Quick question on which XP version to buy?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by sonictonic, Sep 11, 2006.

  1. sonictonic macrumors 6502a

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    Hi people,

    I'm finally gonna get around to installing Windows XP on my MacBook, for the occasional time I'll use it... and need to know:

    Can I buy XP Home w/ SP2 OEM version? Or do I need the regular full version?

    I'm on a budget as always, so I'm hoping I only need to spend $90 here and not $199. Since places seem to not take any returns on XP discs (I can't blame them I guess), I wanna make sure the OEM version XP Home will in fact work before I go ahead and buy it.

    second question - anyone know of any good deals or coupon codes to get XP even cheaper? :)

    Thanks a lot!
     
  2. balamw Moderator

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    A quick search would have revealed the answer....

    Yes, OEM will work just fine. You can often find it for closer to $80.

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  3. sonictonic thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I looked through the first 2 pages and didn't find it so I posted as I was thinking. Didn't even think to use the search function though... Normally I AM really good about that.

    Thanks anyhow.
     
  4. mcmadhatter macrumors 6502

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    Home OEM is perfect for the occasional dabbler, I doubt you'll need the extra features of pro

    EDIT: To use both cores of a dual processor chip you'll need Professional, having said that I have run XP very well on PC's with a lot less guts than a macbook (with only one processor) and they all worked fine (800 mhz duron with 256mb ram, and 333mhz k6 with 256mb ram for instance)
     
  5. balamw Moderator

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    This is incorrect. Home supports one CPU, regardless of number of cores.
    More info here: http://forums.macrumors.com/forumdisplay.php?f=86

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  6. slackersonly macrumors 6502a

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    newegg.com seems to have windows xp sp2 oem for $89 all the time. check them out.
     

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