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da86 Level 1 Level 1

I would like to know what is better to instal windows 7 or XP?


MacBook Pro
Solved by Shootist007 on Mar 3, 2012 4:23 PM Solved

Ok. you need to go to the Parallels website and get there help file and or look through there knowledge base for instructions.

 

 

Basically when it ask what version of Windows Select Windows 7. Then click Next/OK/Continue

 

I suggest you allocate at least 40GBs as the Win 7b hard drive. You can always exapnd it and or created a second or third or forth virtual HDD if you need it.

Reply by steve359 on Mar 3, 2012 3:52 PM Helpful

XP is old, and will soon be not even recognized by MS.  Install requires possibly days of downloading security patches.

 

Lion does not load XP into BootCamp, but can load XP into a VM such as VM Fusion or Parallels or VirtualBox.

 

 

7 is new enough to be still supported for a few years.  7 installs with far fewer "security patches" than XP.

 

Lion will load 7.

 

And Windows 7 Pro has an XP mode.

Reply by Shootist007 on Mar 3, 2012 3:50 PM Helpful

Install where? In it's own partition  using Boot Camp or in a Virtual Machine on top of OS X?

 

You can only install Win 7 in a Boot Camp partition.

You can install any version of Windows in a Virtual Machine software program. I suggest XP for installing into a Virtual Machine as it uses less resources and all current programs still run on it.

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  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6

    Install where? In it's own partition  using Boot Camp or in a Virtual Machine on top of OS X?

     

    You can only install Win 7 in a Boot Camp partition.

    You can install any version of Windows in a Virtual Machine software program. I suggest XP for installing into a Virtual Machine as it uses less resources and all current programs still run on it.

  • shldr2thewheel Level 7 Level 7

    Shootist007 wrote:

     

    You can only install Win 7 in a Boot Camp partition.

     

    Assuming they are running 10.7 this is correct.  And is it better to install?  It depends on which version you prefer, what method you chose to run WIndows in, and what version of OS X you are running.

  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6

    XP is old, and will soon be not even recognized by MS.  Install requires possibly days of downloading security patches.

     

    Lion does not load XP into BootCamp, but can load XP into a VM such as VM Fusion or Parallels or VirtualBox.

     

     

    7 is new enough to be still supported for a few years.  7 installs with far fewer "security patches" than XP.

     

    Lion will load 7.

     

    And Windows 7 Pro has an XP mode.

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6

    Actually if you are running SL and updated it to the newest boot camp you can only install 7. At least that is the way it is on my system.

  • da86 Level 1 Level 1

    thank, but i didnt understand clearly. i have a MAC OS X.. i bought a DC to instal windows and now it's ask me to choos what kind of windows i want ...

  • shldr2thewheel Level 7 Level 7

    what version of OS X? 10.5, 10.6, 10.7?  Check by clicking >about this mac.

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6

    steve359 wrote:

     

    XP is old,

    You know you are right but it still has the largest install base and it still runs all software currently available.

     

    And it take one quarter the space of 7 and uses less then have of the resources. Kind of like SL to Lion.

     

    Yes XP is at the end of support from MS, 2014 I think. That would be 14 years of support. It still is one good operating system.

     

    7 will be supported until 2020+

  • da86 Level 1 Level 1

    thank you all...

  • da86 Level 1 Level 1

    i have 10.7.3

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6

    da86 wrote:

     

    thank, but i didnt understand clearly. i have a MAC OS X.. i bought a DC to instal windows and now it's ask me to choos what kind of windows i want ...

     

     

    Do as S2W suggests and look at About This Mac and get us the version of OS X you are running.

     

    Sorry I don't know what DC means. If you mean a Disc? A DVD disc? Where did you buy it?

     

    As it sounds like you bought something from eBay that is a Universal Install DVD and they are not ligitimate, legal, Microsoft discs. As MS does not sell Universal install DVDs in the retail marketplace.

  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6

    I did not say XP is useless, just old.

     

    My work project requires certain compatibilities.  One of those is "IE 7".  So we are no supposed to re-image the PCs with 7, even though corporate-wide is moving towards re-image with 7.

     

    But when my XP install failed, the local PC admin said that re-intstalling XP would be days of patching, while 7 was a single-image-install with few patches.

     

    Pick your poison, I guess.

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6

    da86 wrote:

     

    i have 10.7.3

    Ok now we need to know whether you want to install it in a Boot Camp partition or use a Virtual Machine software program.

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6

    steve359 wrote:

     

    I did not say XP is useless, just old.

     

    My work project requires certain compatibilities.  One of those is "IE 7".  So we are no supposed to re-image the PCs with 7, even though corporate-wide is moving towards re-image with 7.

     

    But when my XP install failed, the local PC admin said that re-intstalling XP would be days of patching, while 7 was a single-image-install with few patches.

     

    Pick your poison, I guess.

    Well not to get off topic but your company needs a new IT guy. You can slipstream all the updates into an install image and for that matter you can take one PC, updates it, create an image from it and use a universal install feature to image any PC with that updated image.

     

    Now back on topic.

  • da86 Level 1 Level 1

    ya a CD from B&H in NY.  "parallels"- desktop 7 for mac 

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