Windows Vista on New iMacs Question

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  1. Wicked1, May 18, 2011
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    Wicked1 macrumors 68040

    Wicked1

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    Will the new iMacs for 2011 or 2010 support Vista?

    I know the new MBA and MBP only support Windows 7, but I have legal licenses for Vista for as little as I use it, primarily gaming, I do not want to buy another piece of MS Software at all.
     
  2. robtarren macrumors newbie

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    Hey Wicked1,

    I'm running Windows Vista on my 2011 iMac via Parallels...now problems at all (although it took hours to install all the service packs and other updates!!)
     
  3. Lancetx macrumors 68000

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    I had the same problem as the OP, I only need Windows occasionally and didn't want to spend nearly $200 for Windows 7 to run in Boot Camp when my Windows XP Pro SP3 that I already own would do the job just fine. So I bought Parallels Desktop 6 and it runs Windows very smoothly in a virtual machine without ever needing to reboot. I did upgrade my new iMac to 8GB of RAM as well, but that cost less than $50 to do and was well worth it.
     
  4. robtarren macrumors newbie

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    Ooops, just re-read my post...should say NO problems at all! ;o)
     
  5. Scarrus macrumors regular

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    If you want to use it in bootcamp for games and such, it won't work, only Win 7
     
  6. AndyMoore macrumors 6502

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    I have Vista SP2 running in BootCamp on my 2010 iMac.
     
  7. Icy1007 macrumors 6502a

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    I believe the only Windows that Apple supports via Bootcamp is Windows 7.
     
  8. Lancetx macrumors 68000

    Lancetx

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    That is true beginning with the Late 2010 MacBook Air and all new Macs released since then (2011 MacBook Pros & iMacs).

    Link
     
  9. tsugaru macrumors 6502

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    Win7 only on the 2011 iMacs.

    You can buy an OEM version of Home Premium x64 for what? $130?
     

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