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  1. #1

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    Feb 24, 2008
    Which Windows would you recommend?
    ok so i am giving in and have decided to buy Microsoft Windows XP to dual boot on my Macbook.

    i was wondering though,
    is Service Pack 3 recommended? i apologize because i know nothing of software especially windows,
    but im just curious because i have the option of buying Windows with service pack 2 or 3 and i would like to know if 3 is actually better.

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    RNDdave's Avatar
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    Sep 04, 2006
    London, UK
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    If there is no cost difference then def. go for the latest version. Of course SPs are free so if SP2 is cheaper then go for that.

  3. #3

    Member Since
    Feb 24, 2008
    EDIT: here is the link i am considering purchasing from

    ok another dumb question:

    is "Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP3 English for System Builders 1 Pack CD - OEM"

    the disc i am looking to buy to dual boot windows on my Macbook?

    the system builders part has thrown me off and im not even sure what OEM stands for.

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    Noels's Avatar
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    Mar 03, 2008
    Annapolis, MD
    Macbook, 2.2 GHz, 4GB RAM

    Not to worry - just means you become the "System Builder" if you install the software. And that software should remain on the system it's first installed on and is maintained by the installer. Just make sure you have BootCamp Assistant version 2.1 if you install a copy with SP3. Supposedly BCA version 2.0 won't load Windows with SP3...

    I used XP Builder's Pack (OEM) on my Macbook and it installs as if it were a retail version. BTW, OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer.


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    Member Since
    Feb 12, 2008
    Based on other posts I have read, you need to install an SP2 disc for Boot Camp, then upgrade to SP3 from there.


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    Dec 20, 2006
    Lake Mary, Florida
    15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD
    Quote Originally Posted by SammySlim View Post
    Based on other posts I have read, you need to install an SP2 disc for Boot Camp, then upgrade to SP3 from there.

    I don't believe so, but the official word from Apple is that SP2 is required, which is why I think a lot of people are under the impression that you have to start with SP2, install the most up to date Boot Camp drivers and then upgrade to SP3. In my experience this was not necessary.
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