Putting Windows on a Macbook

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by rhrussel, Dec 4, 2007.

  1. rhrussel macrumors newbie

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    I have one of the early Macbooks, 1.8GHZ with 2GB of RAM [just upgraded] and 80GB harddisk. I want to switch the computer entirely over to windows and get rid of Mac OS altogether as I have a number of specialist Windows only programs that I need to run for work. I think my computer would be too slow or have too little memory to have both or to run parallels.

    Does anybody know of anywhere I can read up on how to do this transition? Ideally I'd like to wipe the HD and re-install everything. Do people recommend Windows XP or Vista? Any advice from people who have already done this would be much appreciated.
     
  2. psychofreak Retired

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    If you really want to do this, I recommend keeping OSX for firmware updates etc., use Boot Camp to install, making sure you have a Windows XP SP2 disk, and leave 5GB for OSX...
     
  3. DannyBres macrumors 65816

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    whats the best and cheapest way to get windows in the uk?
     
  4. kfordham281 macrumors 6502

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    2GB of RAM will run Windows and OS X just fine. I recommend getting Leopard and VMWare (or Parallels; though I like VMWare better - seems faster) and installing XP (NOT Vista) using bootcamp. Then setup VMWare to use the bootcamp partition. This way you can run OS X and Windows any one of three ways.

    1) OS X
    2) Windows native (booting directly into Windows)
    3) Windows virtualized (while in OS X)

    I support Windows PCs at work and have the setup described above. With both Windows and OS X, you can have your cake and eat it too.
     

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