Windows only [help] ?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by LawrenceOrme, Nov 14, 2006.

  1. LawrenceOrme macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2006
    Just a quick question -

    if i buy windows XP and install it to my computer is it possible for me to remove mac OS TEN and use it purely as a windows *boot up in windows*

    if it is when vista is released, could i just put it in and it'd install easily enough?

    would wirelss/bluetooth/BUILT IN ISIGHT+MIC work?

    thanks so much!
    lawrence orme
  2. reflex macrumors 6502a

    May 19, 2002
    For Windows XP: you'll need to install it through Bootcamp and that will require a minimum of 5GB for an OSX partition. However, once installed you won't ever have to noticed that (i.e. it'll boot directly into Windows if you tell it to).

    Apparently Vista can be installed directly.

    Note that it's probably a good idea to keep OSX installed for firmware updates (such as the one that was released today).
  3. LawrenceOrme thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2006
    oh so when I need to update the computer I cannot do it through windows?

    Is there no way of completley removing OS X and making it updatable through windows (don't go out your way to double-check, just tell me no!)

    so if i just delete all my programmes for mac ( i really do not need it - at all ) so i can make this partition as small as possible, it will be as good as a windows computer?

    Once more can I use isight, because that'd be a real step back if i couldn't.

    thanks guys.
  4. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    At least for now, firmware updates are only available through OSX. Anyway, I know this is not the purpose of the thread, but OSX is a great OS and maybe you should try it out.
  5. LawrenceOrme thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2006
    oh i know psyco it's fantastic
    i KNOW its better than windows.

    it's just that for my use (RM) i need windows and seen as thought M$ has completley ripped off os ten, i might as well use vista.

    i've been a mac user for just over a year, and im very sad to see it go, but I need to go back!

    one last try, will iSight work on it :p ?

    if i buy some extra RAM could I tell the difference betwen an extra 512 or 1GB, or could I go for the cheaper option?
  6. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    Yes, your built-in iSight camera (as well as the internal mic) will work according to this:

    see the Changes in Bootcamp Beta 1.1.2 section on the right side near the top of the page
  7. LawrenceOrme thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2006
    ahh yes i see thanks alot!

    so if i go on eBay now and buy XP with a free upgrade of vista when its released, as long as i do it through bootcamp it should all(isight/bluetooth) be there when i log onto XP/vista?

    Sorry about my naivety, this process confuses me tremendously.
    thanks alot ;]
  8. Mackilroy macrumors 68040


    Jun 29, 2006
    Not everything on the OS X side is replicated under Boot Camp – Apple continually releases new drivers to add functionality. And I don't believe you can remove OS X entirely from the machine. I could be wrong, of course.
  9. robbh66 macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2006
    MacIntels boot with EFI while all versions of windows support BIOS to boot up. Vista, upon release, will NOT support any type of EFI, although the guys at might have something to say about it. Also, like others have said, dont bet on apple releasing windows firmware updater software anytime soon.

    Bottom line is that you're MUCH better off leaving OSX on the smallest partition possible and boot using bootcamp.
  10. robbh66 macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2006
    Never fully expect everything to be there. And if it is there, dont plan on it fully being implemented.

    If you really want a laptop without OSX on it you're much better off getting a windows native laptop. You'll get a second mouse button, fans that kick on when they should, and much better warranty support (as in don't expect them to be much help when OSX isn't on your computer).
  11. rccola70 macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2004
    If you really don't need OS X, why don't you just sell your mac and get a windows laptop..It'll save you money and worries.

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