I see this sub-section is mostly user's requesting assistance so I hope this is okay.
(Use this forum to discuss, ask questions, and give answers for the operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Apple Inc.)
I am a long-time windows user, In fact I can't recall ever using anything else apart from fiddling around with a Macbook Pro at an Apple store.
I've recently had both my Windows 8 and 8.1 system's infected and have found myself looking into Mac's and Apple's Sandbox app.
Being very unfamiliar with Apple products and OS's I was wondering if anybody could give me a run down on how difficult they found the switch and getting used to the new system, I am particularly interested in personal opinions/experiences with the Sandbox app and/or installing and using multiple OS's on a partitioned drive.
- Was the switch easy? For example: Finding an everyday program you need to use like Notepad or Task Manager.
Yes and no.
How easy it is to switch will depend on the individual. In general, the Mac OS and Windows are very similar for a lot of things. As the saying goes, "the devil is in the details". While in a general sense, many basic operations are very similar, there are differences on how some things work. And those differences can drive some people crazy.
So, in the end, it is not an easy question to answer as different people will have different experiences with it.
Now, as to finding programs, again that will depend. For "normal", main-stream applications, there should be no problem as most main stream applications have both Mac OS and Windows version. For example, Microsoft Office, Photoshop, etc. For most other "productivity" applications that don't have both Windows and Mac versions, there is usually a Mac equivalent that you can find.
The difficultly gets into dealing with very purpose specific/specialized programs. Sometimes there will not be a Mac equivalent. For example, in the "real world", I am a structural engineer. All my structural engineering programs are all Windows only. There used to be some Mac structural programs, but they are mostly gone. As a result, I have to run Windows for the structural programs.
- How did you find the Sandbox App in terms of simplicity, operation, security and malfunctions.
The sandbox function is something that you don't see or really deal with unless you are a developer who wants to sell their programs on the Mac App Store. In other words, as a users, it is just something that "works".
About the only way you will notice it is that Mac App Store apps that are sandboxed have some limitations. For example, you will not find "true" disk utilities in the Mac App Store as sandboxing limits the functionality of such apps. As a result, you still need to get those applications that same way as in the past…i.e. through a third party.
- Did you install multiple OS's onto your Mac?
- Did you find it difficult or problematic to switch between them?
- How was the install process?
- Are they difficult to maintain when it comes to security?
- What kind of effect (if any) did it have on the proficiency of your system?
Yes, I have Windows running on my Macs for the reason stated above…i.e. to run my structural engineering software.
It is not difficult for me to switch between the two both practically (i.e. the actual process of switching) as well as dealing with how both do things a little different. In my case, I use Parallels to run Windows in a Virtual Machine. So, this means that Windows is just a "window" in the Mac OS. The other option is to use Boot Camp, which then requires you to reboot the machine to get to the other OS.
In general, the install process for Windows on Mac using either a VM program (such as Parallels) or Boot Camp is not that hard. Boot Camp is likely a bit more work, but it is still pretty easy.
Windows is still Windows when it comes to security. Whether you run it in a VM or in Boot Camp, you will still need to practice the same security precautions as if Windows was running on some Windows computer. In other words, you still need anti-virus/malware programs, be careful what you click on, etc. Generally, speaking, however, Windows malware will NOT transfer from the Windows side of this to the Mac side. The one advantage of running Windows in a VM is that is it REALLY easy to "backup" your Windows install (i.e. you just copy the Windows VM image file to another drive) and most VM programs have the ability to do "snapshot" of Windows that you can revert to…kind of like Windows Restore, but better in many ways.
Windows will run just fine on Mac hardware. If you run it in Boot Camp, then you will lose effectively zero performance compared to similar Windows hardware. The only issue is that Apple does not always provide full driver support for all functions. For example, MacBook Pro computers have dual graphics systems…a more powerful "discrete" graphics and the more battery friendly "integrated" graphics. Apple has drivers in the Mac side to automatically switch between the two, but does not provide the same functionality on for Windows…you are stuck with the more powerful, but battery chugging "discrete" graphics.
If you run Windows in a VM, then you do lose a little bit of performance, especially on the graphics side. But, it is generally something that I don't really notice myself for the things that I do.
Thanks in advance for interest - Krux
- If you have both a Mac and a Windows PC, Which one do you prefer as your main system and why?
I do also have an actual Windows tower in addition to running Windows in VMs on my Macs.
Personally, I like Macs better, but that is likely a function of the fact that I grew up using Macs. I am equally comfortable on Windows, but just prefer the Mac OS. Of course, it helps that generally things like malware are much less of an issue on Macs than on Windows.
Edited by smax013, 14 July 2014 - 10:51 AM.