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Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade vs MacBookPro

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Back on October 28th I turned 40. To celebrate I decided that I should by the computer which I have always wanted but could never justify the price. The Apple MacBook Pro 17″. I jumped on the Apple store website and half an hour later had ordered an Apple computer. Slowly over the next few days the bits n pieces arrived, I was so excited to finally see what all the fuss of a Mac was about.

15 minutes after start up I was exploring my Mac and all its crazy gadgets. I was so amazed at how easy the transition was for a person who had only used PC’s since 2003. I tweeted my joy, asking where had this been all my life. Over the ensuing week I purchased the dept. software and with in an hour had a Mac with Microsoft office 2008 for Mac and the full Adobe suite loaded, all my preferences sorted and working on new ideas.

At the around this time the Windows 7 Upgrade was officially made available to DET staff through the supplier. It is a steal at $50 delivered compared to the $500 odd dollars you would pay at a retailer. Reading the fine print, the upgrade required that Windows Vista be installed. No big deal I thought I have a copy of Vista that came with my Toshiba, I will just load it up and be ready for the new and exciting Windows 7 OS.

How wrong I was. Vista from a recovery disk took an easy 3/4 of an hour before it asked me who I was and was at least another 15 minutes before I could use the computer for what it was meant for. Then there were the driver issues!! At least 7 drivers required replacing for it to even start (the important graphics driver being the hardest). Having completed this I thought all would be ok, well wrong again. 2 days later and 160 to 170 updates later I could use my windows computer as a computer. Knowing I was going to upgrade to Windows 7 there was no need to add software or files, because I thought this would only slow the upgrade process.

Now we come to today 1pm. My Windows 7 arrived at work and I had senior Multimedia straight after lunch, perfect I thought, add Windows 7 and use it as a lesson at the same time.

Right on 1:15pm the bell went, I was in the room computer running, disc at the ready. The students arrived and I explained what was going to happen and that they were free to have a look at the process. I new I was in trouble 20 minutes in to the 75 minute period when Windows 7 was still deciding if it was compatible. After this there was an install screen which had 4 sections of progress and that it would restart several times as it went, normal practice for a windows install.

When the bell went for the end of the day the score was 1 and 1/2 sections installed and 2 reboots. I went away for 20 minutes came back hoping it had finished. When I looked the screen had not changed. Suddenly it said 100% and rebooted, I thought this might be the end. Unfortunately no, I was asked if I could leave by the head cleaner at 4 pm. So I kept the machine running on battery in my car on the way home fingers crossed it would be all over before I got home and run out of battery. 20 minutes later I entered the codes and a reboot was required.

On start up I received a little message stating that the system required another reboot to remove Vista data from the system. I obliged, after the reboot I shut the lid and headed home again.

On reaching home I fitted the charger, lifted the lid all was sweet, Windows 7 is quite attractive looking system. I set the background, window chrome style etc. made sure everything worked. Soon after the dreaded windows update appeared. This new OS which only arrived on October 22nd required 8 major security updates.

Any body want to buy an 8 month old Toshiba Satellite Pro??

I am going away from windows after this. Next month I’m buying an IMac.

Any one else have an opinion??

Written by theMolisticView

November 9th, 2009 at 8:28 am

7 Responses to 'Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade vs MacBookPro'

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  1. I’ve used Macs since 1984. I also operate with several PCs including one if my own. I have Windows7 at home, it’s working well. I have no complaints but I’m running it on a purpose built computer. I still prefer my MacBook Pro and the entire OS X platform. It’s far superior. Pity no OneNite or Captuvate for Macs. I find theiMac runs quite hot, check this out before proceeding.

    Russell Darnley

    9 Nov 09 at 9:10 am

  2. My Toshiba is still the current top end product they sell with Windows 7 installed so that was not the issue. The issue is the way Windows 7 installs over Vista. To much time. Plus it still does not load from scratch as fast as the Mac.

    Nice to know about the IMac, thanks


    9 Nov 09 at 10:14 am

  3. Sorry I meant OneNote and Captivate. Sometimes hard to type on an iPhone. Yes Macs do load quite fast. Mine’s a bit slower now that I’ve installed the Adobe CS4 suite.

  4. Mine is fine with CS4 on it. I don’t like Captivate so I loaded iShow on it (made by a KIWI). Office is a bit sucky but has word notes instead of oneNote.


    9 Nov 09 at 11:17 am

  5. Really interesting. I’m currently in a PC school (still running XP) but about to take delivery of a couple of MBP – one for myself and another staff member, and 3 MacBooks for student use. A bit of a toe in the water exercise if you like.

    Very interested to see if I share your experience, as I’m keen to test 7 on my netbook and notebook.


    9 Nov 09 at 11:15 am

  6. […] November 9, 2009 Apple vs Windows Posted by myr221 under Apple Macs | Tags: mac, netbook, notebook, windows 7 | Leave a Comment  As the day draws nearer and the incoming macs can’t be too far away, I’ve read with interest this blog post by Warrick Mole: Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade vs MacBookPro […]

  7. Thanks for sharing your experience it was very enlightening. Fortunately I haven’t had the need to upgrade any windows machine I use from XP and even that is enough to drive me to distraction. Most of my work these days is done on an iMac or PC’s running Linux. Fortunately the latest DET machines are relatively easy to setup as a dual boot. The latest mega bloat image that comes on the Acer laptops is somewhat of a joke. They are very slow to boot to a usable desktop and frustrating for students to use.


    12 Dec 09 at 7:10 am

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