Macbook Pro with Windows XP Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by JavierDiaz4, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. JavierDiaz4 macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2007
    Quick one fellow Macrumorers,

    I'm doing some consulting for a startup company and I need a PC with Win XP Pro. Currently I only have an old Compaq with Home Edition. Instead of going out and buying the upgrade to Pro or even looking at a new laptop pc. I was wondering if I should just sell my laptop along with my Imac and just get a nice Macbook Pro with Parallels and install XP Pro in it?

    How has anyone's experience been with XP Pro on a Macbook Pro and what specs should I be adding to the MBP if out of the box at the apple store is not enough.

  2. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    I run XP Pro under VMWare Fusion on my MBP SR 2.2 with 4GB of Ram. I have the VMs stored on an external drive to keep my internal drive available for OS X apps, music and movies. I run MS Office, Lotus Notes and Cisco VPN, Cisco's IP Communicator and many other Windows apps. Works great. However, since my nvidia-based GPU failed and Apple replaced my logic board, the fans crank all the way up every time I running XP under VMware (even if I don't do anything other than boot the VM)

    It's great.

  3. JavierDiaz4 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2007
    Ouch, that's easily a 2400 dollar computer. Hmmm. How much did you pay for yours. And is the 4gb really neccesary? I guess.
  4. TheSVD macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2008
    The Jolly Ol' Midlands, England
    Hey :)
    I would follow through with your idea, and well with that money you would probs get a pretty decent spec machine, id say knock the HDD up to 7200 ;)
    And i use bootcamp which i would recommend, but i also run VMware and its great :)
    If your going to running alot of VMs id get 4GB of RAM though :)
    My dads mate has a last gen macbook pro with 4GB of RAM and he works for some big company and runs many versions of XP, and he says its works brilliantly :)
    Id highly recommend it mate, you wont go wrong, especially with these unibodies :p
    Also, if you install a bootcamp partition, you can access it with VMware (not sure about parallels) so you dont always have to run it on a VM or always boot into it, best of both worlds :)
    Id highly recommend doing that! :D
    Best of luck mate
  5. JavierDiaz4 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2007
    Thanks a million, pretty encouranging there. I'll be stopping by the Apple store tonight to see if they have one of these in the back room. Thanks to you and Panzer.;)

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