What OS for Bootcamp should I use?

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  1. emperoruriel macrumors member

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    I know Vista has come out with SP1. Because of that I wonder if I should buy vista and install it under a bootcamp partition or should I still use Windows XP? As this is my first mac computer :D, I do wonder what my new fellow mac users use for their mac computers.

    PS. If you like to know what will the Windows OS be used for, the answer is the OS will be used for gaming purposes.
     
  2. TEG macrumors 604

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    XP. Stay as far away from Vista as Possible.

    TEG
     
  3. psychofreak Retired

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    While XP will give you better performance, Vista is more expensive and some games are Vista-only.
     
  4. riscy macrumors 6502a

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    I think most people will repeat what TEG says - I'm one of them : XP SP2 is pretty solid on BootCamp.

     
  5. steveza macrumors 68000

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    Windows Server 2008 is probably the best MS OS I've ever used (since DOS 6.22 anyway :) ) I'm only running it in VMWare fusion at the moment but I'll see how things go in boot camp over the weekend.
     
  6. Link00seven macrumors regular

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    I haven't tried Vista (too expensive considering i'll rarely use it) so I installed my copy of XP Pro SP2 via boot camp and so far it works great on my MBP.
     
  7. CallsignBaron macrumors member

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    I use OSX Leopard v.10.5.2! :D

    (sorry, smart @ss I know, I couldn't resist. I switched to Mac so I wouldn't ever have to use Windows again. As for gaming, Sony handles that quite nicely)
     
  8. BigHungry04 macrumors 6502

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    I use Vista. It runs smoothly. I've never had any problems with it. It ran slowly on my Dell XPS laptop I had, but that was because the computer was two years old when I put Vista on it. It does run a lot faster on my macbook pro though. I use it mostly for games.
     
  9. alleycat macrumors regular

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    Wait until you start moving or copying files with 32-bit Vista. It moves slower than a tortoise.

    I'd have to say the best option is Windows XP 32-bit, however I am tempted to try Windows Vista 64-bit to see if the bloatware gets any better. :eek:
     
  10. yoppie macrumors 6502a

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    I use XP. I tried Vista earlier but I didn't like it much.
     
  11. The Flashing Fi macrumors 6502a

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    If you have XP, then just stick with it. If you're looking to buy a new MS OS, then I think it's a bit dumb to buy an outdated OS, unless you know that Vista won't work with a certain program.

    P.S. Comparable versions of Vista to XP are the same price for OEM copies, and MS just lowered the price of retail copies of Vista, which would make it cheaper than XP.
     
  12. SVT Amateur macrumors 6502

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    I use Vista Ultimate, and it runs fine on 2 GB of ram. I haven't had any issues with it other than I much prefer Mac OS X.
     
  13. tsice19 macrumors 6502a

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    I vote XP




    Vista's interface is great, and I love how aero looks. However, once you start having to actually use Vista (ex: copy a file to an external HDD, make a *.zip file, etc;) it becomes incredibly slow and freezes. Not to mention, the user account control will treat you like you are 200 years old and have never ran a program on a computer before.

    Like I said, Vista=Pretty
    But XP gets the job done
     
  14. The Menacer macrumors member

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    I would go with whatever you prefer! If you don't have a lot of experience in Vista, go down to BestBuy and see if it's worth the extra cost. I like Vista a lot, personally. But make sure you stay away from Home Basic. Go with at least Home Premium, and try to go for Ultimate.

    NewEgg has some good prices on OEM versions of Vista; you might want to check it out.
     
  15. Radio Monk33 macrumors 6502

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    I tried vista but didn't care for it much. The UAC is just too awful. I was more comfortable with XP, a very refined product late in it's lifecycle. I'll be happy using it for another 2-3 years while my computer can handle the games and the next windows OS comes out. :) I think I can skip Vista altogether.
     
  16. steveza macrumors 68000

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    You can disable UAC by running msconfig -> on the Tools tab click on "Disable UAC" -> click "Launch" -> Reboot.
     
  17. BigHungry04 macrumors 6502

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    But that would defeat the purpose of that feature. There is nothing more entertaining than having to click Allow when you're trying to play WoW.
     
  18. allbrokeup macrumors 6502

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    I use Vista Ultimate on Boot Camp with Leopard. Tiger 10.4.11 is also on another Partition just in case an app won't work with Leo.

    allbrokeup.

    P.S. Vista is awful, the UI is terrible (Aero's OK but only just OK), and the 'Cancel or Allow?' dialogue boxes annoy the hell outta me, but its stable.

    P.P.S. Mac OS X is better.
     
  19. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    My vote would be for WinXP. WinXP with SR2 and all updates is very stable, works well, and IMHO, seems faster/more responsive.

    If you already have WinXP, it also will save you $.
     
  20. katejones macrumors regular

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    I use xp pro for gaming, after a quick google halo2 is vista only, and halo3 will be vista only, but thats just MS being retarded. I don't think any big game company would destroy there own sales by making a game vista only, unless MS was putting some serious cash in there pocket.
     
  21. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Good point reference some games. If you choose of these games, then there is no choice, you have to run Vista.
     
  22. The Flashing Fi macrumors 6502a

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    Halo 2 has been cracked to run on XP, but I don't know if you can go online and play, which kind of defeats the purpose of playing Halo 2.
     
  23. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    xP seems to be the best of a crap lot.

    If I had to install one M.S. os it would be xP. (but I'd much prefer not to) .. :cool:
     
  24. steveza macrumors 68000

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    I don't play wow but I'm sure you are kidding :) . If UAC is the only reason why someone doesn't want to use Vista then turning it off is OK.
     
  25. intoxicated662 macrumors regular

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    If you're going to be gaming, then Vista would be the choice as most games nowadays are only Vista compatible. If it's for anything else, i'd recommend Windows Xp Media Center Edition or even Professional Edition would be good.
     

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