTOM BUILT computer with my SELF-INSTALLED OS crashed was before nVidia wrote proper drivers for 64-bit Vista, which was in no way, shape, or form a fault of the Windows operating system.

    It's easy to make the Mac OS not crash by making it compatible with almost no hardware or software.
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    headscratcher , January 20, 2010 4:28 PM
    Well at least you can do something useful with the machine now.
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  • 23 Hide
    buckinbottoms , January 20, 2010 3:57 PM
    No point in buying a Mac just to run Windows on it. Thats like buying an overpriced outdated pc because it looks cool.
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    Glorian , January 20, 2010 4:09 PM
    I ask why Apple won't let me run osx virtually on my windows pc. Of course they worked hard to get 7 to work, how else are apple users going to be able to run the rest of the worlds software?
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    twu , January 20, 2010 4:10 PM
    Believe it or not, some of the Apple fan boys are willing to pay that just to run over price Mac.
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    Anonymous , January 20, 2010 4:16 PM
    Now how about letting PC users run the Mac environment.
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    headscratcher , January 20, 2010 4:28 PM
    Well at least you can do something useful with the machine now.
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    thejerk , January 20, 2010 4:33 PM
    Windows 7 installs on Macs without the need for Bootcamp. Try it.
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    nexuseclipse , January 20, 2010 4:33 PM
    Gotta love the mac hate. The drivers are now "officially" supported. I have been running win 7 with boot camp 3.0 since it came out without a hitch.
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    back_by_demand , January 20, 2010 4:36 PM
    je1117Now how about letting PC users run the Mac environment.

    Yeah right!!! And monkeys will fly outta Steve Jobs butt!!!

    I would be very interested to see how many Macs are actually run as Windows machines, a simple percentage. It would be an interesting comparison if the 4% of computers in the world that were Macs had the same 4% of their own machines running Windows...
    Does anyone have any actual numbers available?
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    gwolfman , January 20, 2010 4:38 PM
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    PC World reports that Boot Camp 3.1 now adds support for all three versions of Windows 7 (Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate)

    And what about Starter, Home Basic, Enterprise? Not all 3.
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    jedimasterben , January 20, 2010 4:57 PM
    hakestermanIt doesn't get Viruses or crash constantly like PC's do./citation]
    Is that so? Give me your IP address, and let's test that theory.

    And let's see... the last time my CUSTOM BUILT computer with my SELF-INSTALLED OS crashed was before nVidia wrote proper drivers for 64-bit Vista, which was in no way, shape, or form a fault of the Windows operating system.

    It's easy to make the Mac OS not crash by making it compatible with almost no hardware or software.
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    mindless728 , January 20, 2010 4:58 PM
    ok, and i believe half of the problems are because of PEBKAC (Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair)

    i only have PC's (and got my GF to switch) and never got a virus or had system crashes that weren't my fault (OC'ing is most of them)

    now also keep in mind that they use the same hardware, unless you like the Mac OSX there is no reason to buy a Mac anymore
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    manjyomethunder , January 20, 2010 5:00 PM
    hakestermanYou PC fans are nieve. The Imac is far better than any PC on the market. It doesn't get Viruses or crash constantly like PC's do. Once you use them for accouple of weeks they actually are easier to use and make more sense than a PC. I was a PC fan for 15 years, but decided to give them a try and now that i have i willnever go back to a Microsoft driven computer.


    No sir, I believe you are -naive- if you actually buy into Apple's bullshit marketing campaigns. One does not have security through obscurity. Just because it doesn't get viruses now, doesn't mean it can't.

    By the way, an overwhelming majority of problems with Windows based computers are caused by both trojans and scareware, not "viruses". It's user error and stupidity. Says a lot about you if you have problems, doesn't it?

    Oh, and my computer doesn't look like someone pissed on the bottom of the display. Have fun with your iMac.
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    winner4455 , January 20, 2010 5:02 PM
    hakestermanYou PC fans are nieve. The Imac is far better than any PC on the market. It doesn't get Viruses or crash constantly like PC's do. Once you use them for accouple of weeks they actually are easier to use and make more sense than a PC. I was a PC fan for 15 years, but decided to give them a try and now that i have i willnever go back to a Microsoft driven computer.


    The last time my PC crashed was 4 years ago, and that was a hardware issue... And Mac's do get viruses. Anyway, with a good anti-virus, viruses will be no problem. Windows computer + anti-virus = still a lot cheaper then a Mac...
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    tommysch , January 20, 2010 5:02 PM
    hakestermanYou PC fans are nieve. The Imac is far better than any PC on the market. It doesn't get Viruses or crash constantly like PC's do. Once you use them for accouple of weeks they actually are easier to use and make more sense than a PC. I was a PC fan for 15 years, but decided to give them a try and now that i have i willnever go back to a Microsoft driven computer.


    I dont need mr. Jobs benediction to run any apps. If you still get viruses and problems with Windows and you owned a PC for the last 15 years, your computer skills must suck. You better stay in an overpriced controlled environment
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    bydesign , January 20, 2010 5:02 PM
    hakestermanYou PC fans are nieve. The Imac is far better than any PC on the market. It doesn't get Viruses or crash constantly like PC's do. Once you use them for accouple of weeks they actually are easier to use and make more sense than a PC. I was a PC fan for 15 years, but decided to give them a try and now that i have i willnever go back to a Microsoft driven computer.


    Please stay off of the net before you hurt yourself.
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    Anonymous , January 20, 2010 5:10 PM
    hakseterman - I have no religious feelings about computers or the relevant OS's, but your kind of post is a classic example of ignorant foolishness. Windows machines simply do not "crash constantly" or get virus infections randomly or without user input/cause. I'm glad you like your Mac, but please think before you post this kind of drivel.
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    tipoo , January 20, 2010 5:13 PM
    Will they still have drivers that cripple performance and battery life under Windows?
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    apmyhr , January 20, 2010 5:14 PM
    hakestermanYou PC fans are nieve. The Imac is far better than any PC on the market. It doesn't get Viruses or crash constantly like PC's do.

    Wow, you appear to be very well informed. The last (and only) time I got a virus was 8 years ago when I tried to install a crack for a game. I fully deserved that virus because I was a dumb piece of shit. In fact, I kind of hope there will never be a Windows OS immune to all possible viruses, because that would let everyone stop exercising common sense.
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    zelannii , January 20, 2010 5:44 PM
    manjyomethunderNo sir, I believe you are -naive- if you actually buy into Apple's bullshit marketing campaigns. One does not have security through obscurity. Just because it doesn't get viruses now, doesn't mean it can't.By the way, an overwhelming majority of problems with Windows based computers are caused by both trojans and scareware, not "viruses". It's user error and stupidity. Says a lot about you if you have problems, doesn't it?Oh, and my computer doesn't look like someone pissed on the bottom of the display. Have fun with your iMac.


    Though there have been several POC viruses developed for Mac OS X, not a single one has ever been found in the wild. Trojans have appeared in limited numbers, but the only significant one found was embedded in a hacked copy of iLife '09 and iWork '09 distributed on illegal sharing sites (they got what they deserved fore stealing in my opinion).

    Next, you CAN run AV on a Mac, it;s simply not required for anyone wh's even a tiny bit careful. Permission escalation is virtually impossible in a UNIX environment without user interaction, usually incolving typing a password (not simply clicking OK to a prompt), and even then Kernel access is still restricted. You have to a) get directed to a custom web site, b) have a known unpatched vuln, c) in most cases respond to a prompt, and even then all they gain is control at least until the sesion ends. installing apps is not possible through that interface, and the OS enforces app presence notification for all non-kernel apps and drivers, so even if you GOT a virus, it would have to show up in your active app tray! A bot? yes it;s possible, but only through a user actually manually installing an app that happens to already be infected. Don't get apps from illigitimate sources, and you can't get a bot, trojan, worm, or virus on OS X. Use AV on top, and you can't get viruses from media and general files either.

    Security through Obscurity? no, its Security through hardening and best practice, and non-access to non-root users and services, and proper kernel level authentication, combined with memory sandboxing, app segregation, and coding rules that have to be followed to be allowed to run at all.

    to those who say you can equally or better secure a PC with the right skills, i call BULLSHIT. I have a network here with 2,000+ IT staff, over 3,500 servers, several mainframes, and near a dozen other platforms. We are hardened to DOD standards and higher, using the latest OS and current patches, behind a 3 tier network architecture and strict permission structures, inline packet instection systems, firewalls, and a dozen apps that look for illicit activity, and we have whole teams of people who do nothing but lock systems down as their full time job, and scan them continually for vulns and infections (to the great compaint of app areas and customers), and we still get viruses, regularly, if not daily (and that's just the SERVERS). Penetration to a data set or user list? never once, but DMZ and edge servers are going down continually, and app servers are compromized on a regualr basis, and infected files are found in file system scans every time they're run.

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