What Windows OS for College?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by gamerw00t, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. gamerw00t macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2009
    I'm going to college this fall for engineering, and I'm getting a Macbook Pro. I will most likely need to have a Windows OS on my MBP to run certain programs.

    Should I get XP, Vista, or should I wait for Windows 7?

    If I should get Vista, should I get Home Basic or Home Premium or what?
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    I am running Vista...

    Having said that, I would recommend you get Windows 7 now... it is a free download, and you will have plenty of time to buy the retail version when it comes out.

    If you choose not to install Windows 7 now, I would suggest XP over Vista. It would be cheaper, and would most likely do anything you need.

    But that's just me...

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  3. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

    Bill Gates

    Jun 21, 2006
    Download the Windows 7 RC. There is no point in buying Vista when 7 is right around the corner.
  4. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    Follow this advice:

    Once you're enrolled in college, go to the school's computer store and see if they have any discounts on Microsoft software.

    When I was in graduate school we were able to get virtually anything from Microsoft for $5 a disk, as long as it was software the university was putting on its own computers - Windows, Office, Visual Studio, etc.

    Download Windows 7 for free, use that until you can go to the computer store on your campus. You might save a ton of cash.
  5. slpdLoad macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2009
    Whatever your school gives you for free. Use the Win 7 RC until your school gets the released version.
  6. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    This, definitely.
  7. Stridder44 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003
    x2. Good advice here. Wait it out for Windows 7. Vista and XP are both bunk choices at this point.
  8. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Great advice from... the man himself. :p
  9. LtRammstein macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2006
    Denver, CO
    Most engineering departments are either sticking with XP SP3 or are going to Windows 7 64-bit.

    My ECE Department is getting brand new i7 Dell machines with Windows 7 64-bit for the fall.

    I recommend going with Vista 64-bit or Windows 7 64-bit. Also, check to see if you can get a free copy of either from your university.
  10. Unprocessed1 macrumors 65816


    Jun 23, 2008
    Windows 7 is a REALLY smooth and beautiful OS. Just go with the RC and then buy the retail version when it comes back. You won't have to deal with the BS of Vista either.

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