Putting Windows on a Macbook

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

  1. rhrussel macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2007
    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


    May 16, 2006
    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


    Oct 30, 2007
    whats the best and cheapest way to get windows in the uk?
  4. kfordham281 macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2007
    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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