some questions on installing XP (bootcamp) for gaming

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by soccerjoe5, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. soccerjoe5 macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2008
    Hi guys, i'm thinking of installing XP via bootcamp in my MBP. I plan to just use XP for games, probably just 2 at a time.

    1. What size of a partition would you recommend? Will 20GB be good enough? I'd like to keep it to a minimum since I do mostly photo work on my mac so I want to have a lot of space for photo editing.

    Another option is to save up for a larger HDD.

    I won't be installing anything, just max 2 games at a time. Not even Office. Example of games I'd like to install: Bioshock, Half Life 2, Witcher, Age of Empires

    2. Do you recommend I install the updates on XP even it's just for gaming? i.e. SP3?

    3. Suppose I get a larger HDD (probably a 250GB) and want to use it for my MBP, how do you suppose I go to migrating my system to it? Ideally I'd like to have my system exactly the same so I was thinking of cloning the drive to the newer/larger one, but what will happen to the XP partition?


    4. I read a lot of people comparing different video drivers for XP. which ones would you recommend I install?
  2. Fogtripper macrumors member

    Apr 19, 2008
    Personally I'd go with an additional drive to put the photos on. Perhaps backing up to DVD every so often.

    I gave windows 100GBs to live in.
  3. italiano40 macrumors 65816


    Oct 7, 2007
    XP SP2 only requires 1.8gb so i would for a gaming pc give it about 20gb

    If you have a good Video card in the MPB it should be fine, i have been playing counter-strike on my macbook with bootcamp and it works great
  4. neilhart macrumors 6502


    Oct 11, 2007
    SF Bay Area - Fremont
    With 250GB hard drives available for about $100 you may want to upgrade your internal drive. There are instructions that you can google if you have not been inside of your MBP.

    Then the problem is moving your OSX and BootCamp without having to reload manually. For this do a search for take a look at this thread (where I shared my solution).

    For BootCamp I would advise XP-Pro with SP2 in at lease a 20GB partition.

  5. soccerjoe5 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2008
    i need my photos on hand since i do a lot of mobile editing :) after a month or a few weeks in, i move them off my HDD to a portable HDD or DVD
  6. soccerjoe5 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2008
    thanks so much for the replies, i think i'll hold off installing windows and save up for a 250GB drive :)
  7. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    SP3 appears to be faster than SP2 from what I have read. With games getting to be 6G+ each, you may want a hefty amount of space unless you plan on removing and reloading games.

Share This Page