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So its possible to dualboot vista with osx on a macbook right? Anybody here run a dual boot?
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The macbook has to have an intel chip. The older versions dont.
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you can run vista with bootcamp so it's possible

but i'm not very familiar with how apple handles the whole "other OS" thing

any macbook owners here?
    
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You can run windows on any Intel Mac that's running OSX 10.4 "Tiger" or 10.5 "Leopard."

For Tiger, Bootcamp (the bootloader + BIOS emulator) will have to be downloaded. I'm actually not even sure it's available for download anymore, since the Tiger version was only a "beta."

For Leopard, Bootcamp is built in.

All you have to do is use the Bootcamp utility to:

1. Shrink the OSX partition to make room for the windows partition (windows can't be installed on a USB HDD, or at least XP can't).
2. Get a blank CD, insert when prompted. This will make a driver CD so that your Mac hardware will work flawlessly with windows.
3. It'll tell you to pop in your windows disk and reboot.
4. Go about the windows installation just as you would on any regular PC.
5. After you have a functional desktop, pop in the driver disk and let it do its thing.
6. Enjoy.

Notes:

a. You must (at least last time I checked) still have an OSX install on the HDD.
b. Windows cannot be installed on an external HDD (least not the last time I checked, since XP doesn't support USB boot).
c. All versions of windows MUST be 32-bit (EXCEPTION: Bootcamp on a MacPro, the desktop tower Macintosh.)
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by The Hundred Gunner View Post
You can run windows on any Intel Mac that's running OSX 10.4 "Tiger" or 10.5 "Leopard."

For Tiger, Bootcamp (the bootloader + BIOS emulator) will have to be downloaded. I'm actually not even sure it's available for download anymore, since the Tiger version was only a "beta."

For Leopard, Bootcamp is built in.

All you have to do is use the Bootcamp utility to:

1. Shrink the OSX partition to make room for the windows partition (windows can't be installed on a USB HDD, or at least XP can't).
2. Get a blank CD, insert when prompted. This will make a driver CD so that your Mac hardware will work flawlessly with windows.
3. It'll tell you to pop in your windows disk and reboot.
4. Go about the windows installation just as you would on any regular PC.
5. After you have a functional desktop, pop in the driver disk and let it do its thing.
6. Enjoy.

Notes:

a. You must (at least last time I checked) still have an OSX install on the HDD.
b. Windows cannot be installed on an external HDD (least not the last time I checked, since XP doesn't support USB boot).
c. All versions of windows MUST be 32-bit (EXCEPTION: Bootcamp on a MacPro, the desktop tower Macintosh.)
So if I get a macbook pro I can instal vista 64bit?
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Inarguably the best part of this is that since you're running on limited hardware in the first place, OSX creates a perfect driver disk for you after you've installed the second OS. It's quite retardedly easy.
    
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So if I get a macbook pro I can instal vista 64bit?
Nope.

Only the Mac Pro.
http://www.overclock.net/intel-gener...s-benches.html


And setting up Vista through bootcamp is idiot proof. Just follow the instructions once you start bootcamp and it will be fine.
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Nope.

Only the Mac Pro.
http://www.overclock.net/intel-gener...s-benches.html


And setting up Vista through bootcamp is idiot proof. Just follow the instructions once you start bootcamp and it will be fine.
Ok, thanks guys. Just one more question, does the macbook pro come with an OSX install DVD in case I ever need to reinstall?
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Originally Posted by Mr. Mumbles View Post
Ok, thanks guys. Just one more question, does the macbook pro come with an OSX install DVD in case I ever need to reinstall?
Yeah it comes with a DVD.

I don't think you will need to reinstall though.
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You can run 64 bit on the Macbook Pros, but not everything is will work as Apple doesn't have 64bit drivers out yet.
Unless that changed.
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