Originally Posted by myapplelove
If once in a blue moon anyone need to run a windows application they can do so in a virtual machine with a xp that by all accounts is much faster than 7.
Why would anyone want to tax their system with the train wreck that is 7 in a virtual machine set up (or even worse a dual boot scheme)?
No need for 7 really.
Well, for some of us, there are several reasons we want, or need to run Windows XP/7 in full native mode. The most obvious is the ability to play true HD content on a Intel Mac - not the HD-lite (720p) content that OSX'ers have had to settle for being served up via Apple's iTunes portal.
In XP, or Windows 7, I am able to play and burn any full High Definition 1080p HD/Blu Ray video's without having to be shunted through Apple's Big Brother iTunes gauntlet. Currently, no OS virtualizers such as Parallels, or VM Ware support HD/Blu Ray content playback because of the fact that they can't fully utilize HDMI on the Mac's graphics card in emulation that's required for HD/Blu Ray playback.
I have never used Apple's Boot Camp app to install my Windows, or Linux machines on my Mac Pro. I simply insert the Windows, or Linux install CD/DVD and boot holding the c-key. From there, I just direct the OS to the drive I'd like it on (any empty drive that my OSX build is not already on), and then proceed to normally partition it in NTFS and away it goes. I extract the OSX drivers I need to properly run the Mac Pro's hardware (you can also easily get them from several online Hackintosh sites) and install them from a separately burned CD after the OS installation is complete. To boot into the Windows or Linux builds, I hold the options key at start-up and just select the drive I want. All Boot Camp really does is to actively partition either the primary drive, or another drive so that another OS can be installed on it. It also has OSX hardware drivers embedded into it (Which can easily be extracted). The exact same methods can be used for multiple OS's on a non-Apple machine as well - including OSX.
As far as Windows 7 being a "train wreck" of an OS - as you assert, it would seem that you have very little to zero actual knowledge, or experience working with it either in emulation, or natively. Windows 7 is straight-up faster than OSX 10.6 in almost every parameter. Where OSX 10.6 pulls ahead in overall performance is in it's more efficient multi-core utilization and memory usage. Try running Windows 7 in native mode and see for yourself what a "train wreck" OS can really do. While I still think that OX X is the best overall OS out there right now for everyday use, Windows 7 is a serious leap forward for MS and XP users. Your personal preferences and mileage may vary.....