What are the issues around installing Windows 8 Pro in Mountain lion or should one stick to Windows 7. (Or an older copy of XP?)
The book only talks about installing Windows7 with Boot camp or multiple versions of windows in Parallels. Windows 8 is not mentioned.
Should one avoid 8, (it's much cheaper than Windows 7) ?
Can one easily use XP, which I am used to, with Parallels and have a disk for, because I am trying to run microsoft Quicken 13 or do I have to bite the bullet and get 7 or 8.)
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Thanks for your question. I know these things can be confusing, and it's especially hard to keep up to date on two different operating system revision paths to determine compatibility. At the time of publication of OS X Mountain Lion: The Missing Manual, Boot Camp did not support Windows 8, and I believe that is still the case. But the latest release of Parallels Desktop (version 8) should work for either Windows XP or Windows 8 (see FAQs here: http://www.parallels.com/products/des...).
Unfortunately, the question of "should one avoid Windows 8" is the harder one to answer. If you're concerned with "what you're used to," you might want to stick with Windows XP (or consider getting our Missing Manual on Windows 8, which is on its way at the end of next month), because Windows 8 is a complete rethinking of the OS that requires a significant learning curve.
I hope this helps answer your question. Please let me know if I can be of more assistance.
Senior Editor, Missing Manuals