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Windows 7 partition on Macbook?

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    My 18th is coming up, and my parents have agreed to buy me a laptop of some kind for when I go off to uni this September. Because I'm doing a Music Technology course, and everyone uses a mac in that industry and at the unis I've applied for, it seems logical that I should get a macbook. But I still want to be able to run my Windows only applications. I know that it is possible to get a working Windows partition on a mac using Boot Camp, but what I want to know is how stable it is, and if using alien hardware slows the OS at all. Thanks.
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    (Original post by Andy Denyer)
    My 18th is coming up, and my parents have agreed to buy me a laptop of some kind for when I go off to uni this September. Because I'm doing a Music Technology course, and everyone uses a mac in that industry and at the unis I've applied for, it seems logical that I should get a macbook. But I still want to be able to run my Windows only applications. I know that it is possible to get a working Windows partition on a mac using Boot Camp, but what I want to know is how stable it is, and if using alien hardware slows the OS at all. Thanks.
    The hardware is exactly the same these days. No problems installing windows.
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    As said above, the hardware isn't particularly alien, so the two play together nicely.
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    All right, thanks guys.
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    One problem I've noticed is that when i'm on my windows 7 partition, when playing games or running particularly cumbersome applications the mac heats up to a disgusting level (i.e. can't keep it on my knee). I phoned applecare and they offered me a new one and I asked if it would fix it and they said no because it's something to do with the fans not being optimised for windows or that windows doesnt control them properly like the mac side does. I guess it's one only downfalls of having a metal laptop! Other than this though it seems to work perfectly!
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    (Original post by Andy Denyer)
    My 18th is coming up, and my parents have agreed to buy me a laptop of some kind for when I go off to uni this September. Because I'm doing a Music Technology course, and everyone uses a mac in that industry and at the unis I've applied for, it seems logical that I should get a macbook. But I still want to be able to run my Windows only applications. I know that it is possible to get a working Windows partition on a mac using Boot Camp, but what I want to know is how stable it is, and if using alien hardware slows the OS at all. Thanks.
    You might want to check if there are ports available for your programs that would allow you to run windows programs on a mac without a windows partition.
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    (Original post by SilverbySkyline)
    One problem I've noticed is that when i'm on my windows 7 partition, when playing games or running particularly cumbersome applications the mac heats up to a disgusting level (i.e. can't keep it on my knee). I phoned applecare and they offered me a new one and I asked if it would fix it and they said no because it's something to do with the fans not being optimised for windows or that windows doesnt control them properly like the mac side does. I guess it's one only downfalls of having a metal laptop! Other than this though it seems to work perfectly!
    I definitely wouldn't use any laptop on my lap if I was doing something CPU intensive, I'm not particularly fond of roasted nuts...

    But yea OP using Bootcamp on my MBP right now
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    It'll be as stable as any other machine; Windows is run independently from the mac side. The hardware inside your mac is very similar to the hardware in any other computer, so the hardware isn't alien.
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    Sweet, thanks for the replies guys this really helped.

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