XP vs Vista for install

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

  1. bep207 macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2006
    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

  2. slackersonly macrumors 6502a


    Apr 13, 2006
    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

    Feb 8, 2006
    Jacksonville Beach
    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


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    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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