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Can I have a Windows operating system on my iBook?

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The Escapist Calculating status...
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Jan 14, 2006 3:14 PM
I love the iPod and have been converted to the sleek, stylish and minimalistic Apple 'brand'. I'm thinking of getting an iBook (or PowerBook. I don't know the difference between the two). There's only one problem. Windows. I'm familiar with it, I like it and I'm not prepared under ANY circumstances to give it up. So, here's my question:

Can I have a Windows XP/Vista operating system on my iBook? It's the applications that I really want: Internet Explorer, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Windows Media Player, My Computer, My Documents, MSN, Windows Media Centre, EVERYTHING. Can this be done?
  • Marco Meneses 11 Calculating status...
    Wow.
    ibook G4 14, Mac OS X (10.4.4), 1.25GB RAM, U2 iPod
  • Maxit Calculating status...
    Windows operating systems will not work on an iBook, however you may not miss that. You can run IE (if you want to), Microsoft Office for Mac (which has Word, etc), & Windows Media Player. See this site for more information about "Switching:"

    http://www.apple.com/switch/
    PB 1.67 mhz, 1.5 RAM, 80GB, Mac OS X (10.4.4), iBook 600mhz, 640RAM, 60GB, 10.3.9; 250GB LaCie FW
  • Lyssa Level 6 Level 6 (14,780 points)
    If you want to spend several hundred dollars, you can purchase Virtual PC for your Mac (along with a copy of the Windows software).

    In my opinion, doing that is only profitable if you have software that will NOT work on a Mac.

    You can get most software (Microsoft Office, Windows Media Player, and internet browsers).

    I recommend trying out the OS X software--it really IS awesome--if possible.
    iBook G4 1.07 GHz; Extra 256MB RAM;3G iPod 15 GB He who has promised is faithful, Mac OS X (10.3.9)
  • Zebulon Sola Level 3 Level 3 (560 points)
    Hello The Escapist.

    I'm not entirely sure, but I think that the new MacBook Pro's can run Windows if you wait untill the end of the year and purchase Windows Vista. Here's a link to the site that explains it: http://www.betanews.com/article/XPWont_Run_on_Intel_MacBookiMac/1137003330

    - Zeb
    12 In. iBook G4 (1.2 ghz), Mac OS X (10.4.3), 512MB RAM
  • iSMH Calculating status...
    If you want Windows so much, stick with a PC

    OS X is very capable, but it is different. It will take some learning, but it's way better.

    iSMH
    1.33Ghz/2GB RAM Powerbook & 1Ghz/1GB RAM Titanium Powerbook G4 (both 15 inch), Mac OS X (10.4.4), DP2.0Ghz/1.5GB G5, Two 20" ACDs, 1.42Ghz/512MB Mac Mini, B&W G3, 3 gen 40GB iPod
  • Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
    Well, you could purchase and install Virtual PC for Mac and run it full screen.
    iBook G4 14" 1.42 GHz [512M-60 GB], iMac G5 20 1.8 GHz [2 GB-160 GB], Mac OS X (10.4.4), iBook 466 SE Graphite [DVD-576M-40 GB-AirPort],iMac G4 700 MHz [768 MB], iMac G3
  • John Blayne Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)
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    Jan 17, 2006 11:55 AM (in response to Duane)
    Virtual PC is NOT the solution to the OP's question. He said he likes the look of the ibook but wants to continue to use his Windose apps. VPC would be a grave disappointment. VPC is OK for running a windose app that is not processor intensive but it is a real slug if you want to run anything dealing with video or audio. Definitely try VPC before you buy it, and do not expect to operate from VPC in any kind of routine day to day computing environment.
    G4 ibook, Mac OS X (10.3.9), blond cat
  • iSMH Level 5 Level 5 (4,310 points)
    John -

    I agree. The OP can either learn OS X, and leave Windows behind, or get a slick PC laptop.

    To the OP - what kind of things do you need out of a computer?

    iSMH
    1.33Ghz/2GB RAM Powerbook & 1Ghz/1GB RAM Titanium Powerbook G4 (both 15 inch), Mac OS X (10.4.4), DP2.0Ghz/1.5GB G5, Two 20" ACDs, 1.42Ghz/512MB Mac Mini, B&W G3, 3 gen 40GB iPod
  • marty charette Calculating status...
    I have a friend who is a real computer nerd. It is so embarassing, but he says it is possible, but you need to know all of the "computer lingo", he attempted to try it, but he said it would take a lot of work to do.
    iBook G4, Mac OS X (10.4.4), 1GB, iSight, iPod Nano
  • iSMH Level 5 Level 5 (4,310 points)
    Windows requires x86 technology, and Macs (sans the MacBook Pro and new iMacs) have PPC inside - you can emulate it, slowly, with VPC, but as far as direct running, I believe it is impossible, no matter how much lingo you have.

    iSMH
    1.33Ghz/2GB RAM Powerbook & 1Ghz/1GB RAM Titanium Powerbook G4 (both 15 inch), Mac OS X (10.4.4), DP2.0Ghz/1.5GB G5, Two 20" ACDs, 1.42Ghz/512MB Mac Mini, B&W G3, 3 gen 40GB iPod
  • Byron B Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    my question back to you is WHY????
    Would you buy a iBook and want Microsoft OS?
    iBook G4, Mac OS X (10.4.2)
  • Scott Micciche Level 1 Level 1 (130 points)
    At first I thought you were joking, but now I see you're serious...

    1. Get a cheap dell or ooooh, a Viao!
    2. You are not worthy to have an iBook if you're even considering a patchy, bloody, virussy O/S like one from Micro$oft
    3. I was really hoping you were joking...
    4. My Computer and My Documents are NOT applications, they are wanna-be pointers to some folder under c:\Documents and Settings

    I am really in shock right now ... not to be rude, but there HAS to be a peecee discussion group where you can ask about Dell, Gateway, Sony, etc peecee laptops...

    Gosh .....

    Power Mac G5 Dual 2Ghz Mac OS X (10.4.4) 2.5 Gig, Rad 9800 Pro 256M

    Power Mac G5 Dual 2Ghz   Mac OS X (10.4.4)   2.5 Gig, Rad 9800 Pro 256M
  • Johnathan Burger Level 6 Level 6 (14,455 points)
    First-the iBook is the consumer level laptop, the powerbook is considered more for professional use. I personally would go with a Macbook pro in a few months(look up the specs).

    Secondly-no, XP will not run on Mac hardware. Vista will not work on the current generation of PPC hardware. Vista, if it actually ever gets released, may work on the newer intel based Macs.

    My suggestions are-ditch IE on any computer. It is a gaping security hole in windows. Use opera, firefox or any other browser but IE.
    Office is available for Macs. Windows media player is no longer supported by microsoft for Mac. Use VLC or Flip4mac plugin for Quicktime.
    My computer and my documents are not programs. MSN is not a program.
    Windows media centre?!?! You would be the only one who likes it-never heard anything good about it.

    If you look around the web-can find instructions and programs that allow(tho' only god know why) you to make OS X look exactly like XP.
    17 iMac 1.8ghz 1.5mb 12 iBook 1.2ghz 512mb 5th gen iPod, Mac OS X (10.4.3)
  • Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
    Just to pick a nit... The Escapist did not indicate that the applications had to have the same performance as running it on PC hardware. The Escapist said:

    ...I'm not prepared under ANY circumstances to give it up...


    The applications indicated by The Escapist would operate in Virtual PC. Performance wouldn't be as good but they would operate.
    iBook G4 14" 1.42 GHz [512M-60 GB], iMac G5 20 1.8 GHz [2 GB-160 GB], Mac OS X (10.4.4), iBook 466 SE Graphite [DVD-576M-40 GB-AirPort],iMac G4 700 MHz [768 MB], iMac G3
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