Will Vista ruin my mac?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by StrokeMidnight, Jun 22, 2007.

  1. StrokeMidnight macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2007
    Hey, I just joined this forum and would like to ask a few questions about Vista on Macs.

    Today I decided that I would get Vista on my Mac so I could play a few games, but couldn't I get viruses and problems with Windows effect OSX? For example, on XP, there has been a problem where this program takes up 100% of memory room and decreases speed drastically. That wasn't even a virus, so could something like that happen and decrease the speed of the Mac portion also? And what about viruses? I was going to use the Windows part strictly for games and some programs that aren't on Macs. So would that mean that I wouldn't get any viruses since I'm not browsing the web?

    Also, if I did get Vista, which version would be the best for games, and does it really make a difference? I'm planning to get Home Premium. Will that be good?

    Sorry for all the questions! And thanks in advance!
  2. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    Home Premium is really the best you ought to get. Ultimate is way overpriced, and Home Basic is way too crippled.

    What happens in Vista stays in Vista. It will not affect your OS X partition. If Vista crashes and burns, you can erase and reinstall on that partition without touching your OS X installation at all.

    So happy Boot Camping!
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    The only time Vista could affect your OSX experience is if you are running in a virtualised environment like Parallels or VMware Fusion. If you want to do that, you won't be able to use Vista Home as the license specifically excludes virtual environments. If you stick to bootcamped Vista, any version should be OK for games.
  4. amd4me macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2006
  5. 66217 Guest

    Jan 30, 2006
    Yeah, only 5 years for the next update.:D You can certainly wait for it to come.

    Seriously, get XP. More stable, and for me quite more easy to understand.
  6. StrokeMidnight thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2007
    Yeah, but when more games come out in the future for Vista I'll have to upgrade. So if Vista crashes and I can't start up Vista I will still be able to start up the Mac?
  7. StrokeMidnight thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2007
    Oh yeah, and what would be a good amount of space for Windows and say..five games?
  8. 66217 Guest

    Jan 30, 2006

    I have a MB with 120GB HD, and I gave Windows 40GB. I have about 3-4 games installed and all my music there. So if you have a big HD, I think 40GB would be enough.
  9. nichos macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2004
    Jacksonville, Fl
    Another vote for XP - i was using vista on my office machine, i had to go back to XP. The vista experience was nothing but slow - and I wasn't even using aero.
  10. Bern macrumors 68000


    Nov 10, 2004
    I have Vista Home Premium on my MBP using Bootcamp and it runs really well. I have all the bells and whistles operating and have experienced no issues at all with it. In fact it feels snappier and more responsive than XP Pro did.
  11. Osarkon macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2006
    Vista doesn't ruin Macs. People using Vista ruins Macs ;)
  12. StrokeMidnight thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2007
    I have a 250 GB hard drive, but I only have 77 GB left. I'm gonna clean that up in the next few days though (there are a lot of old useless downloads on it). Do you think an external hard drive might be a good thing to get?
  13. StrokeMidnight thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2007
    In what way?

    And also, to the person who said vista runs to slow, do you think that these specs will make it run fast?

    Machine Name: iMac
    Machine Model: iMac4,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core Duo
    Processor Speed: 1.83 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache (per processor): 2 MB
    Memory: 1 GB
    Bus Speed: 667 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: IM41.0039.B00

    Chipset Model: ATY,RadeonX1600
    Type: Display
    Bus: PCIe
    VRAM (Total): 128 MB
    Vendor: ATI (0x1002)
    Device ID: 0x71c5
    Revision ID: 0x0000
    EFI Driver Version: 01.00.063
  14. StrokeMidnight thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2007
    Ugh. I forgot one more. Vista will be able to play games that came out on XP right?
  15. StrokeMidnight thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2007
    Just one more question. I'm using wireless airport to connect to the internet. Will I have a problem getting on the internet from the windows side since airport isn't supported?
  16. seanf macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2006
    An OEM version of Ultimate is the sweet spot, giving you all the features for less than the cost of the retail Home Premium version.

    Sean :)
  17. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    Actually, Vista doesn't ruin Macs -it ruins lives...
  18. 66217 Guest

    Jan 30, 2006
    Yes. Most of them should work.;)
  19. StrokeMidnight thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2007
    Ok so today I went to Circuit City and tried to pickup XP Home Edition. They didn't have it so and they offered me Vista. Would getting Vista really be a mistake? Wouldn't it be fine just for games?
  20. amd4me macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2006
    It is a resource hog and it errors and crashes all the time. GET XP!
  21. synth3tik macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    It will but referencing a conversation I had not even 30 seconds ago it's pointless.
  22. SDAVE macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2007
    Vista's not bad at all...by Service Pack 1 or 2 it should be at the same level as XP.

    For "business" use, stick to XP SP2 with all the latest patches and use FireFox2 instead of IE7. You'll do fine.
  23. StrokeMidnight thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2007
    Ok, I finally got Vista because I went to a store and they really convinced me. They spent 30 minutes going on the web and checking out all the problems I've been worried about. But, then I found something that said when you install Vista you wipe out OS X, and that an Apple employee said that Vista won't run. Is any of this true?
  24. SDAVE macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2007
    No, they're just stupid. Use Bootcamp to have both OSX and Vista...all you do is hold down ALT right after your computer starts, and you pick which OS you want to boot into from the list.
  25. Killyp macrumors 68040


    Jun 14, 2006
    Technically it should work, although I think you'll get sick of it fairly quickly (like I did) and you'll end up with a partitioned drive (like I did) which you'll have to then completely wipe to get rid of the partition.

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