Need advice for installing windows.

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by alansaysstop, May 31, 2009.

  1. alansaysstop macrumors regular

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    Hey guys, I have a MacMini I want to throw windows xp or Vista on just to mess around with it a little bit. What is the best way to do it? I have an 80 GB HDD with 2 GB of ram. I believe its 1.83 Core Duo. It's the higher of the two from the generation. I was going to google it, but figured I'd come here to the experts first for opinions and advice ;)
     
  2. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    Boot Camp gives full performance.

    Parallels/Fusion virtualise it, so you can run it alongside OS X.
     
  3. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    Yeah, Boot Camp is your best bet. Also why not try Windows 7 RC? Its free to try out.
     
  4. theITGuy macrumors 6502a

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    Create a 20-25GB partition in Boot Camp assistant in OSX and install XP or like others mentioned try out Windows 7 RC1. You can always delete the partition later if your Windows journey is not satisfactory :cool:

    Cheers.

    -J.-
     
  5. Infrared macrumors 68000

    Infrared

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    Almost. AHCI mode is likely not enabled. Lack thereof, however,
    will only have a negligible performance impact in most cases.

    The greater problem is where a Boot Camp partition is on the
    disk, assuming you go that route. Later sectors tend to have
    slower access times (non-SSD). For best performance you need
    to dedicate the whole disk to Windows, or place the Windows
    partition first.
     
  6. alansaysstop thread starter macrumors regular

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    Where can I get windows 7 from?? I'll try that out since I have a pc running xp and I wasn't too big on vista.
     

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