Installing XP 64 on MBP - Quick reply

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Colin20, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. Colin20 macrumors regular

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    I'm new to macs and I'm installing 64 bit XP on my MBP. I already partitioned my hdd with boot camp assistant and I'm setting up the install on my partition. I have a few options:

    Format the partition using the NTFS file system (quick)
    Format the partition using the NTFS file system
    Convert the parition to NTFS
    Leave the current file system intact (no changes)

    Just wondering what I should choose.
     
  2. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    Remove the disc and install a real 64-bit OS like Windows 7 or Vista.

    Really though, the non-quick option checks the disc for bad sectors, etc. and takes a while longer. The quick format option just erases the NTFS table to appear as if there is no files on the disc (although the data is actually still there, but the OS will ignore this).

    If it's an old drive that could potentially be fragmented, doing a full format might be a good idea.
     
  3. LtRammstein macrumors 6502a

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    It's always a good idea to not do a quick NTFS install. Sometimes, Windows can produce a weird error and might not properly install.

    Also, agreed, Vista x64 or Windows 7 x64 is a better choice.
     
  4. Colin20 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the replies guys. I went ahead and did quick install. I'm only doing this boot camp partition for games. Last time I asked if 64 bit XP was a good a good idea I got positive responses. Would Windows 7 64 bit work well for gaming?


    Also how do I go about installing the apple drivers in XP? I've read I need to install drivers after installing the windows OS partition.
     
  5. cathyy macrumors 6502a

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    32-bit XP - Good Idea
    64-bit XP - Bad Idea
    64-bit Vista - Good Idea
    64-bit Windows 7 - Good Idea
     
  6. Colin20 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hahaha. I guess I got some bad information from these boards.
     
  7. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    It's all good. It's just XP64 came too late in the game and developers were already working towards Vista64 both driver/application wise during that time.

    The general rule of thumb is for 32-bit = XP. For 64-bit = Vista. When Windows 7 is released though the whole game will change and it'll most likely be Windows 7 for both.
     

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