Windows on Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by seanf, Aug 8, 2006.

  1. seanf macrumors 6502

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    Hello,

    First post on these forums. Can you please advise if it will be possible to run a 32-bit copy of Windows XP on a mac pro or if I will have to purchase the 64-bit version?

    Thanks

    Sean
     
  2. PuNkErX macrumors member

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    I am almost 100 percent sure you could run a 32 bit version of Windows on it. I have run 32 bit Windows on many different 64 bit processors with no problems, it just doesn't properly use anything that the 64 bit offers.
     
  3. davegoody macrumors 6502

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    No Problem !

    You Will, indeed, be able to run the 32bit version of Windows XP on this hardware. The XEON processors still have the 32bit instruction set, but with additions for 64bit operations. 32 bit software will run fine (and fast) on this machine.
     
  4. seanf thread starter macrumors 6502

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  5. balamw Moderator

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    And since the Xeon processors in the Mac Pro also include support for VT, Parallels should run very smoothly.

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  6. Krevnik macrumors 68030

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    Should is an understatement. ;)

    My 2Ghz MBP runs Parallels just fine for even compiles. Not quite as fast as my dev box at work (2x Athlon MP 2800), but the Mac Pro probably wouldn't even hiccup running a massive build within Parallels.
     
  7. kainjow Moderator emeritus

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    According to this thread, Windows does not yet work on the Mac Pro, in BootCamp or in Parallels.
     
  8. ilkevinli macrumors 6502

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    Actually if you read his answer, he said Windows installed fine. Its the driver CD is giving him the "incompatible" message. I would bet if he extracts the drivers and install them manually it would work.

     
  9. kainjow Moderator emeritus

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    I stand corrected :p
     
  10. balamw Moderator

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    I'm more surprised that Parallels didn't work out of the box than Boot Camp.

    Since the Mac Pro Hardware is nothing like the iMac/Mac Book/MBP extracting the drivers manually won't do much for you, but even without the drivers XP should be moderately useful....

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  11. Krevnik macrumors 68030

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    And with a bit of work, you can still track down the right drivers for the hardware. The stock nVidia driver set works with the 7300GT, and someone found the network drivers, which makes up the two critical pieces you would need for a desktop system.
     
  12. balamw Moderator

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    Good news. Any news on getting Parallels to work?

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  13. hwattys1 macrumors newbie

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    XP running, sort of

    Here is a link to a pcpitstop benchmark I got on my dual 2.66 Mac Pro. Remaining hardware issues are sound, and hard disk I/O is very slow.

    http://www.pcpitstop.com/techexpress.asp?id=QU9JPWXTJVJS6G3C


    The nvidia forceware works for the 7300 video card with a little prodding, and the Windows drivers from the Intel website for the chipset work:

    http://downloadfinder.intel.com/scr...&OSFullName=Windows* XP Professional&lang=eng

    You may also want to try the Intel SATA drivers (I just found these and am going to try them):

    http://downloadfinder.intel.com/scr...306&OSFullName=All Operating Systems&lang=eng

    I also used one of the Intel Gigabit ethernet drivers and I will post back with the exact version I installed.
     
  14. cjkihlbom macrumors member

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    Check out Boot Camp 1.1!! http://www.apple.com/macosx/bootcamp/

    Boot Camp 1.1 beta includes:
    Support for the latest Intel-based Macintosh computers
    Easier partitioning using presets for popular sizes
    Ability to install Windows XP on any internal disk
    iSight camera support
    Support for built-in microphones
    Right-click when pressing the right-hand Apple key on Apple keyboards
    Improved Apple keyboard support including Delete, PrintScreen, NumLock, and ScrollLock keys
     
  15. balamw Moderator

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    w00t! Major improvements!

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  16. d00d macrumors regular

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    I have a question in the same vein. Will XP Home run on a Mac Pro? (With Boot Camp, I'm not interested in using Parallels.)
     
  17. dzimble macrumors newbie

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    Windows 64bit on Mac Pro?

    So, i see that the general impression is that windows xp (32bit) will run on Mac Pro (either bootcamp or parallels) but i'm wondering if Windows 64bit will run on mac pro? I'm still waiting for my mac pro to be delivered but i'm an anxious windows convert....my first mac!

    Cheers to Apple.
     
  18. Mr. Mister macrumors 6502

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    That's a question I'd love to know the answer to.
     
  19. BadRambo macrumors member

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    Yes, correct on the present 32 bit version of Windows. I have it running on my MP, but very clunky, and due to the SATA problems, VERY SLOWLY when it comes to disk I/O. The drivers are just not there yet.

    I doubt (just MHO) that Apple will ever provide 64-bit drivers so that the 64-bit version of XP will run...I would see them focusing their future resources on Vista. I have chatted with a number of Apple folks and they realize how valuable BootCamp is to the selling of alot more Macs, especially the Mac Pro machines --- so many, like myself, have made that purchase based on the ability to run both XP and OS X, on the same high performance machine.

    Cheers --- Bob --- ;)
     

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