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MacBook Pro - will 160gb and 2gb enough?

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Hi I want to purchase a Macbook pro. I want to use bootcamp to install vista (windows 7 later) I am wondering if the 160gb on the base model enough for both OS X and Windows. Should I upgrade to 250gb?

And is 2gb enough? anyone feel any slow down with 2gb on mac?

I consider myself a light user. Using it mostly for word processing, web browsing. Not planning to play any games.
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if your running 7 in Boot Camp and not VM with what you say you will be doing then 2GB ram will be plenty for both.

only you know how much HDD space you will need. if it were me i would order it with the standard and then do the very easy HDD upgrade myself with this WD 320GB 7200RPM drive.

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Answer in short; Yes, those specs are well more than sufficient. Long answer, give your BootCamp partition at least 40GB total. 2GB is a bit of a sweet-spot where everything hums along beautifully. Make sure you are using 64-bit Windows 7, even if your RAM is less. Also make sure to get the absolute latest BootCamp beta, as they put out some better x64 custom drivers for the prorpietary Apple bits in the MBP. Expect to see even better drivers once Windows 7 hits general availability (October 22nd) I would venture to guess. If you still need to get the Windows 7 Release Candidate, you can still do so for free until August 20th. You can get it from Microsoft on TechNet (over here: Windows 7 Release Candidate ). Otherwise you will have to have a TechNet Plus or MSDN subscription to get your hands on the RTM before it is released in October. There are notes on that over here: Windows 7 RTM – Go Get It - Windows 7 for Developers - The Windows Blog
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