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Cheapest way to run windows on macbook pro?
Posted by: goosegunner
Date: October 29, 2015 06:18PM
I would like to buy some software that will only run on windows.

What is the cheapest way to get windows running on my 2009 or 2012 macbook pro?

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Re: Cheapest way to run windows on macbook pro?
Posted by: The UnDoug
Date: October 29, 2015 06:22PM
You can see if the program will run under "wine."

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Re: Cheapest way to run windows on macbook pro?
Posted by: space-time
Date: October 29, 2015 06:28PM
if you really need windows (I assume you have some sort of windows license):

1-cheapest is Bootcamp (free) but you need to give up some of the hard drive, and you need to reboot

2-Parallels is often on sale for $20-30.

there are other options live VMWare (I think that's how it is spelled) but I never tried those and I don't think they are cheaper than option #2.
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Re: Cheapest way to run windows on macbook pro?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: October 29, 2015 06:33PM
The cheapest way? Boot Camp.



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Re: Cheapest way to run windows on macbook pro?
Posted by: goosegunner
Date: October 29, 2015 07:31PM
I do not have a Windows license.

It says it will run with Windows XP, 7, Vista or 8

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Re: Cheapest way to run windows on macbook pro?
Posted by: goodmanx
Date: October 29, 2015 08:35PM
you might try crossover.
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Re: Cheapest way to run windows on macbook pro?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: October 29, 2015 08:35PM
Winblows 8 is fairly cheap at the retail level. Or you can buy W7 fairly cheaply on Craigslist that are using improperly obtained activation codes.



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Re: Cheapest way to run windows on macbook pro?
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: October 29, 2015 08:47PM
Cheapest way to do it reliably is to buy a system-builder license for Windows and use Boot Camp.

...But spend the extra money and install a VM on the 2012. Boot Camp is a b!tch to back up and migrate when the time comes and Parallels or VMware Fusion will only take a modest speed hit vs native-booting, assuming you have a decent amount of RAM.



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Re: Cheapest way to run windows on macbook pro?
Posted by: jawg
Date: October 29, 2015 09:56PM
If you are not fond of going the Boot Camp route, Virtual Box from Oracle (virtualbox.org) is free. I am running Windows 7 with it on a MacBook Pro.



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Re: Cheapest way to run windows on macbook pro?
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: October 29, 2015 10:08PM
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jawg
If you are not fond of going the Boot Camp route, Virtual Box from Oracle (virtualbox.org) is free. I am running Windows 7 with it on a MacBook Pro.

'Can't recommend Virtualbox. I spend way too much of my valuable time troubleshooting it with clients who tried to save $50 bucks and spend thousands on support as a consequence.



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Re: Cheapest way to run windows on macbook pro?
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: October 29, 2015 11:07PM
What goodmanx said:

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Re: Cheapest way to run windows on macbook pro?
Posted by: deckeda
Date: October 30, 2015 06:31AM
I currently do one thing, run Project '13 or '16 on Win10 on VirtualBox and its fine. Gotta install the Guest Services or whatever it's called to enable shared folders and drag n drop.
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Re: Cheapest way to run windows on macbook pro?
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: October 30, 2015 07:20AM
The most expensive thing about running Windows on a Mac is buying Windows.



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Re: Cheapest way to run windows on macbook pro?
Posted by: Robert M
Date: October 30, 2015 01:28PM
goose,

What are the system requirements for the software? Truth to say, you might do well buying a dirt cheap Windows notebook. That's what I would do if I needed to run windows app.

Sure, it's nice to have it on your Mac either via bootcamp, parallels, etc. Despite that, I've found for simplicity and compatibility, a basic Windows notebook does the job nicely and they can be had very reasonable prices.

Refurbs or closeouts from the usual manufacturers. Machines on sale, purchased with a discount coupon from Staples and similar shops. Older models from Groupon, etc. Lots of ways to reduce the price significantly.

Robert
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Re: Cheapest way to run windows on macbook pro?
Posted by: davemchine
Date: October 30, 2015 04:08PM
I used VirtualBox for awhile and it worked well but had some limitations and bugs. I switched to Parallels and have been very happy. For very limited use I have had success with Wine but it is confusing and difficult.



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Re: Cheapest way to run windows on macbook pro?
Posted by: bwicklander
Date: October 31, 2015 09:50AM
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jawg
If you are not fond of going the Boot Camp route, Virtual Box from Oracle (virtualbox.org) is free. I am running Windows 7 with it on a MacBook Pro.
Virtualbox - I have had no problem with it and been running it for 3 years.
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Re: Cheapest way to run windows on macbook pro?
Posted by: goosegunner
Date: October 31, 2015 01:07PM
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bazookaman
The most expensive thing about running Windows on a Mac is buying Windows.

It is software to learn and improve Goose calling. It has a microphone, it records your calls and provides feedback for improvements.

It says it will run on XP and 1.5 gig of memory.

I might just buy a laptop from the University of Wisconsin surplus. They include a license and can be as cheap as $150.

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Re: Cheapest way to run windows on macbook pro?
Posted by: goosegunner
Date: October 31, 2015 01:09PM
Here is the cheapest example.

Lenovo R400
Processor: Centrino Duo
Speed: Dual 2.53ghz
Memory: 4gb
Hard Drive: 160gb
Screen: 14 inch
Media Device: CD-RW/DVD-ROM
$150 w/ Win 7 64-bit
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