A couple of questions about installing Windows onto macbook pro

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  1. MacBook-Gal macrumors regular

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    I am planning on installing windows vista onto my macbook pro very soon, but I have a couple of questions. First, is it absolutely necessary to have an external usb keyboard during the setup? Would an apple bluetooth keyboard work instead? I recently traded my usb keyboard for an apple bluetooth and would have to get another usb if it is necessary. Also, I am trying to decide how much space to allot the windows portion of my hard drive. I will only be using the windows vista part for a few programs..none of which require very much disk space.
     
  2. iGuardian macrumors 6502a

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    If you can, wait for Windows 7, to be released October 22nd.

    You cannot use a bluetooth keyboard, unfortunately, it must be USB.

    As far as diskspace, I'd give Vista at least 32GB. You'll end up using it more than you'd think, especially if you're a recent switcher.
     
  3. Ivan P macrumors 68030

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    Yes, it must be a wired keyboard, not bluetooth. For one, bluetooth usually doesn't work until the system has booted up (I can use my bluetooth mouse fine on the OS X login screen for example, but am unable to use it at all to select between me OS X or Windows partitions on boot, I must use the trackpad or a wired mouse). Secondly, Windows wouldn't have the drivers for the bluetooth keyboard installed until after the OS is fully setup and the Bootcamp drivers are installed.
     
  4. vertigo78 macrumors regular

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    the keyboard on my macbook worked just fine when i was installing windows
     
  5. eXan macrumors 601

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    Why not just use the built-in keyboard of your MBP?

    As for space, calculate how much you need for your stuff, then add about 15 GB for the system.
     
  6. MacBook-Gal thread starter macrumors regular

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    Can I use the built in keyboard? I read somewhere that it has to be an external one.
     
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  8. contitego macrumors member

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    yes you can. you can not use special keys. Insert the os-x disc 1 when install is done and you are in vista to get the drivers installed.
     

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