What is the downside of Vista 64 on a Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by MacsRgr8, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    I have read many threads about using Vista 64 on a Mac Pro, especially with > 2 GB RAM.
    My question is what is the downside of using the 64 bits version?
    Are some older apps incompatible? Will some games not work properly?

    I have Mac Pro (8 x 2.8) with GeForce 8800 GT, and 4 GB RAM. I use Boot Camp mainly for gaming, and I just want to find out if it is worth getting the 64 bits version of Vista Ultimate, instead of my 32 bits Vista Ultimate.

    Does anyone know of incompatibility issues with older (DirectX 9c) games?
  2. XianPalin macrumors 6502


    May 26, 2006
    I've been running a few older games and haven't run into any problems. Oblivion, Battlefield 2, Tribes Vengeance, Quake 3 & 4, etc.. all run fine with everything maxed out. I haven't run into any downsides so far :)
  3. SDDave2007 macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2007
    What is the downside of running Vista on a MacPro?

    how about making it a more generic question

    What is the downside of running Vista?

    Oh wait... that question has already been answered a 1000 times!

    Vista? downside? rhetocial question?
  4. MacsRgr8 thread starter macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    All of them running on the 64 bits version of Vista?

    Gotta give it a try then. :)
  5. MacsRgr8 thread starter macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    Okay, let me rephrase that...

    What's the downside of Vista 64 bits vs. Vista 32 bits. ;)
  6. ma2ha3 macrumors regular


    Mar 13, 2007
    bimmer , arsenal and apple.
    vista at the top?

    well, the downside of vista is WOW, vista.
    why not XP pro OEM? you have a faster operating system than vista.
  7. MacsRgr8 thread starter macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands

    Point is I'd like to run DirectX 10 games in Vista, and having the OS see all 4 GB of RAM ;)

    Apple, Arsenal and BMW.
    How the Hell could a Windows fit in that brilliant list...?? :eek:
    It's not Microsoft, Man Utd and Kia...
  8. spaceballl macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2003
    San Francisco, CA
    Download the service pack 1 - apparently that addresses 90% of all the compatibility complaints that plagued vista 64 the first time around.
  9. zxcvb macrumors regular


    Sep 14, 2008
    32-bit or 64-bit XP SP2 on my MBP

    I got my MBP 2 months ago, 2g RAM

    which xp would be better for me to Boot Camp on my MBP, 32-bit or 64-bit?

    I've done some search and Microsoft said 64-bit require at least 4g Ram and some ppl experienced driver problem when they install 64-bit XP

    so, anyone give me some suggestions which xp should I install?
  10. sangosimo Guest


    Sep 11, 2008
    if you going 64bit use vista; if you are using 32bit stick with xp (less than 4gb).
  11. Stridder44 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003

    When I got my MBP in february, I was doing the exact same thing. Testing XP and Vista (both 32 and 64 bit) to see which would be best (for gaming mainly). I came to the same conclusion. XP 64 is a bad joke. Even Microsoft lovers know this. XP should only be used for the 32-bit version.

    When I installed Vista (32-bit) I was disappointed. It sucked and I wanted to go back to XP. But I gave Vista 64 a try. Holy damn, I'm glad I did. It's been nothing but awesome. I have no idea why but it really feels like night and day. Had a couple other buddies install Vista 64 on their machines (they hated Vista as well at the time, mainly because so many other people did) and they all love it too now.

    Downside? There is none. Oh no, it takes up a little more HDD/RAM space. :rolleyes: You will NEVER notice the difference. Applications/games? They all run awesome. Even Oregon Trail ran fine! It's very stable and fast. Again, I've went through what you're going through, and I'm telling ya, go for 64-bit.
  12. Creibold macrumors regular


    Feb 27, 2006
    "It just works". I hate to say the line, but it's true. Consumers on the PC side are now buying desktops and laptops with Vista 64 installed and they don't even know it. If anything you should be asking what the benefits are to running a 64-bit operating system.

    The days when running 64-bit windows and having device driver issues, buggy performance and program incompatibilities are over. If you have a modern machine (of which the mac pro is a super computer in this regard) everything should be fine.
  13. Wotan31 macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2008
    The only downside to Vista on a Mac Pro is that now you're using Vista.
  14. dimme macrumors 65816

    Feb 14, 2007
    SF, CA
    IMO it works fine ut it is windows and takes me away for the mac experience. I am lucky I can do everything I need in OS X,

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