Windows without Boot Camp (Mac Pro)

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Infrared, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. Infrared macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2007
    I've reinstalled Windows Server 2008 on the disk in bay 2. As far as
    I can tell, everything is working well (but I'm no expert). The Server
    2008 disc would appear to have drivers for most of the hardware.
    Is there any reason to install the Apple supplied Boot Camp drivers?

    My philosophy is to keep it simple, install only what is needed and
    avoid clutter (Windows is a clutter magnet). And that's how it is at
    the moment. So if I don't need those Apple drivers, that's great.

    But if those Apple drivers are needed for something really serious,
    like heat management, then I wouldn't risk going without them.

    Any advice very much appreciated,

  2. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    Its drivers for the system, why not install it? It won't hurt. I have installed Server 2008 before on my MacBook Pro and I installed all the boot camp drivers.

    Personally, I install drivers and watch the programs I install. Drivers are something I don't decide to "not install" on.
  3. Infrared thread starter macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2007
    The only BSODs I ever had were related to one of Apple's
    drivers (googlewords: keymagic.sys BSOD). So I'm a little
    reluctant now :)

    Also, there's a lot of stuff in there that does goodness
    knows what. Things are added to the control panel,
    keystrokes are filtered, updaters are run, and processes
    are set to start on boot.

    If I knew all that was necessary, and why, I'd be happy
    to install it. But I tend not to throw things on a machine
    without thinking carefully about what it does. Especially
    when it comes from a company (Apple) that has historically
    produced Windows software of, let us say, variable quality.

  4. Infrared thread starter macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2007
  5. xgman macrumors 601


    Aug 6, 2007
    I placed a Vista drive from a pc in the MP and with a decompressed Intel driver update on flashdisk handy it didn't miss a beat. No bootcamp at all.

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