XP vs Win 7

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  1. rasmusDoh macrumors regular

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    Hey

    Gotta use some Windows software on my MBP, so i'll need to install either XP or Win 7..

    Seems like XP requires quite a bit less memory. It doesn't have the look and some of the functions of Win 7 though, but i really don't think i'll need those very much, with Mac OS X being my primary OS.

    On Win 7, however, i found (on my PC) MSE fine for security. With XP i guess i'd need some extra protection software.

    So what'd you suggest?

    Also, can you please also suggest a lightweight efficient anti-virus program for use with XP?


    Thanks
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Personally, if you don't need the bells and whistles of Win7 and XP will do the job, I would run XP with Fusion and skip the Bootcamp

    The 3 AVs I am aware of are Avast, Avira and AVG
    Not sure if they work with XP or not, but you can check them out (free)
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    AVG works great on XP. I haven't tried the others.
     
  4. rasmusDoh thread starter macrumors regular

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    Just gotta ask.. The reason i need anti-virus in Windows is so it doesn't **** up the Windows partition or image, right? As i understand it can never hurt Mac OS X!?

    The reason i considered BootCamp was the fact that some of the Windows programs i need are a bit heavy.

    Since XP itself doesn't require a lot of RAM to virtualize - would that mean that i could assign a bit more RAM than it needs and thus be able to run these somewhat heavier programs - without it getting terribly slow - in Fusion?
     
  5. theITGuy macrumors 6502a

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    Don't worry about Win diseases affecting your OSX partition...

    I use Avast and AVG quite a bit but I'm starting to use more and more Microsoft's free AV "Security Essentials"...

    I run both XP and 7 in Fusion VMs and they each have 1GB of RAM assigned...I find them very efficient...

    Cheers.

    -J-
     
  6. Patrick J macrumors 65816

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    Microsoft Security Essentials is great. I used to use ESET Nod 32 (lightweight) but unfortunately you have to pay a hefty fee for the licence. Use Security Essentials: it's free and efficient
     
  7. rasmusDoh thread starter macrumors regular

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    There's no MSE for XP - are there?

    And theITguy -> May i ask, why you use both XP and Win 7?
     
  8. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030

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    Yes there is, in fact, I just downloaded it about 2 hours ago for a new employee's laptop I was setting up. Works fine in XP.
     
  9. rasmusDoh thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh, nice!

    Though there wasn't since i never knew about the program until installing Win 7..

    Anyway, thanks! :D
     
  10. theITGuy macrumors 6502a

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    I use both to test different things...we haven't moved to 7 at work yet officially...so I must have an XP image to run some legacy apps...

    Also I like to play with many OSes...XP and 7 and OSX 10 are great...Vista not so much :D

    -J.-
     

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