Getting a new 2.66 iMac do I want 64 bit or 32 bit?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by ucla95, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. ucla95 macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2009
  2. cathyy macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2008
  3. Winni macrumors 68040


    Oct 15, 2008
    You don't have a choice. Apple no longer sells 32-Bit machines, everything they sell now is 64-Bit compatible. OS X Leopard will run in what's called "64-Bit mode" on those machines.

    When it comes to running Windows Vista or Linux on Apple hardware, you should choose the 64-Bit versions (provided that you either have or are able to install a 64-Bit version of Apple's BootCamp in Windows). The 64-Bit version of Windows Vista runs much better than its 32-Bit sibling, so use it if you can get it.

    The 64-Bit flavors of Linux also perform superbly on Macs. Ubuntu 8.10 flies on my Mac Pro and everything, including my 3G/UMTS card, is supported out of the box.

    In case you still want to use Windows XP on your Mac, your only option will be the 32-Bit version of it. Apple does not provide drivers for 64-Bit Windows XP.

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