Windows Vista

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Macer, May 31, 2006.

  1. Macer macrumors regular

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    Installed windows vista beta 2 on my iMac this mornining, and it just feels like xp with souped up visuals. This is windows xp anyway isn't it but with a few bells and whistles. I will stick with OS X.
     
  2. liketom macrumors 601

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    i've yet to use Vista beta on our work machines - so your saying it's just a eye candied up version of Xp :D that figures with microsoft

    has it crashed yet though:rolleyes:
     
  3. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    The all important question we want answered! ;) :D
     
  4. Macer thread starter macrumors regular

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    It has actually, the first time i restarted vista it froze on the password screen. I wouldn't read too much into it thought as it is only a beta and it was running on my imac. It looks miles better than win xp, but as you say knowing microsoft it will probably be just as bad as windows xp.
     
  5. netdog macrumors 603

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    I thought Vista couldn't yet be loaded onto a Mac. Tell us how you did it.
     
  6. liketom macrumors 601

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    i take it from another thread Macer is not using Bootcamp
     
  7. Macer thread starter macrumors regular

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    I wanted to reinstall OS X, but actually booted windows instead. So stuck the windows xp sp2 cd in my imac and held C. The imac them started the windows installation. I made one ntfs partition from the windows xp disc, when asked and done a quick NTFS format. When the imac rebooted i kept my finger on the eject button, then i sawpped the windows disc for the vista beta 2. Then just follwed the onscreen instructions. This was not a dual boot solution, but i will try that tonight when i put OS X back on.
     
  8. Macer thread starter macrumors regular

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    You don't need boot camp. Bootcamp is only a tool to partition the hard drive and create a set of drivers for windows xp sp2. Vista had all drivers apart from the airport and bluetooth. Haven't tried getting them to work yet, as after i installed the macintosh drivers for xp sp2 and restarted the imac vista froze at the login screen. And at the moment i am on my imac G5.
     
  9. Macer thread starter macrumors regular

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    Here are some picture for anyone that is intrested
     

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  10. liketom macrumors 601

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    first thoughs are ... it looks clutterd on that settings page
     
  11. Macmaniac macrumors 68040

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    I think part of me died inside. Although by dam I want an Intel Mac so I can boot windows!
     
  12. Macer thread starter macrumors regular

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    To be honest, it is windows xp with updates to the software within xp, like media player and internet explorer.
     

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  13. Macer thread starter macrumors regular

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    one more of the new feature
     

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  14. bigandy macrumors G3

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    i think the new ALT+TAB thing is "nice enough", but it's just come along at the wrong time. it should have been years ago, maybe when expose came out :rolleyes:

    but it's microsoft. that'd never have happened. ;)
     
  15. dylanemcgregor macrumors member

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    Forgive me for missing it, but what's new about alt-tab? I've been using that to switch applications since Windows '95. have they changed the functionality of this, or just changed the visual layout of it?

    Thanks,
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    Edit: Maybe nevermind. Is the picture above your post the "new" alt-tab? If so, I'm not sure I like that. I'm more of a text guy. How's the old saying go...A word is worth a thousand pictures...or something like that? ;)
     
  16. Savage Henry macrumors 65816

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    I'm not impressed, having found exposé useful for a long time. I can only think that pointlessly-obscured stacked windows will impress only those people who have blindly stuck to the late 90s user-interactive offerings that XP has in spades.

    I really can wait before my work pc is blessed with this gumph.:(
     
  17. Macer thread starter macrumors regular

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    It is not alt and tab, it is the windows button and tab, which is the new expose lookalike. The old alt and tab is still there and does the same thing as it did before but with a nicer GUI.
     
  18. Savage Henry macrumors 65816

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    Norks! I rarely (practically never) use the windows button .... so it looks as though I'll only experience this little treat when my left thumb misses the Alt button. Oh well.
     
  19. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    LOL- How predictable of Windoze. :rolleyes: :D
     
  20. w_parietti22 macrumors 68020

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    Well Vista looks a lot better on the iMac than XP does.
     
  21. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Yes, it does.....but underneath all that eye candy, it is still Windows.... :)
     
  22. lexus macrumors 68000

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    Two ways - by either becoming part of the Microsoft Developer's Network or by getting it through other not so legal ways. But, apparantley a public beta should be released soon, a bit like the new Office Beta.
     
  24. lexus macrumors 68000

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    Ok Thanks
     
  25. fradac macrumors regular

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    you konw

    their alt+tab replacement is not an original idea either. there are softwares that let you do that in XP right now. but the original idea was actually by sun

    they have something called project looking glass. about 2 years old. here are some screen shots. i got the live CD to try it out a while ago

    http://www.sun.com/software/looking_glass/details.xml
     

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