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Macbook Pro - Dual Boot OS X and Windows Vista Ultimate via Bootcamp


  1/2/2009 10:53:53 AM

Macbook Pro - Dual Boot OS X and Windows Vista Ultimate via Bootcamp


Macbook Pro - Dual Boot OS X and Windows Vista Ultimate via Bootcamp

I use both Apple Mac OS X and Windows Vista Ultimate. Both are great operating systems. They each have their strong and weak points. And I can't say I have a favorite.

I have also dabbled with Linux and I think it - especially the Ubuntu flavor - is also a good system. But since Mac OS X is also Unix based I rarely find myself using Linux.

In one of my jobs I was fortunate to work with a CIO who was very forward thinking. Even though we were mainly a Microsoft shop - especially when it came to programming - he always enabled us to play with other companies' offerings. He didn't want to miss out on anything that might make our company better. And because of that attitude I became platform agnostic.

You may recall that when Apple announced that they were switching to intel chips a gentleman offered a reward to anyone who could get the new machines to dual boot Mac OS X and Windows. The achievement didn't take long. And soon after Apple decided to make it possible as their own offering and called it Bootcamp. They even created Window's drivers for their own built-in hardware.

I bought a new Macbook Pro shortly after Bootcamp arrived. It's important to remember that Apple has always declared that it's a hardware company first and a software company second. While Apple markets how much better OS X is than Windows they do so as a way to sell more computers. They give away their OS with the computer (although they do charge for OS upgrades). I doubt that Apple cares what OS people are running on their hardware as long as the hardware gets purchased.

Apple hardware is highly functional and has some of the best components. A lot of tests have revealed that Apple computers are some of the best at running windows vista!

Being able to boot into whatever operating system can do the job best just makes sense. And being able to do so only having to purchase a single machine makes even more sense.

Parallels has also come out with a great way to run Mac OS X and Windows Vista on the same machine. With parallels you have access to each OS without having to re-boot which is a great advantage. But parallels still doesn't use the graphic processor's full capabilities and for me that makes Bootcamp the better option.

So here are the specifications of the setup I'm currently using:

Machine: Apple Macbook Pro 15.4" widescreen
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 2.2GHz
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT 128MB
Memory: 4GB PC2-5300 667MHz
Hard-drive: 120GB 7200RPM
OS: Mac OS X 10.5 64bit
Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit

My Windows Vista experience index is: 5.1

I've added a how-to for using bootcamp with Windows Vista 64 here:
How-To: Use Boot Camp to Dual Boot Mac OS X and Windows Vista 64 bit

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