Which Windows is best on a Mac?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by koobcam321, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. koobcam321 macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2009
    Forget the end-user requirements.... a generic question.... Which Windows OS (XP or Vista/Basic/Home Premium/Ultimate or '7') is best suited to run along with a Mac...?

    A sort of one-size-fits-all question.....
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    I would say XP or 7, skip Vista
    Since Windows 7 is free right now to use... I would say use it

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  3. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    I'm rocking the Seven RC and it's the best thing to ever come out of Redmond.
  4. koobcam321 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2009
    Thank you! Seems Seven is flying high... :rolleyes:

    Any more thoughts guys?
  5. jeevesofRKdia macrumors member

    May 8, 2009

    Also, if you're a student and you really don't like 7 for some reason, you can get a discounted Vista from your school.

    However, in response to the "one size fits all" category, I'd think that 64-bit 7 works the best on any computer. there were some articles somewhere (specific, I know :rolleyes:) that mentioned the speed boosts of using x64 for 7 compared to both Vista and x86 Win7.
  6. NeGRit0 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 19, 2008
    Las Vegas, Nv
    Posting this from Chrome on the Win 7 RC. Best version of Windows yet. Runs flawlessly on my Penryn Blackbook (which has been upped to 4GB/500GB@7200rpm).
  7. Anuba macrumors 68040


    Feb 9, 2005
    Win7 64 bit, hands down, no contest.

    When my MBP arrived a few days ago I started with installing Vista which I have a couple of licenses for, I figured it was a safer route than Win7 due to the fact that it's rather experimental at this stage and not officially supported by Boot Camp, parallels etc. But it was just so goddamn slow and bloated. I wiped the Vista installation and tried Win7 x64 and got it working flawlessly with the Boot Camp drivers plus the latest from NVidia and Realtek. The only slightly advanced tweak required was to switch the Firewire driver to Legacy Mode -- the new FW driver in Win7 doesn't work well (yet).
  8. u49aa2 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 3, 2008
    Between Heaven and Hell
    I don't use windows very often, Though i think XP home edition, has been very good for me. it is very light, that you will not notice that it is open.
  9. Markov macrumors 6502


    May 18, 2007
    I use Windows 7 64-bit RC on my iMac, and it runs flawlessly. Windows 7 has the stability (or the potential) of Windows XP while maintaining the "eye candy" of Vista. I personally like Win 7 a lot, and can see the major difference between 7 and Vista. I have XP running on my macbook pro, and haven't really used since I installed 7 on my iMac, that's how stable it is.
  10. spinedoc77 macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2009
    Another vote for x64 Windows 7, it's pretty darn flawless on my rev B air.
  11. EggrollShop macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2009
    Yup, Windows 7 RC hands down is as good if not better than XP. Haven't had any major issues with it beside my UMP running really hot while playing games. But that's expected. Other than that love it and will definatly purchase it when it comes out in October.
  12. Bengt77 macrumors 68000


    Jun 7, 2002
    I happen to quite like Vista 64. Works pretty good for me. Sure, I only use it for gaming under Boot Camp, but still. I don't like XP at all. It used to be okay, but since Vista is out it feels extremely dated, like running Panther on a 2009 or 2008 machine.
  13. Nasus macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2006
    Do you have the download link for the free Windows 7 - I must be a blind but I can't find it anywhere on the Microsoft site.
  14. Chwisch87 macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2008
    I gotta say, either this poster isn't exactly all that tech savy or it really shows the kind of divide between windows and mac environments. One uses a quite frankly archaic pricing model and the other offers a very simplified structure by just having ... gasp ... one version.
  15. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    I thought it was a fairly legitimate question

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  16. JasonR macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2008
    For some crazy reason my Windows 7 taskbar doesn't show up when I run Parallels...

    So installed XP and my BT Keyboard and Firewire don't work. ARGH
  17. TRAG macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2009
    Louisiana, USA
    While I do agree that it is a legitimate question, he does have a good point. Many PC people can't decide what to get because there are so many choices for different people and too many computer companies (including Window's Ultimate/Basic type choices) trying to 1 up each other.
  18. Chwisch87 macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2008
    Well to clarify it is a fine question and I won't blame the poster for not having the knowledge more that I blame Microsoft for creating the mass confusion it does its different versions of windows. I will be building a PC desktop here soon and just the other day i was going through all this stuff that "comes with this version but not htat one" and looked back fondly of how much i have enjoy my mac laptop and began to wonder ... is building a PC desktop really worth it :p if i have to put up with this crap.
  19. elgrecomac macrumors 65816


    Jan 15, 2008
    San Diego
    What crap are you talking about? Price-specific releases of their OS? It is MS' business model. With 90% of all computers running their OS, it seems to work for them. I use windows all the time on my MBP (via Fusion - beta) because several 'industry standard' application don't run on a Mac. The OP had a legitimate question which I feel we should try to answer as accurately as we can.
  20. Confuzzeled23 macrumors regular


    Jan 27, 2009
    I love using Windows 7 RC on my Aluminum Macbook, however does anyone else experience their fan constantly running at full speed like it is overheating. It rarely is heard running under OS X, didn't know if it was a Windows 7 thing, or a Windows thing in general. For example, the fan will go at full speed if just talking on Windows Live Messenger.

    Anyone else experience this fan issue?


    EDIT: Also really low battery life, 2 hours in XP, maybe 1 and half in 7 RC. Though, get 4 - 5 in OS X
  21. Stridder44 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003

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