I’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.
FACTORS IN FAVOR OF TRANSFERING MY COPY OF WINDOWS 7
- 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.
FACTORS THAT FAVOR PURCHASING WINDOWS 8
- 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?