First time Boot Camper

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by baxingo, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. baxingo macrumors member

    Jan 3, 2011
    So I'm about to boot camp for the first time, and before I do, I just wanna ask some questions. I only have windows xp professional. Its a 32 bit version, and I have a 4gb mbp. How much of the 4gb will I actually have to use on 32 bit?

    Second, I'm only installing it for the purpose of playing one or two games. so my partition will only be probably 30-45gb, and If I ever decide I don't want a windows partition, could someone tell me or link me to something that tells me how to get rid of it?

    I think thats all I have for now, if I have any questions I missed i'll post them. If you have any other info for me, i'll greatly appreciate it!
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    To get rid of the partition, just run Bootcamp Assistant again to delete it
    Don't delete from Disk Utility

    And please make sure you have a current backup before you start
  3. neko girl macrumors 6502a

    neko girl

    Jan 20, 2011
  4. baxingo thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 3, 2011
    Only 2.7? that kinda sucks. I do have a windows 7 OEM disk, I did use it on my custom built computer. But my brother has it now. Can I use that to install Windows 7 64b on my mac?
  5. neko girl macrumors 6502a

    neko girl

    Jan 20, 2011
    I'll let you wrestle with the legal and ethical implications of it, but there's no technical reason why you can't..

  6. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    I'd just use the 32-bit. You'll be able to use 3.25GB, which is plenty for games. If it's just for a couple games, I'd go about 20GB, maybe 25. You can get rid of it by using the bootcamp assistant again.
  7. baxingo thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 3, 2011
    hmm? I don't understand?
  8. dXTC, Feb 9, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2011

    dXTC macrumors 68020


    Oct 30, 2006
    Up, up in my studio, studio
    Microsoft's OS license entitles the purchaser to install the OS on only one computer.

    EDIT: balamw goes into better detail; see below.
  9. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    OEM is not licensed to end users. A condition of sale is that you resell the computer to an unrelated third party. It is also not transferable from the computer on which it is first installed and can only be activated on a single computer.

    If you install from your brother's disc and activate using the same product key and get it to work, you will deactivate his install.

    However, don't use a product key at all and you will enter a 30 day (extendable to 120 days) trial period.

  10. baxingo thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 3, 2011
    Ahh ok

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