several vista questions

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by me2621a, Jun 30, 2006.

  1. me2621a macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2005
    ok so i have a macbook pro and i am considerng installing vista on it.
    However i have several questions that i need to know the answer t befor i do anything be clear you do not need indows xp already installed (corect) please answer this
    2.can i creat the vista iso from mac osx and if so how(very important)
    3.What partition needs to be deleated dering instalation.
    4. if i choose to deleat the vista partition and resore the drive do i need the partion that i deleated and if so how do i get it back (instructions please)
    5.What drivers do i need and were do i get them(this is very imprtant and links would be apreshiated)
    6.Is gaming going to be effected ( i want to run half life 2 and halo would it run the same as if i had xp)
    7. I have the hardrive prepartioned with a 15gb windows section i need at least 10gb devoted to apps in vista is 15gb enough or do i need more.
    8. if you could get me this info by monday the 3rd that would be great.
    sorry if all these questions have been answerd befor i just want it sentralized in one forem so i can install it without worry
  2. JonD25 macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2006
    1. Yes, XP does not need to be installed beforehand.

    2. Yes. I used Toast. I'm sure you could use DiskUtility too. I think you could just open the disk image in DiskUtility then click burn, but someone else should probably confirm that for me.

    3. It should be the very first FAT32 partition that is 200 MB in size.

    4. (both options in this thread should work. I used the second, more complicated one that doesn't require you to completely erase the drive and it worked)

    5. Some of the drivers that come with it should work. Then you'll have to connect via ethernet and go to Windows Update to get the rest of the drivers to automatically install, including the wireless driver. If you don't have a way to connect to the internet besides wireless, then you can use the Boot Camp drivers disk, but you'll have to extract them and install the drivers manually. Directions here

    6. No idea. Someone else will have to answer.

    7. You'll probably need more. I think I heard Vista needs like 7-9 GB, and 13 GB is the absolute minimum for the partition (so that's 4-6 GB necessary free space). 20 GB sounds more safe.

    Just so you know, Vista ain't that great. I guess if you need Windows and will be in it for a bit, then it's better than XP. But I installed it to play around a little and got bored really quickly. Nothing really that special IMO. I'd back up your entire OSX system if possible just to be safe too.
  3. me2621a thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2005
    thank you for that i wil find out on the 3rd of july how this works i think i may stay with xp until i do it to my other pc. just to see of it is worth it.
    if anyone can alaberate further or feel that they can beder answer one of my questions please do so but once again thank you for being so promted
  4. me2621a thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2005
    one more question
    to erase vista can you just do a clean install of osx and get everthing back to norma or no.
  5. JonD25 macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2006
    You'll have to repartition the drive to erase everything, but yes. Like I said, there's also another way to do it without having to repartition and reinstall OSX, but both should work. I did the one where you don't have to reinstall. Basically, it rebuilds the EFI partition you erased so you can use Boot Camp to erase the Windows partition. If you did this, you should still back up your OSX parition just in case, but it saves you an hour of reinstalling.

    But again, to answer your question, that should work as well. It's the more drastic but also more simple solution.
  6. me2621a thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2005

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