Now that Vista is supported, Vista or XP?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by macjay, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. macjay macrumors 6502

    Oct 3, 2003

    Assuming you didn't own either Windows OS, which one would you buy today now that both are supported in Boot Camp: Vista or XP?

    I've read here that Vista is very intensive to run, and XP is relatively more efficient. However, I would imagine that Vista is more future-leaning.

    So if you didn't own either one, which would you buy today to run on a Macbook?


    P.S. If your answer is Vista, which version?
  2. BoyBach macrumors 68040


    Feb 24, 2006
    Personally, I wouldn't touch Vista for about six months, until the bugs and driver issues etc have been ironed out, so I'd say go for XP - make sure that you download Service Pack 2 though.
  3. weg macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2004
    I'd say, go for Vista. There may be still bugs in there, but it's stable enough to work with it, and Microsoft will have it fixed, soon. And why pay twice? In the end you'll switch to Vista anyway. The version question can't be answered since you didn't say for which tasks you want to use it.. (if you just want an OS and don't care for eye cany: Go for home basic)
  4. Chone macrumors 65816


    Aug 11, 2006
    I also recommend just going for Vista, it has tons of great features and so far its been pretty darn rock solid for me, its also faster than XP for many stuff and much more secure, not to mention a lot more easier to use and pleasing on the eye :)

    Vista is definitely the way to go. The only drivers that kind of suck are NVIDIA's other than that, I'm completely migrated to Vista without any issues, now I never boot back to XP (except for special cases, mostly legacy). Gaming is great and many games will be Vista exclusive and DX10 games will only run in DX10 on Vista (will still run on XP under DX9).
  5. RojoLeo macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2007
    Austin, TX
    The biggest question to you OP, is what programs do you plan on running in Windows?
  6. macjay thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 3, 2003
    I actually don't have any Windows programs, as OSX is my "home" OS. Windows is just for fun.
  7. macjay thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 3, 2003
    If I get Vista Home Premium, will it run on the Macbook even if all the graphics aren't fully supported?

  8. kellen macrumors 68020


    Aug 11, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I run vista ultimate on my macbook and it runs great.
  9. RojoLeo macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Based on this alone, I'll recommend Vista.

    However, to anyone with mission critical apps, don't get Vista yet. It's truly unbelievable how unstable it is and how incompatible with common programs it is, including Dreamweaver, Visual Studio 2005, even Microsoft Word.
  10. AndyR macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2005
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Does Flip 3D work on the Macbook ?
  11. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    Then get XP. You can get the OEM version for pretty cheap. You can always upgrade to Vista later.
  12. JloR macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2006
    I'm posting from a Windows Vista Business on my Macbook black ed. (Core 2 Duo).

    It's the 32bit version.
    Flip 3D works like a charm. HOWEVER right-click is NOT included in the bootcamp 1.2 , even though they state it should work if you press and hold the right option key (I think I'm missing that particular key :) ).

    With the new bootcamp it's almost painless to run Vista, it was a bit of a hazzle before. Now.. To fix right-clicking.

    But On Topic: Go with Vista if it's for fun - XP is just boring.. If you still use OSX for home computing, then you don't need XP.
  13. Sirlin macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2007
  14. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    Yeah, for that reason alone I'm going to go with XP - would need to run AutoCAD and VIZ, so I can't have incompatibility issues with software - reminds me of the nightmare that was XP in 10/2001 - the application compatibility wizard, yeah right. If I remember, Half-Life wasn't originally supported under XP until the patch was released 2-3 weeks later. :rolleyes: Way to go, Microsoft.

    At this point, though, it's really a toss up between Vista and XP. I agree with the previous poster, though, who said go with XP now (cheaper) and upgrade to Vista later. If you decide to play any games or anything, then they'll almost be guaranteed to work under XP.
  15. Father Jack macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

    Jan 1, 2007
    If you really must run Windows .... Then definitely Xp. I'm sure Vista will have lots of little problems (or big problems) that will need fixing :eek:

  16. SpookTheHamster macrumors 65816


    Nov 7, 2004
    I couldn't stand Vista. There were so many things that wouldn't work with it, both software and hardware. In the end the final straw was my Windows-only USB TV stick wouldn't work in Vista, and I "downgraded" back to XP Home from Ultimate, which was even more hassle.

    Give it a few months for drivers and new products to be released that actually work properly with Vista.

    If you want a pretty OS, just skin XP. It's not hard, I use Chocolate Milk to give it an Apple-y theme.
  17. TBi macrumors 68030


    Jul 26, 2005
    ERM ... yes it does ... just put two fingers on the track pad (as if you were two finger scrolling) and then click the button. Works the same as Mac OSX.
  18. macamacamac macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2005
    Vista runs great!!!

    I installed vista w/bootcamp on my core2duo imac and it runs like a charm. Love those sidebar widget things. A lot has changed from xp to vista so get used to all the new menus and settings as well as all the new eye candy, just go with vista. Since bootcamp is only a beta and vista is brand new, don't run just don't run any critical apps in there. I still run quickbooks from my xp machine.... Run xp on an old machine if you have one.
  19. Xyl macrumors regular

    Dec 30, 2006
    I would hope so. :eek: It would rather surprising if they made an OS that goes from XP back to win95. :rolleyes:

    For that reason alone, you should get neither version. You should be getting Windows for anything but fun, so I would recommend you not to get either, especially if you have no programs (games) for it.
  20. TBi macrumors 68030


    Jul 26, 2005

    My god, everyone is going around talking about bootcamp as if it was a vital piece of software... It is just a set of drivers! No more, no less. It does not do anything but give you drivers for vista/XP to support some of the more obscure apple hardware.

    You'd actually get away without EVER using bootcamp if you had some computing no how. (you might lose some functionality, screen brightness control and two finger right click, but your mac will function fully and play games and what not)

    1. You can resize the apple partition using a built in command line tool.

    2. Most of the hardware in Mac's are commodity items with existing windows drivers.

    You can find them yourself if you want to. Bootcamp just makes it EASIER to this. It doesn't make the impossible possible, it just makes it easier!

  21. ericsthename macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2005
    Vancouver BC
    Here's the thing I don't understand with so many of my PC using friends.

    Lately a few of my university friends have gone out and bought laptops. They didn't want to have vista on them, because they heard it was too buggy.

    Is vista buggy? well, it doesnt have quite the same support yet that XP does, but any laptop fresh on the market these days will have support. Bearing in mind that these are people that use computers for word, email and MSN what could these people encounter that would be too buggy I have no idea.

    I dual boot my MBP in vista, and I have to say that it is much better looking and a lot nicer to work with than XP. It really doesnt hold a candle to the clean and pure functionality of OS X, but if you gotta use windows vista is the only thing I'd be putting on my 'puter! Besides, all these people who throw down vista now will be having a lot more fun later when they decide to do the "Upgrade install".

    The only reason I have to use vista is because I got sick and tired of running office mac in rosetta... not only because its slow, its downright unstable half the time... plus there's the whole webcam on msn debacle...
  22. bmb012 macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2006
    Well, personally, I don't really considering myself as 'using' windows on my Mac Pro, I sort of just deal with it to use Flash 8 until it's UB, and for games, and Vista's 3d performance is a notch down from XP's.

    For anything else, I'm going to be in OS X, dealing with files in Windows makes me want to kill someone. Once you get used to expose and springloaded folders, you really can't go back to the terribly static desktop that is XP...

    So I suppose it depends on how often you'll actually be using the features of the OS, or if it's just for (as I assume it is for most) just a few programs that don't work in OS X.

    You know what they say, if you want something done right, boot into OS X :D
  23. Veritas&Equitas macrumors 68000


    Oct 31, 2005
    Twin Cities, MN
    It works just fine, you just have to manually install the driver. I use the right click in Vista on my MBP all the time. To the OP, go with Vista, it's just more fun, and it works just fine.
  24. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040


    May 16, 2006
    Central Florida!
    I have been using Vista for the last few months and its amazing.... I am going to buy a PC for a while, till new apple items come out.....Vista Rocks ....

Share This Page