should i put windows xp or 7 on my macbook pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by joek84, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. joek84 macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2009
    I plan on using vmware and installing the os using bootcamp. I need windows for statistics software mostly. I also plan on gaming occasionally; most games i like are not cutting edge. So, I was thinking of putting a lightweight version of xp on my computer. But now windows 7 is out and im reading some reviews that say it actually improves battery life and other that say it makes it worse. Anyone have any insight on which i should install? thanks
  2. joek84 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2009
    my specs:

    2.8 ghz, 4gigs ram, 512mb video, 15.4inch
  3. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    I'm not totally sure but the OS you use in Fusion has little to none affect on battery life since you'll be using VMware-provided drivers sort to speak. It also depends on which version of Fusion you have. I believe you can install Windows 7 on Fusion 2.x but lacks some support. Newly released Fusion 3.0 provides better support for Windows 7 GUI affects. If you're not doing anything but a few simple programs, I'd just go with XP.

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