Which 64 bit OS to upgrade?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by hajime, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. hajime macrumors 601

    Jul 23, 2007
    I have a SR MacBook Pro (4GB) and a Mac Pro running Windows XP through Bootcamp. I am planning to upgrade to 64-bit OS. Do Windows XP Professional 64 bit, Vista 64 bit and linux 64 bit work well on such systems? Have all the compatibility problems (such as driver problems) fixed? If I end up choosing Windows, which 64 bit version do you recommend?
  2. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    Vista 64-bit is supported by Boot Camp, however I believe only the Mac Pro restore discs include those drivers. One forum member made them available for download so a search should find them.

    Windows XP 64 and Linux are not supported by Boot Camp, so you need to get the drivers yourself. A search of both this forum and Google will provide a list of what you need.
  3. Stridder44 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003
    XP 64 is a joke. Even the most hardcore Microsoft fanboy will tell you that. The handful of drivers that are there are spotty at best. Vista 64 is awesome. There are drivers everywhere by most manufacturers (it's not like they didn't have time to get them out). Apps work great as well. It's nice to be able to use more than 3 GB of RAM too. :)
  4. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

    Sep 22, 2006
    XP64 doesnt work well on anything. Why would you want to use Linux anyways? Its pretty limited in its uses.

    Vista 64 is the best OS, better than XP and Vista 32. The only reason I dont use it is because stupid Macdrive doesnt have a 64bit version, and I need access to a big HDD I formated to HFS+ and dont have a way to back it up so I can make it NTFS again.
  5. kabunaru Guest

    Jan 28, 2008
  6. Siron macrumors 6502


    Feb 4, 2008
    North Carolina
    Vista 64 - absolutely. I run XP Pro 32 and Vista Business 64 and Vista 64 is much better. Games run faster.
  7. costabunny macrumors 68020


    May 15, 2008
    Weymouth, UK
    Diving in with a vote for Vista64 here (I run business as its most of Ultimate but cheaper). Gaming is fine on it and it loves all the ram my Mac Pro has to give..


    (dont even consider an XP OS now as Vista is the M$ flagship and XP is retiring)
  8. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    If you have to run a 64bit OS go with Vista 64. Even though I hate Vista (its the reason I own a mac so I guess I can thank it) Vista 64 bit is a TON better then XP 64 bit. XP 32 bit was fine but dont ever if you can use xp 64 bit. We have some around the office and theyre miserable to repair. Like others stated, good luck with drivers on XP 64.

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