windows on my first mac

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by chukwithak, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. chukwithak macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2008
    Sacramento, CA
    I'm about to buy the late 2008 MB 2.4. I will need windows for school. How do I go about figuring out which windows is compatible with my mac? I've never heard of this 32 bit or 64 bit stuff I'm reading. I plan to run it through bootcamp.

    Also is there an educational price for full windows platform?
  2. Neil321 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Britain, Avatar Created By Bartelby
    As far as I'm aware you can install

    XP both Home & professional ( 32 or 64bit but 64 is not recommended ) these require sp2 or later

    Vista home basic, premium, business or ultimate, not sure if they require sp1, again these can be bought in 32 or 64bit

    With a 64bit OS you can access 4GB of RAM but only 3.3 with 32

    Not sure about your educational question but you could look into buying a OEM (Original Equipment Manufacture ) version of whatever OS you decide on
  3. The Flashing Fi macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2007
    Just a little note on this. XP 64-bit is based on Windows Server 2003 64-bit. Thus, the SP2 for XP 32-bit does not correlate to SP2 for XP 64-bit. So, SP2 for XP 64-bit may not be required (Apple hasn't stated since they don't support it at all). SP1 or no service pack may install fine without having to modify the ISO (slipstream the SP into the iso).

    The biggest issue though, is lack of drivers provided by Apple for XP 64-bit. So, some things may or may not work.

    It varies from system to system. It's basically 4 gigs minus whatever else is in that 4 gig address space (like graphics card memory, I/O address space, and many other miscellaneous stuff that subtracts from the total amount of RAM that XP may be able to address).

    For instance, my Macbook Pro with the 8600M GT 128 MB can detect more memory in 32-bit XP/Vista than a Macbook Pro with 8600M GT 256 MB (theoretically assuming everything else is the same).

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