XP or Vista for bootcamp?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by aaronw1986, Jun 28, 2007.

  1. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2006
    My MBP should be arriving tomorrow. Should I use Vista or XP for bootcamp? I guess maybe xp would be better since Vista is a memory hog? I will have 4GB ram though. I will be doing gaming in the bootcamp partition. Which would be better?
  2. lozanoj83 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2006
    Southern California
    Id say XP
    mostly all APP's are compatible with XP (dont quote me on this tough)
    besides, stick with something you know, there are soem bugs in Vista... i think..
    i personally have XP on my Bootcamp, and dont want to hav Vista, not until they release a service pack for it...
  3. Bern macrumors 68000


    Nov 10, 2004
    I have Vista, but then I don't use any Windows apps or games. I don't mind it actually. I had XP Pro but really wanted to try out Vista and I prefer it over XP. It seems snappier and more responsive to me.
  4. WizardHunt macrumors demi-god


    May 11, 2007
    Las Vegas, Nevada USA
    I heard that XP works better with bootcamp than with Vista. Can't remember where I heard it but I did hear it. :D
  5. thunderclap macrumors 6502a

    Nov 8, 2003
    I have Vista installed and use it primarily for games. No problems here.
  6. sotl macrumors member

    Feb 14, 2007
    XP and Vista both ran fine on my MBP. Just be sure to get the 32-bit for either one. As far as ram is concerned XP/Vista 32-bit won't take advantage of all of it, but there isn't any support for 64-bit from Apple just yet so the keyboard backlight, screen dimming, "fn" keys, iSight, etc won't work. These features aren't missed too much except for the screen dimming. It's a real eyesore at night when it's at full brightness and you can't do anything about it.

    You won't even notice the memory consumption so don't worry about it. I have 2GB of ram and eveything runs great. DO concern yourself with hard drive space. My MBP has a 120GB hard drive. I gave Vista Ultimate the privilege of 60GB and it hogged 20GB after all the updates were installed for itself. XP will suck up far less.
  7. Dj-Grobe macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2007
    If you nee dual view !! (external monitor) well ................just dont us ewindows under apples with bottcamp !!:mad:
  8. barr08 macrumors 65816


    Aug 9, 2006
    Boston, MA
    I would install Vista. Many of the newer games have been designed for vista only, like Halo 2.
  9. zane19 macrumors newbie

    Jun 4, 2007
    is vista better for pretty much all gaming performance? EA sports games for example?

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