Which version of windows should i get????

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by GB348069, Sep 5, 2008.

  1. GB348069 macrumors newbie

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    I have a Macbook 2.16, with leopard....I need windows for school and with so many different version of windows, which one would be the best????

    xp, vista, basic, premium, oem, retail????

    I see ones that say system builders?? what does this mean???


    thanks
     
  2. CWallace macrumors 603

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    The System Builders OEM edition is licensed to be installed on one computer and one computer only. So if you change computers, you need to buy a new copy of Windows per the license.

    Retail can also only be installed on one computer at a time, but if you buy a new computer, you can delete the Windows installation on your old computer and reinstall it on your new computer. You do not need to buy a new copy provided you delete the old copy (so you can't sell/gift/donate your old computer with Windows still on it).

    As to what version to buy, I remain a fan of Windows XP 32-bit edition. I do have the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista, but XP always served me well when it was my only OS and now that almost everything I do I can do in OS X, my needs in Windows are very basic so XP allows me to use less memory and HDD space vs. Vista.
     
  3. ant-macyourself macrumors member

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    For performance reasons alone, don't touch Vista. Go with XP and you'll be able to do anything you need to do. I don't see Microsoft dropping support for XP for a while given new systems are technically still being sold with it pre-installed.
     

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