Is XP better to use than Vista

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  1. donald17 macrumors newbie

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    I am buying a new MBP and want to use an Ancestry.com genealogy program (Family Tree Maker) that will only work on a PC. I know nothing about Windows and don't know what OS ie.. Vista or XP to buy. I ordered Parallels 3.0 and will have 4GB on my MBP. Can you offer any advice on what I should get.
    Thanks in advance
    Donald
     
  2. SDDave2007 macrumors regular

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    Stay with XP... your geneology program will run just fine with XP, and technically you are not allowed [per the Microsoft License] to run Vista under Virtualization anyways.

    I have a MacPro with Parallels 3.0 and XP runs great. My wife is getting one of the new MBP laptops and we plan on doing the same thing there. There are just some programs we still need XP to run...
     
  3. iCharlie macrumors newbie

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    I personally find vista one of the worst operating systems i've used. All be it the interface looks smooth & smart. The errors and security settings are too extreme for my liking.
     
  4. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Bit of a can of worms this one,me i'll always go XP as in my opinion VISTA SUCKS,also id ditch parallel's and go fusion again,my opinion

    Let XP vs Vista & Fusion vs Parallels debate begin
     
  5. kkat69 macrumors 68020

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    XP hands down. More stability, more compatibility, in my opinion faster since it doesn't use as much overhead as Vista does.


    You said you had 4g of ram, keep in mind XP 32bit will only see 2g, while XP 64bit (not totally compatible with most software) will see all 4g. No biggie since your running in Virtual Mode.

    Actually you can, unless they lifted the virtualization license running Vista will cost you more since you'll need the Business versions rather than the Home/Personal versions as MS decided they didn't want people running the cheaper version in a virtual machine. The license issue was only restricting home/personal editions, business and higher can be ran in virtualization.

    As far as Parallels/Fusion, eh, they bost cost the same and since your only doing it for a few small apps, I don't think one or the other will matter. Lots of people here use virtual windows for more than just one or two apps so they/we tend to be biased to a particular software *cough*fusion*cough* but I think you'll be fine.

    Recommendation: XP
     
  6. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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  7. Block macrumors 6502a

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    Actually, the consumer versions of 32-bit Windows XP and Vista have a stated limit of 4 GB RAM, but a practical limit of about 3.1 GB.
     
  8. donald17 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you all for your advice

    I will definitely buy XP to run my Ancestry.com genealogy program based on all the great advice given here. I assume I should purchase the Home edition but wonder if it can let me search the internet for Census data etc that Ancestry.com offers. I guess Parallels 3.0 would easily accommodate switching over to the Mac for that function. When I buy XP what other things or features such as "Home Edition" should I ask for?
    Your help to a newbie like me is so appreciated, I can't say thank you enough.
    Donald
     
  9. kkat69 macrumors 68020

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    Key word "STATED."

    They'll take it yes, but Windows will only use about 2.5 ~3 leaving 1g behind technically unused by the OS.

    Home edition is just fine. You shouldn't worry about "searching" the differences between it and pro are transparent to the normal avg user.

    There are no "features" to ask for. In the XP world your either gonna get Home or Pro, that's it. It's not Vista with the 20 choices. Just NewEgg.com and look for Windows XP Home OEM and that's ALL you need. When installed inside Parallel's it'll act just like your old windows machine with little to no difference.
     
  10. kfordham281 macrumors 6502

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    If you plan on running XP in Bootcamp make sure that XP has SP2 on the disk. Otherwise you'll have to slipstream SP2 onto the disk.
     
  11. Flowero4ka macrumors regular

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    I think you make a great choice. I heard that Parallels is ok for both OS. So it's your choice, but as about me I prefer XP :)
     
  12. lucky3killer macrumors regular

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    Hate to say, I prefer Vista over XP because of XP would end the mainstream support in next year such as no new update and Apple would maybe or not release new version of iTunes, Quicktime and Safari after end mainstream support in 2009.
     
  13. lucky3killer macrumors regular

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    I have 3GB RAM on Vista 32 bit and shown as 3GB on it, not 2GB or 2.5GB.
     
  14. lucky3killer macrumors regular

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    It's quietly not true, you can configuration on security setting to make turn down, I had disabled all of them and runs so very good, plus haven't get error after updated massive of update to fix the bugs. Now, Vista seems more stable than last year and new SP1 would going be rocks.
     
  15. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Have you ever tried using it in a work based environment its a piece of "crap"
     
  16. crazycat macrumors 65816

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    I used to use Vista with my MacPro but its a pain, you are better off with XP, you will also save on space.
     
  17. cohibadad macrumors 6502a

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    I use Vista at work and hate it. Now, IT at work won't support Vista so I can't even update it because they "unwittingly" block Vista update, so I hope it starts to work better once the updates start rolling in. It does work better on my home machine, but I still don't "like" it. The only things I've seen in Vista that are an improvement are the sleep function for laptops and wireless networking. I scratch my head on the rest and wonder why they changed what they changed from XP. Anti-productive at least for me.
     
  18. tersono macrumors 68000

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    Stick with XP for sure - better software compatibility, better performance. I just bought a large number of PCs for work (I'm the systems admin / I.T. manager there), and specified XP - we trialled Vista but it's a bit of a sluggard in many ways.

    Interestingly, ALL of the I.T. pros I know - both professionally and socially - are sticking with XP - there's just not enough good reasons to 'upgrade' and a LOT of good reasons to stay put.
     
  19. kfordham281 macrumors 6502

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    I work in a fortune 500 company and I seriously doubt we'll go to Vista until the end of life for XP nears. As an enterprise, there is absolutely nothing that Vista offers for us over XP.
     
  20. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    You and me both,i work for a college,the college supports it ( it has to as its courses are windows based) but it drives me frigging mad.Vista is a lame excuse for a OS ( not that i ever slag it off )
    Its that bad that when im at work i dont mind having to use the computers that run XP now thats
    gotta be saying something
     
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    I feel sorry for all of my friends with Vista. And I'm running Windows better... on my Mac.
     
  23. RHD macrumors 6502

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    Oh Phew!
    I just agonized over this and today ordered 64 bit XP Pro because I'm running programs that need to see all the RAM.
    I only need to run two or three programs on it and iTunes etc I'll run on OSX.
     
  24. lucky3killer macrumors regular

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    No idea.

    I just need Vista because of Halo 2, only exclusive to Vista.

    Vista is running so fast on my MBP after updated all updates to fix the bugs.
     
  25. contoursvt macrumors 6502a

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    1/10th our company of 120 users is now on Vista. No issues, no drama, no hassles. Not sure what you're experiencing but we've had no issues. Our software developers are still on XP but some of our designers who are using the creative suite packages are over on Vista as are some sales people and a couple of the VP's.



     

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