Thurrott: no EFI support for Vista! Anyone want to buy a near-new Intel iMac?

On Friday, Paul Thurrott quoted Australian Personal Computer’s Dan Warne, “Microsoft revealed today that it will not support EFI booting for Windows Vista on its launch. The news will be a shock for owners of Intel Macs who had hoped they would be able to dual-boot between Windows Vista and OS X. Intel Macs only support booting via EFI.”

In case you missed that news, we covered it last Thursday here: Microsoft Windows Vista will not support EFI booting (Intel-based Macs only support booting via EFI).

Thurrott’s reaction: Yikes. So. Does anyone want to buy a near-new Intel iMac? 🙁

Daring Fireball’s John Gruber beat us to the punch on this one with the concise headline “Dipshit of the Week: Paul Thurrott” and the two-line note, “Ends up, surprise surprise, that Windows Vista probably won’t boot the Intel-based Macs. Paul Thurrott now apparently wants to sell his new iMac — which, of course, Apple has explicitly stated would never support Windows.”

More wit and witticisms can usually be found over at Daring Fireball: http://daringfireball.net/

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Related MacDailyNews article:
Microsoft Windows Vista will not support EFI booting (Intel-based Macs only support booting via EFI) – March 09, 2006

51 Comments

  1. MDN – where’s the note regarding Gruber’s misstatement?

    In fact, Apple has explicitly stated that they would do nothing to prevent Windows from running on Intel Macs.

    Thurott’s right — owning an Intel Mac right now is a liability unless you traded up from a 500MHz G4. Rosetta is disappointing (apps are running slower than on the previous generation Macs), Universal binaries are failing to materialize on the promised schedule (probably not Apple’s fault, but definitely their problem), the price points are too high, and their “first model in the line” slips are starting to show (problems w/ the graphics, trouble w/ some wireless connectivity, etc.)

    The real exciting promise of owning Intel-based Mac hardware right now was dual-booting it. That still may happen, of course, but the goal line has just been officially moved another hundred yards away. I’ll stick with my Mirror Door system, thankyouverymuch. Good luck unloading that ol’ boat anchor, Paul.

  2. Well Folks,

    the GOOD NEWS for that are:
    1) If wintel people want to use/try out Mactel, they have to buy the apple hardware.
    2)If both systems can not boot vice versa, that we wont face the VISTA (ViruseS, InfectionS, SpywareS, TrojanS, AdS) problems

    and the BAD NEWS is:
    1) Deng, there are tons of good softwares/games/hardwares (Let’s face the truth, folks) we can’t run on our beloved Mac.

    What say you guys?

  3. Seeing as a small company wrote Virtual PC (and another company developed SoftPC) that emulated a full PC (Pentium & all), is it that unreasonable to expect another company would be able to figure out a way to bridge the bios —> EFI thing? Maybe not by this Thursday, but sometime soon?

  4. Who is this guy at Daring Fireball? Is he deaf? Blind? Can he not read?

    We have said over and over again, “WE WILL DO NOTHING TO PREVENT WINDOWS RUNNING ON INTEL MACS!”

    What part of nothing does he (and Thurrott) not understand? You think no official support for EFI booting will stop people from doing it?

    And just because Microsoft makes an obvious anti-Mac move at this late hour – Or is it they’re too incompetent to make it work in a reasonable amount of time? – should be no surprise to anyone.

    But to be fair, I don’t think Thurrott started out hoping this would happen. I think he’s just too sucked into the Microsoft Kool Aide driking crowd to escape the RDF from Ballmer and Bill.

  5. Bill –

    Odds are they will. But by then, the intel Mac hardware will be more mature with fewer bugs, more features, and more bang-for-buck. When that happens (or any of a handful of other problems are resolved), these things’ value will justify their cost. At the moment, they don’t. So he’s trying to capitalize on the hype to take as small a loss as possible on it.

  6. “And just because Microsoft makes an obvious anti-Mac move at this late hour – Or is it they’re too incompetent to make it work in a reasonable amount of time? – should be no surprise to anyone.”

    I’ll vote for incompetence – or at least, implementing EFI and BIOS booting into Vista without breaking something was proving too hard for them, so they dropped it since the legacy BIOS population is so much larger.

    Besides, is this an Anti-Apple move, or an Anti-INTEL move?

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