XP or Vista for bootcamp?

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  1. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    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

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    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

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    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 68000

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    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

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

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    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

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

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

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    is vista better for pretty much all gaming performance? EA sports games for example?
     

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