Hello everyone, this seems to be a great forum and hopefully I will get a lot of answers and become a regular member of this community and be able to help others as well. I recently found out that I will be purchasing a MBP in August for dental school. The school requires all incoming freshman to purchase a laptop of their choosing as part of the fees. In the past, one had a choice between a Mac of some sort and an IBM/Lenovo pc. This year, we are all getting an MBP with the single choice being what operating system we want (OSX Leopard or Vista Ultimate). The specs are below. I don't want to get into any sort of discussion or argument about the sense (or lack of) in requiring students to have xxx brand or whatever. I am a windows user and will continue to be so, again I don't want to start a flame war on choice of brand, os, etc, etc. Specs (this is what the school gave, it seems to be missing some important features that are standard on the MBP - like the mobile 8600GT graphics card which I am happy to have ): MacBook Pro notebook | 15-inch Widescreen Display Applecare Protection Plan | 4 Years coverage 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor 2GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM - 2x1GB Accessory Kit Backlit Keyboard/Mac OS - U.S. English SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) So I have a few questions that I seem to have trouble answering just by skimming some forums and a few google searches. 1. I will be selecting the Vista option when ordering. Does this mean it will be through bootcamp? I understand bootcamp will let me natively boot into vista, but does that mean osx will still be on my hard drive? The partition for vista will be formatted NTFS but will the whole drive (beside the osx partition if there is one) be that way - I would like it to be if possible. I may be wrong, but why do I have to use boot camp? Since the hardware is just that, why can't vista be installed on a freshly NTFS formatted hard drive like any other PC I have used in the past. It seems to me the only thing I need from mac is the drivers for its proprietary keyboard, wireless, etc and the bios for the motherboard. 2. There are a few basic features that I will miss. Right click, I understand tapping the touchpad with both fingers does the same thing. Forward delete, I understand it can be mapped to a different key or fn + del will work. For control alt delete, I guess I will be just pressing ctrl + alt (option) + fn + delete. Will my normal shortcuts like alt (option) + tab or ctrl + tab for tabs in firefox still work without any modificaitons? 3. My main concern is regarding drivers. On any other laptop, I could reformat my drive and reinstall windows easily. I then would simply have to install the various drivers and I'd have a perfectly functional lappy. With a dell, hp, etc they have all their drivers online. It might take a trial or two to figure out which of the 3 wireless drivers you need, but it is pretty straightforward. If you built your own computer (desktop), you know EXACTLY your components and can get drivers accordingly. With the MBP I am not sure how it will work since most of the components are unknown as to what they might be or are apple specific. I have been reading that one of the first things you do with boot camp is to make the 'windows xp driver for mac.exe' cd. Do you guys think that will come pre made for my laptop since it will be arriving with vista as the default boot os? Is there a separate disk for the drivers i need or is it bundled with the leopard disk? Will there be a way to get the exact drivers I need for vista and put them on a disk for any future reinstalls or do you just use those win xp drivers mentioned earlier? I know bootcamp and vista have been out for >1 year so I hope all this is sorted out. These mac drivers for windows seem to be extremely hard to find, even on mac's website. What about mac features like bluetooth and the camera. Is there any way to get drivers for vista with these? Any way to even have them work? My searches didn't pull up anything encouraging...the basic chipset and wireless drivers seemed to be easier to find, yet hard to download unless you went and got a similar product off of lenovo's website, etc. 4. Last question. I guess it goes along with #1. I assume there is still a basic bios that should be very similar to an ibm or dell with a similar chipset and mobo. There is nothing fundamentally different no? I guess this returns to #1 in that if this is the case, why cant you run bios, change the boot order to cd drive, run a windows install cd and never worry about osx operating sys ever. Thanks in advance. edit: I'd like to add that perhaps my title is a bit harsh. No, a mac would not have been my first choice but besides learning a new way of doing some things I don't really have a problem with it. In fact, if the keyboard had a forward delete key and no ctrl (instead of apple) commands I wouldn't be complaining about anything except for the obnoxious mac logo which I can easily cover up with a nice little jeep sticker or something.