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Thanks; I appreciate that. I’m obviously in the market for a newer card, and they’re the ones to whom I’ll turn when I finally decide on one. No way am I buying a four year old Apple 5870 for hundreds when I could buy a modern PC card and have it work perfectly in Windows and OS X. EFI boot menu? Pshh, who needs to see that?

 

I don't blame you. As you know Apple typically retains the same retail prices regardless of age with the exception of refurbished products.
 

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On a related note: WHY ISN’T WINDOWS USING EFI YET. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THEM?! IT’S TWENTY FOURTEEN.

 

 

Newer ones don't really use bios at this point.

post #82 of 84
Which versions of Windows work with Boot Camp 5.1?
You can use:

Microsoft Windows 8.0 and 8.1 (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 8.0 and 8.1 Pro (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Enterprise versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8 are not supported.

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5639
post #83 of 84

Can't really say much about Windows 8 as I never installed it anywhere but it's easy to buy a standalone version of Windows 8.1 (Amazon, for one source) with an installation DVD or by downloading the .iso file. My standalone install of 8.1 runs fine in Parallels 10 on my late 2007 iMac. Using StarDock's Start8 and always booting into the Desktop gives me a more flexible (and a bit faster) OS than Windows 7. I currently have 5 VM's available under Parallels (XP, 7, 8.1, 10 Technical Preview and Ubuntu 14). Besides Start8, there are several freeware options for handling the Windows Desktop start button and one never even has to know that the "Metro" start screen is even there. My feeling is that people that complain about Windows 8.1 probably haven't actually made it into "their own" Windows computer (and that's actually a pretty easy task to accomplish). I find that I like using 8.1 more than Windows 7 and it's time (for me) to move on. So I don't have a problem with Apple dropping Bootcamp support for Windows 7, even if they were to do it on my mid-2012 MacBook Pro (where I run Windows 7 under Bootcamp)... I would have no trouble moving to Windows 8.1 or 10.

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The problem, with not boot camping is that if you have a house hold that uses PC and Mac you will need to buy separate software for Apple like Word and publisher etc.

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