I'm a late adaptor. After much happy gaming in Windows XP (via Boot Camp on my Mac), I am finally getting around to Vista-only games like Assassin's Creed III. So it's time to take the plunge and buy a copy of Vista on eBay. But which version? 64-bit or 32-bit? Service pack 1, 2, or 3? Starter, basic, or ultimate? Home or business? As somebody who isn't well-versed in Windows to begin with, I'm finding the choice a little overwhelming.
I will be using Windows exclusively for gaming and don't care about any other features. Also, note that Windows Vista is the latest Windows my 2006 Mac Pro will support, so unfortunately "Skip straight to Windows 7 or 8" isn't an option. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog
on Dec 2, 2013 -
I want a Mac, but I also have some software (games) that I need to run in Windows. I know I can use bootcamp to run a virtual machine with Windows on it, but will it be flawless? [more inside]
posted by jasondbarr
on Jan 11, 2012 -
I need help migrating an existing Windows XP file system from a Thinkpad to a new Macbook running bootcamp. [more inside]
posted by photoslob
on Jun 7, 2010 -
Mac question: How to I get the F10 button to work as an F10 button and not turn the sound levels on and off? I'm running Windows on a Mac and using a program that will only let me use the F10 button for a specific function, but it's already allocated to sound control. [more inside]
posted by ask me please
on May 1, 2010 -
Install windows 7 install problems + can I install enterprise (with an enterprise key) from an ultimate disk? [more inside]
posted by kraigory
on Feb 23, 2010 -
I now own a MacBook Pro 17". And now I have some questions relating to MacOS and Windows 7, hardware upgrades and getting Applecare-on-the-cheap. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000
on Nov 11, 2009 -
I have Leopard and Windows 7 (7057) installed on my Late 2007 (possibly older, I got it refurbished) Macbook Pro 15". My problem is, every time I boot into either OS, I get a kernel panic or BSOD respectively.
The fact that it happens in 2 different operating systems makes me almost positive that it's a hardware problem. Unfortunately, I don't know very much about computer hardware, so I don't really know what to troubleshoot first, and I don't want to void the warranty by opening the case (I plan to take it to the Apple Store if nobody here can solve the problem).
Specifically, either operating system will crash about a minute into booting up. I don't think the problem can be too serious because everything graphically looks fine and all my files are intact. This leads me to think that maybe it's a RAM problem, and that it runs out of memory and crashes during bootup. [more inside]
posted by N2O1138
on Apr 30, 2009 -
How can I install Windows 7 (via Boot Camp or rEFIt) from an ISO?
I think the Superdrive on my Macbook Pro (10.5.6) is on its last legs, because it ejects almost anything I put in it. (Meaning blank DVDs, and the DVD I burned of the ISO on my Windows XP desktop with ImgBurn). It's not extremely old (I got it refurbished on Christmas 2007), but still old enough to be out of warranty (at least I would think so).
What I have available:
1tb My Book Firewire External Hard Drive
4gb 1st gen iPod Nano, that isn't even formatted as an iPod right now, so it's basically just a 4gb USB flash drive. I know I can boot from it if it's set up right, because I've been using it with this [more inside]
posted by N2O1138
on Mar 17, 2009 -
I've got two Macbook Pros and a wireless router. Everything works great, except when I restart one of the MBPs in Bootcamp (XP, Service Pack 3), suddenly the wireless connection on both MBPs gets spotty -- off and on, off and on -- although a hard ethernet connection from the Bootcamped MBP works fine. Flummoxing. Any ideas?
posted by It ain't over yet
on Jan 26, 2009 -
I have an Intel iMac, and have partitioned off a Boot Camp drive that contains Windows XP. Is there any way to restart the computer into Windows without having to hold down the Alt key? [more inside]
posted by zardoz
on Dec 31, 2008 -
Cheapest way to get my mac up running either xp or vista? Shelling out over $100 for windows just seems a little ridiculous. [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky
on Dec 29, 2008 -
We can't boot into Windows XP, except in VGA mode, without the screen going black after the Windows XP "loading bar screen"; we can still hear everything, though. This is on an Intel iMac running Boot Camp, and the Mac side (Leopard) works fine, which leads me to believe this isn't a problem with hardware. [more inside]
posted by mdonley
on Aug 21, 2008 -
MacPro for a Windows User
: Please help me plan my new MacPro that can ease me from my Windowsean ways and meet my eccentric needs about dual-booting and hardware disk mirroring. [more inside]
posted by hincandenza
on Mar 17, 2008 -
Has anyone tried installing Windows Vista in BootCamp (On a Mac) using an upgrade disk? I've installed Vista perfectly using this
guide on a computer I built myself, but I want to do it on a new Mac. [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani
on Dec 18, 2007 -
How well does Vista run on a Macbook Pro (or Regular Macbook)? How do the windows functions (like right-click, etc.) work? Are there things that won't work or will be different that may annoy me while running Vista on Apple hardware? Also, can I default it to boot into Vista and NOT in OS X?
I'm talking about bootcamp and not parallels or fusion. [more inside]
posted by adi
on Nov 4, 2007 -
Can I use the Windows XP SP1 CD that came with my Dell PC two years ago to install Windows on my MacBook using BootCamp?
posted by frenchbenj
on Sep 18, 2006 -