XP or Vista - Unibody 17"

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  1. Egil macrumors newbie

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    I'm waiting on a 17" MBP, and I'm looking to buy either XP or Vista for gaming purposes and possibly an external Blu Ray player. Any recommendations for either XP or Vista? Thanks
     
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  3. dannomac macrumors member

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    I'm going to have to say Vista x64, because it's the only one that will use all your hardware. XP and Vista x32 will only be able to use <3gb of your 4gb of ram, while Vista x64 (and Mac OS) will be able to use the whole amount.
     
  4. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    Vista X64

    Windows 7 X64 if you know a lot about computers.
     
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  6. Nikos macrumors 68000

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    Vista is an excellent OS IMO. Been using it on my PC with absolutely no issues for quite a while now.
     
  7. Mark2000 macrumors regular

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  8. guest8t88 macrumors member

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    If you are considering Vista, then to wait for Windows 7.
    i am no big fan of windows anymore, but my background people who work with software alot says wait for 7 instead of going Vista.
     
  9. latempete macrumors member

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    Please forgive me if this is a stupid question. I had read up on the late-2008 model 17 inch MBP (at least I thought I did) and could have sworn that model computer could only run 32-bit Windows. Has this changed with the new 17 inch MBP?

    I am asking because I bought the late-2008 model (and loaded Vista 32 on it) but had a hardware issue with the computer and now Apple is replacing it with a brand new 17 inch MBP. I'd love to be able to load Vista 64-bit on there!

    note: I'd stick with Vista because I already bought it and money is tight.
     
  10. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    If you can get Win 7 Beta... get it in x64 flavor. Has everything Vista has and its much stable.
     
  11. dannomac macrumors member

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    Any Core 2 Duo MacBook or MacBook Pro can run 64 bit Windows, though I believe that Apple only provides the bootcamp drivers for early 2008 and later models.
     
  12. FunkTechNician macrumors member

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    i wanted to know this as well. but i just want windows for a few small video programs vdub, etc and few others. what programs are even compatable with windows 7 since its so new?
     
  13. theITGuy macrumors 6502a

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    Most software that runs on Vista will run on Windows 7. Some are calling Windows 7 "Windows Vista SP3" and they are correct :D

    Cheers.

    -J.-
     

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