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  • Apple's New Mac Pro Ends Windows 7 Support in Boot Camp


    Professional Mac users who depend on Apple’s Boot Camp to run legacy Windows applications may need to reconsider upgrading to the latest Mac Pro as Apple has dropped support for Windows 7 on the redesigned desktop. Users attempting to install Windows with Apple’s dual-boot solution are prompted to install “Windows 8 or later” by the setup assistant, according to independent Mac developer Twocanoes. The Cupertino California company has subsequently confirmed the changes with an update to its Boot Camp support documentation as well.

    The change is unlikely to please professional users who will now be forced to choose between upgrading to Windows 8, migrating their Windows 7 environment to a virtualization package, or choosing a different Mac. Windows 8 has suffered much of the same fate as that of Windows Vista, largely passed over by corporate IT department and professional users thanks to its controversial architecture and user interface changes.

    Apple’s new Mac Pro is the first Mac to drop support for Microsoft’s previous-generation operating system but subsequent releases will presumably follow suit. The Cupertino California company stopped supporting Windows XP and Vista installations beginning with the second-gen MacBook Air, just under two years after the release of Windows 7.

    Are any of you Mac Pro users disappointed with the news?

    Source: Apple via Twocanoes (blog), MacWindows
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple's New Mac Pro Ends Windows 7 Support in Boot Camp started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. TT KH's Avatar
      TT KH -
      What on earth!
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      thats a stupid move
    1. sault's Avatar
      sault -
      Absolutely dissapointed. I'll keep on my Mac Pro 2010.
    1. zrevai's Avatar
      zrevai -
      Apple doesn't want to maintain Mac Hardware Drivers for any Legacy versions of Microsoft Windows!!!

      AKA Windows XP, Windows Vista, and now apparently Windows 7 are all too old to keep each Platform Specific Windows Driver Bundle updated with all the latest Mac Hardware Updates.

      Especially since Microsoft changed how Hardware Drivers work from Windows XP to Vista and from Vista to Windows 7, there were some major overhauls on what drivers could do and how they are initialized. Then they changed even more about Hardware Drivers from Windows 7 to Windows 8.

      So I completely understand Apple not wanting to create 4 or more Drivers per Hardware Device, One for each version of Windows. So going over all the Hardware in Macs over the life of the Intel Macs is a massive amount of Unique Hardware Drivers and then to keep supporting XP, Vista, 7, & 8 Would Require Apple To Maintain FOUR times the code/effort and for Operating Systems Microsoft Does Not Support Anymore!!!

      Makes complete sense to me…
    1. docmagoo2's Avatar
      docmagoo2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by zrevai View Post
      Apple doesn't want to maintain Mac Hardware Drivers for any Legacy versions of Microsoft Windows!!!

      AKA Windows XP, Windows Vista, and now apparently Windows 7 are all too old to keep each Platform Specific Windows Driver Bundle updated with all the latest Mac Hardware Updates.

      Especially since Microsoft changed how Hardware Drivers work from Windows XP to Vista and from Vista to Windows 7, there were some major overhauls on what drivers could do and how they are initialized. Then they changed even more about Hardware Drivers from Windows 7 to Windows 8.

      So I completely understand Apple not wanting to create 4 or more Drivers per Hardware Device, One for each version of Windows. So going over all the Hardware in Macs over the life of the Intel Macs is a massive amount of Unique Hardware Drivers and then to keep supporting XP, Vista, 7, & 8 Would Require Apple To Maintain FOUR times the code/effort and for Operating Systems Microsoft Does Not Support Anymore!!!

      Makes complete sense to me…
      Windows 7 is the only version that allows me to work from home via a remote client. It refuses to install on windows 8 / 8.1 so I think in business terms this is a silly decision. I can understand dropping support for XP and vista though. I'm sure someone will develop a work around though
    1. cpotoso's Avatar
      cpotoso -
      It is a pretty expensive machine, so provide world-class support, eh? This sucks.