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So Help a Guy Pick – Windows 7 vs. Windows 8?

windows 7 or 8I’m hoping that between this blog, Google+, and Twitter, the hive mind can help me choose between Windows 7 and Windows 8 for my Retina MacBook Pro. I’m probably running the risk of starting a debate about the virtues of Windows vs. Mac, or the folly of using Windows to game on a Mac, but damn the torpedoes.




I have two options when it comes to getting Windows on the MacBook Pro:

1) Deactivate a retail copy of Windows 7 that is on my iMac, and transfer it to my Retina MacBook Pro. The license for the retail copy permits this. Cost: Free

2) Leave Windows 7 on the iMac, and buy Windows 8 for the MacBook Pro. A Windows 8 System Builder disc/license costs $90 on Amazon, and unlike Windows 7, the Windows 8 System Builder license allows you to transfer it to new machines in the future. Cost: $90 (plus $79.99 if I decide to run Windows 8 in Parralels).

Option that I’ve probably ruled out: Buy a new copy of Windows 7. Windows 7 is actually more expensive than Windows 8, so if I’m going to go the Windows 7 route, I’d just use my current license.



  • Because I have a toddler in the house, I hardly make it down into the basement to use that iMac. Removing Windows 7 from it wouldn’t be that big of a deal, except for the three or four times a year I actually get down there to game. I do have more opportunities to game on my Retina MacBook Pro.
  • Cheaper (i.e., free)
  • Windows 8 has gotten many poor reviews (and I wrote before about what a flop it has been, sales-wise).
  • I’ll be using a Mac, so Windows 8’s touchscreen features are moot.
  • I’m familiar with Windows 7, as I use it at work and have used it on past Windows machines.
  • No clue how Windows 8 is for gaming. I know that Windows 7 was rock solid on past machines. Most of the games I’ll play will be pretty old games via Gog.com, but I’ll also dive into Skyrim and the Mass Effect series.



  • It would require some work to backup everything from the Windows 7 partition on my iMac, and move it over to the MacBook.
  • I’m intrigued with the thought of trying out a new operating system. It could be fun messing around with Windows 8, and also would help me keep my geek cred relevant. Frankly, this might outweigh everything.
  • Even though I don’t use my iMac much at all, that could change as my daughter gets older. It might be nice to still have Windows installed on it, if I don’t move Windows 7 to the MacBook.
  • Much less work. I can leave the iMac alone, and start Windows from scratch on the MacBook.
  • Despite many poor reviews, there are people who seem to love Windows 8.

So, is there anyone out there with opinons on this? What are your thoughts on Windows 8?