ucla2008 wrote:Quick question, if you stick with a mac, how much does a copy of windows cost to run for test time? (legally running it)
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$90. You don't need to buy a retail version. An OEM (original equipment manufacturer) copy is just fine. Its totally legit but designed to be sold included with a machine so it foregoes all the retail packaging. That is the only difference. The operating system is the same.
Also, and they don't like to advertise this, but if you buy a new Mac at the Apple Store and provide them with a SEALED copy of Windows they will do the entire boot camp setup and get the entire thing working. Turn around time should be no more than a couple of days. I'm not sure if this applies to all stores though or just the larger ones with on site technicians. If you don't already own a Mac, and especially if this will be your first Mac, it is well worth it. Boot camp is a bit of a pain to do the initial setup. Once done, however its great. Other options like Parallels and Fusion will not suffice for the schools that I've been accepted to but you should check your individual schools requirements.