Which Windows Version?

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  1. JohnBronson macrumors newbie

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    I just got a new MacBook Pro with the parallel platform. Which Windows version is best to use? Someone told me XP, but I thought I would check here.

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  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    I would say XP as well. More people are reporting instability with Vista on here than XP. Drivers are more mature.
     
  3. Mac-Addict macrumors 65816

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    XP because its more stable and more supported at the moment, Maybe in a few months vista will be more compatible and stable but if you want Eye-candy and so on go with Vista.
     
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  5. Schroedinger macrumors regular

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    If you're using parallels how many virtual cores does the virtual cpu have? I ask b/c XP home has limited support for multi-cpu machines (and by limited I mean it'll only use one chip (so multi-core is okay).

    If the virtual machine that XP sees in parallels has two virtual cpus then xp pro will give you better performance. If the virtual machine only has one cpu, then nevermind.
     
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  7. dswoodley macrumors 6502a

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    "Which Windows version is best to use?"

    I am not sure I understand the question! :eek:

    seriously, yes, XP Pro SP2 is by far the best, most well featured, stable version I have every used. Unless you can find Windows 98 se2, that was decent too.
     
  8. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    LOL! No arguments there! :D
     
  9. Corrosive vinyl macrumors 6502

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    I second the nomination! if you have to use XP.. might as well go pro
     
  10. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Same advice here, and welcome to MR JohnBronson! :)
     
  11. Nosebleed macrumors member

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    I'd say it completely depends on what you want to run

    Theres no point in having XP or even Vista just because its newer/flashier/more stable :)rolleyes: ) if all your App's are written for Win98.

    You haven't told us what programs you've got, or are going to get, and what platform they're written for, so we're not really in a position to advise
     
  12. Dustman macrumors 65816

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    Windows 2000 professional : ). It has all the compatibility, but it doesnt have the useless ugly "eye candy" that XP has.
     
  13. mags631 Guest

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    I vote XP Home (and I say that with Vista on my MBP). The RAM requirements are significantly more in Vista--choosing XP will help you keep the VM memory use down.

    Oh, buy it OEM so that you can get it for <$99. Link
     
  14. psychofreak Retired

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    "latest and greatest games" won't work in Parallels :)
     
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