Should I install XPSP2 or something else?

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  1. twlkp76 macrumors newbie

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    My wife has a Gateway PC running XPSP2.
    She just bought me a MacBook Pro.

    Should I install the same or are updated Windows able to run the XP programs?


    Thanks
     
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  3. Hastings101 macrumors 68000

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    Windows 7 is actually on par if not better than OS X right now, and it's much better than XP. However, while Windows 7 will probably run the programs without issue, if you're really worried about compatibility then you should use XP.
     
  4. balamw Moderator

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    Or get 7 Pro or Ultimate which come with "XP Mode", basically a free virtual machine running XP for any apps you might have trouble with.

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  5. C. Alan macrumors 6502

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    I think a lot of it depends on what you are going to do with windows. I run XP under Parallels on my Mac Pro so I can run autocad. It was the only program I really use.

    If you are going go the boot camp route for gaming, Id go with windows 7. If you are just using Office or older programs, use XP.
     

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