Running Windows 8 on the Retina Display MacBook Pro [Images]

Running Windows 8 on the Retina Display MacBook Pro [Images]

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AnandTech has put Windows 8 on the new Retina Display MacBook Pro and managed to run the OS at a full 2880 x 1800 resolution.

Unfortunately, the GeForce GT 650M doesn't have native driver support in Windows 7 or Windows 8 yet.

Even without a working NVIDIA driver, I was able to get a feel for what a 2880 x 1800 setting would look like on a traditional desktop under Windows 8. If you remember back to our scaling and display analysis articles, Apple doesn't offer a desktop resolution equivalent higher than 1920 x 1200 under OS X. The thinking being that unscaled 2880 x 1800 would just be too small for the desktop, icon text and default UI elements... Text is indeed very small, but I suspect those with very good eyesight could actually be ok with this. I would love to see Apple actually expose a native resolution option under OS X.


Check out some screenshots of the new notebook running Windows 8 in 2880x1800 below...

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Running Windows 8 on the Retina Display MacBook Pro [Images]

Running Windows 8 on the Retina Display MacBook Pro [Images]

Running Windows 8 on the Retina Display MacBook Pro [Images]

Crunch - June 17, 2012 at 7:33pm
Windows 8 has been compared to Windows ME...by WINDOWS folks lol. That's right, it's not even worthy of a comparison to Vista. haha... Anywhooo, I *would* like a WSXGA+ (1680x1050) or even WUXGA (1920x1200) pixel-quadroupled for your Retina viewing pleasure @ 3840x2400 to use the latter example. Even on a 15.4". I used to be a Windows man and granted, I'm probably one of a comparatively speaking small number of super geeks and I'm not anti-Windows. You guys are just braindead, though. Your attacks on OSX are baseless and why is it that "PC" manufacturers try so hard to copy Apple (right down to the retail PACKAGING LOL) and then scream foul this loud? You freaks make "real" Windows people look bad. You can't face the fact that Microsoft is basically done. In the longterm I mean. The de-Windows-ization began 2 years ago and is now entering an accelerated phase. You guys are like flies when they know they're going to die and go nuts. That's right, folks. It's dyin' tiiiiiime......woohoo.....
Notch - June 17, 2012 at 3:10pm
What if I told you...that comments are for uncommon wisdom and insight that supplement the article, not a forum for you to whine incessantly about total bullshit. Nobody cares if you prefer Windows.
Curtix - June 17, 2012 at 4:25am
There sure is. Because there is no shortage of people in the world who are two stupid and inexperienced to manage their own computing experience and need something like OSX and Apple to Hold their hands.. OSX users a are on the whole not very computer savvy. PC users run the full spectrum. From novice to super geek.
wizz - June 16, 2012 at 9:12pm
I can't wait for Windows 8!!! That looks great! I was never a fan of Mac OS, to mee it looks like it was created for apes. I do have a Macbook Pro because I like the way it looks but I run Win 7 on it, a much better combination. My question is why does apple release retina display if they don't even use the full resolution it offers?
mac sucks - June 16, 2012 at 10:24pm
im with you bro. I had a mac running bootcamp windows 7 for a long time. actually several macs... theres NO difference between macs and PCs. but one thing tho I want you to know... this will blow your mind!!!!. I thought I had the best of both worlds but what I noticed was when I switched back to a PC... (wait for it)... it was so much better! seriously. Window's works on a PC A LOOOOOOOOT better than on a MacBook. you can sense the lag on a MacBook and of course the battery drain. If you switch to a window's dedicated PC with similar specs like i5 2nd gen 4gb ram and even intel HD and you run windows on it... omg the difference is so nice. Mac's lag a little with windows bootcamp
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