Windows on Mac, a couple issues

Last night I installed Windows XP Pro on a brand new MacBook Pro using Apple's Boot Camp, but there are a handful of small but significant issues that prevent me from using it as a Windows machine comfortably.

  1. There is no way to generate a right-click in Windows using the MacBook's single mouse button. An external mouse can solve this, but it's inconvenient. Software can also fix this by adding the ability to use a key modifier for mouse clicks, but I'm not aware of any software available.
  2. Macs have a Delete key, which actually corresponds to a Backspace key on a full keyboard. There is no equivalent to the Delete key on a full keyboard. This means that there is no way to delete files from Explorer, delete objects in various programs, etc. without right-clicking and choosing a Delete action from a contextual menu. This is aggravated all the more by by issue (1); on a plain MacBook, you can't effect the desired behavior in any way. This is a serious drawback, and although software can remap the key, you would then lose the Backspace functionality. In case you're wondering, Ctrl/Alt/Option/fn+Delete dosen't result in any helpful behavior. A reasonable solution might be to add a key combination like Ctrl+Delete through software to generate the right key code, but that will be about as annoying as holding down another key while clicking the mouse.
  3. Ctrl+Alt+Delete doesn't work (since the Delete key is really the Backspace key), so if a process hangs it's not possible to get to the Task Manager (further aggravated by the fact that I can't right-click on the Task Bar to bring it up without an external mouse).
Unfortunately, Apple's general design approach of under-delivering on features in order to simplify (they give you about 80% of what advanced users really want, but that 80% works really well for the masses) screws us in the Windows world. Steve, just give us two more hardware buttons and we'd be quite happy to buy your hardware. I'll report more as I find other issues.

Comments:

As for #1, you should be able to press, hold, and click to get the right-click function on a Mac. I forget exactly which, but try either the Option or Apple key and click.

As for item 3, Ctrl-Shift-Esc brings up the 'doze Task Manager, so try the equivalent key combination on the Mac.

Posted by Wes Williams on April 06, 2006 at 10:20 PM PDT #

I haven't downloaded or played with Boot Camp (Windows on my Macbook Pro just doesn't interest me), but it would be more useful if I could use it to install Solaris on a partition rather than XP.

Posted by Jon Hamlin on April 07, 2006 at 01:14 AM PDT #

Wes: Unfortunately, the press and hold doesn't work in Windows like it does in Mac OS. Thanks for the reminder about Ctrl+Shift+Esc. I remember I stopped using that shortcut years ago when some of the software I was using crashed in response. Jon: Apparently, others have used Boot Camp to install other OS's, including Linux and Solaris. Google should turn up something from the other blog sites.

Posted by Todd on April 07, 2006 at 06:08 AM PDT #

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