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Macbook Pro but Windows?
« on: July 19, 2020, 12:51:38 AM »
Knocking around the place I came across a 15" MacBook Pro ( i7, 16gb, 256gb ssd ) and had a passing thought... Could I get rid of MacOS completely and install the best version of Windows ever made, Windows 8.1, natively and not with Bootcamp.

I have a few spare Win 8.1 keys from yonks ago when I had an MSDN subscription and as I don't really use the MacBook I thought I'd give it a whirl. So I created a bootable USB of Windows, copied the Bootcamp drivers to it as well, slapped it into the Mac, booted off USB, formatted the drive and installed Windows 8.1 with zero issues \o/

Impressively Windows boots in ( I kid you not ) 2 seconds to the password screen  :o 8) - So I now have an expensive laptop using an unsupported version of Windows :))

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Re: Macbook Pro but Windows?
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2020, 09:44:26 AM »
You will need to buy some keyboard stickers to get the necessary Windows key!


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Re: Macbook Pro but Windows?
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2020, 10:24:15 AM »
Yes Windows 8.1 was extremely quick to boot even without a SSD, and Apple is dropping support for Windows via Bootcamp in the new ARM Macs.  I only updated to Windows 10 because of the continued support.

I was watching a video yesterday which is quite the opposite, and something I'm considering.  It showed how you could boot to Windows 10 from an external SSD (plugged into a MacBook Pro).  Therefore you could easily switch between Windows and MacOS from a laptop.
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Re: Macbook Pro but Windows?
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2020, 03:30:12 PM »
You will need to buy some keyboard stickers to get the necessary Windows key
lol, no I won’t, just poured cmd ;D

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I was watching a video yesterday which is quite the opposite, and something I'm considering.  It showed how you could boot to Windows 10 from an external SSD (plugged into a MacBook Pro).  Therefore you could easily switch between Windows and MacOS from a laptop.
That’s what I use on my iMac, an external 512gb SSD with Windows 10 installed via the “Windows 2 Go” method.
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Re: Macbook Pro but Windows?
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2020, 03:45:34 PM »
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That’s what I use on my iMac, an external 512gb SSD with Windows 10 installed via the “Windows 2 Go” method.

I had to google "Windows 2 Go".  Looks interesting.  I'm not sure I'll do it yet, but a portable solution with Windows could be useful to go with the MacBook Pro.  Anyway, this is the video I was referring to.


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Re: Macbook Pro but Windows?
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2020, 04:50:15 PM »
I had to google "Windows 2 Go".  Looks interesting.  I'm not sure I'll do it yet, but a portable solution with Windows could be useful to go with the MacBook Pro.
Yup, that’s the method he uses in the video :) - great way of easily adding windows to a Mac without messing with partitioning your drive.
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Re: Macbook Pro but Windows?
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2020, 04:54:10 PM »
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great way of easily adding windows to a Mac without messing with partitioning your drive.

You should always put an OS on a separate drive anyway.
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Re: Macbook Pro but Windows?
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2020, 08:02:52 PM »
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great way of easily adding windows to a Mac without messing with partitioning your drive.

You should always put an OS on a separate drive anyway.
Absolutely but Apples Bootcamp doesn’t allow such practical methods :/
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Re: Macbook Pro but Windows?
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2020, 08:12:13 PM »
lol and Windows will eventually mess-up a Linux installation on the same drive.  Besides, for stability sanity treat each OS as a unique machine and boot to a unique drive.
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