XP vs Vista for install

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by bep207, Aug 10, 2006.

  1. bep207 macrumors 6502

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    my dad just purchased an iMac 1.83 and would like to use windows for some stuff he has at work

    what is the cheapest way to get a working copy of windows on his computer?

    vista download? xp sp2 purchase?

    where is the cheapest place to purchase xp. i am a student if that matters

    thanks
     
  2. slackersonly macrumors 6502a

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    newegg and outpost usually have windows xp home sp2 oem for $89.
    i have avoided vista. my thoughts are the windows products are usually buggy until at least a sp1 is done. so any windows beta products scares me on an important computer.
     
  3. Compatiblepoker macrumors regular

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    I've tested vista and it was nice but not nice enough to purcahse for a switch. If I didnt have either I would go with Vista. But yes be careful with betas. Never know.
     
  4. balamw Moderator

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    Note also that the only current way to run Vista on Macs requires removal of OS X from the internal HDD, so it's all or nothing. XP can be dual booted or you can use Parallels.

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