MacMall is selling Intel-based Macs pre-configured with Windows XP

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  1. LLyncoed macrumors newbie

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    MacMall now has pre-configured Intel-based Macs with Microsoft Windows XP
    For an additional $100 above the regular price of an Intel-based Mac, PC Mall and MacMall will partition the hard drive and install Microsoft Windows XP Home. For an additional $150 above the regular price of an Intel-based Mac, PC Mall and MacMall will partition the hard drive of a new Mac and install Microsoft Windows XP Pro
    http://www.macmall.com/
     
  2. ericssonboi macrumors 6502

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    At that price... its pretty reasonable.. for those non DIY'ers..
     
  3. lu0s3r322 macrumors 6502a

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    do you get to choose how much space each OS gets? or can u change it even when its installed?:confused:
     
  4. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    $150 for XP pro is only about $30 more than what the OS is going for. $30 for the install isn't that bad. I wouldn't pay for it, but for the less daring this isn't a bad deal.
     
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    I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit™.
     
  6. StealthRider macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, but what happens when the "limited time beta release" runs out?
     
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    It'll probably still be running. It's not like Apple is asking for systems back.
     
  8. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Or them might release a second updated beta.
     
  9. StealthRider macrumors 65816

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    But remember the OS X Public Beta. It expired when the computer's clock hit a certain date...so what's to stop Apple from doing this. They were very specific about it not being used for anything commercial- because it WILL expire!
     
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    FUNNY!

    I had that gag reflex going when I read it.

    Interesting that someone is selling a product with a major part of it running on a beta!?!? Is this a first? I can't remember seeing someone selling an iMac running the beta for Tiger or even OSX? Weird if you ask me. course, Mac Mall will get another sale when they have to return to get the final version so they can run it at least somewhat bug free. (Boot Camp is always going to have bugs...it runs Windows!:D )
     
  11. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    I think this is a good deal for anyone who a) doesn't feel comfortable trying to do the install themselves (not that it's overly hard) and b) those who don't have a copy of XP. This will save a lot of hassle for some people, as I've already seen many threads where people are asking where they can find cheap copies of XP. This idea is of course no good if they're just looking for XP itself and already have the Mac, mind you, but still, I'm sure it will help many people. ;) :)
     
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  13. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    You did read the thread or link at all, did you?
     
  14. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    You should really read an article in its entirety before posting your thoughts on it... :p ;) :cool:

     
  15. StealthRider macrumors 65816

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    It's worth no more than the OEM price of Windows XP...since they'll get screwed over after the time runs out.
     
  16. tonyl macrumors 6502

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    $100 is for Home, $150 for Pro. You can buy one upgrade version for only $50 for a Pro, search on ebay.
     
  17. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    1. That didn't answer my question.
    2. This is a full version (which apple recommends), not an upgrade version which takes extra work to install with boot camp.
    3. XP pro is going for $120. Plus, you have to pay for the install.
     
  18. Josh396 macrumors 65816

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    I was wondering who was going to be the first reseller to do this. I'm just glad to see they're not ripping off the customers. It's not a bad deal at all for anyone who is looking to buy an Intel Mac and doesn't have a version of Windows.
     
  19. StealthRider macrumors 65816

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    It's only not a ripoff if they offer a free upgrade to Leopard for all of the buyers...or there are going to be a LOT of very unhappy people when BC stops working.
     
  20. Josh396 macrumors 65816

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    I don't see how you keep going on about this. I have read anywhere that Apple is canceling the beta after a certain time period, have you? Even if they are, the users are still going to be able to use Windows for a certain amount of time so they're not getting entirely ripped off. Also, I think that most people buying an Intel Mac for this purpose would also upgrade to Leopard at sometime, so there's actually no problem at all for those users. I'm not saying that everyone will upgrade but I think most will.
     
  21. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    And if they're unsure, Apple will "help" them make their decision. ;) :D
     
  22. StealthRider macrumors 65816

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    Did you read the material I posted from the Apple Support document? Or does "limited time" not really mean "limited time"? :rolleyes:
     
  23. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    I didn't. Where did you post this? I don't see it here. :confused:


    Limited time could mean that this beta will only work until the next beta version comes out. It could also mean that the beta will only work until a free, stable, and Apple supported version comes out. Only Apple really knows.
     
  24. StealthRider macrumors 65816

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    Here's the full paragraph, taken from http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=303572

    I highlighted the important sentences.

     
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    Holy **** Batman!

    All I can say is Apple better have some good supplies in the pipeline.
     

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