xp vs vista on new mbp

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by TheFinale, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. TheFinale macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2008
    And so i just got my new late MBP. Entry level. I was wondering would it be better to install vista than xp ? Since i only have 2GB of ram vista will run lagging than xp ? But vista handles the system better ? Correct me if wrong. and please advise me on which OS is better to install ! Thanks
  2. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    Well what are you doing on it?

    I have Vista on a 1.66Ghz Core Duo, and its fine(and I only have 1.25Gb of RAM) I'm not doing anything super intensive, but I think people were over reacting to Vista's system specs. On recent computers(ignoring netbooks/nettops) its a fine OS.
  3. TheFinale thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2008
    Games and some visual studios. Moreover at times i would want to run VMware on the mac. so im afraid the system cant take it if it were vista.
  4. Thunder82 macrumors 6502

    Jul 16, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    As long as you have SP1 installed, I would say Vista is the better option, especially if you'd like to play DX10 games. 2GB is more than sufficient for Vista as well.
  5. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    I'd install XP personally. It's much more solid an OS than Vista will ever be. SP1 (on average) made things much worse, at least speaking in terms of extensive benchmarks that were done.

    I ran Fusion with NFS Underground. Crashed. It's an old game I know, but Parallels ran it just fine. If you are serious about games, use Boot Camp. It natively boots the OS you choose from startup.
  6. avkills macrumors 6502


    Jun 14, 2002
    2GB is not going to be fine for running Vista via Fusion or Parallels. OS X is going to take 1GB+ easily, which leaves you 1GB for Vista if your lucky. My co-worker had lots of problems running Vista via Parallels on his 17" MBP which only has 2GB RAM.

    If you up the RAM to 4GB it will work. XP is the way to go if you can't foot the bill for more RAM.

    If you only run it via bootcamp you should be ok.


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