Need help setting up bootcamp on MBP 17"

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by crazylegsmurphy, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. crazylegsmurphy macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2008
    Hey All,

    I should be getting my MBP 17" in a few days and so I'm starting to get things ready to get it all set up.

    My intention is to run Vista/Windows 7 as my main OS, so I have a few questions about how to go about doing this.

    1. Can I use and OEM version of Vista with Bootcamp?
    2. When I partition the HD, (320 Gig), how much should I leave for OSX?
    3. Can I access my files in both OSX and Vista (music, photos, work)?
    4. Can I set the notebook to boot to Vista as the default?

    Basically, I'm new to this so any help you guys could offer would be great. As well, if there is anything I should look out for or be aware of, I would appreciate the heads up.

  2. WindowsTraitor macrumors regular

    Dec 31, 2008
    1- Yes, go with the 64 bit Version

    2- Depends on your requirements. The minimum I would use for VISTA is 60GB. You can resize the partition later on using winclone if you need too. Although you want to use windows, I suggest you leave enough space for leopard, because in the long run you will probably prefer it to Vista......

    3-If you make the windows partition bigger the 32GB then you would need another software to do that. You can try parangon, (so you can also attach external ntfs hdd when you run leopard, or use parallels. With parallels you can create a share folder, where you can access your files.

    4- Yes

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