Windows XP questions

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by rewolfrats, Jul 16, 2007.

  1. rewolfrats macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2007
    I'm looking to install Windows XP (32bit SP2) on my new Mac Pro to run a few specialized analytical and graphical software packages, ArcGIS, and Matlab.

    1) I have access to the OS software via MSDN-AA. Do I need to download this software with a PC and save it to a DVD? The directions are written for a PC: Click on "Start" and choose "Run..." Type \\\msdn-iso in the Run... box and hit ENTER. Can't quite figure out how to do this on the Mac Pro.

    2) Should I be looking at Parallels or Boot Camp? I will be wanting to share files with OS-X but I will also want to get maximum performance out of computer for some GIS and modelling applications.

    3) For Boot Camp should I be leaning toward a separate internal hard drive for Windows?

  2. SDDave2007 macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2007
    1) yes, you need to have XP on a CD/DVD
    2) personally I have Parallels v3 [works great]
    3) thats up to you... Parallels [and I assume VMWare] support up to 128gig "virtual" hard disk images. I dedicated a 250gig drive for my Windows and XP/OSX shared areas

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