Well, here I am, running Windows Vista RC1 on my MacBook. And I have to say it runs pretty well, too – I’ve even got Aero enabled and it’s barely making an impact on performance.
It’s running through Boot Camp – previous Vista builds have choked on this but RC1 works fine, and the install procedure is largely the same as it is for Windows XP through Boot Camp. One big difference, however, is that Vista does not take nearly as long to install – half an hour at most, compared to an hour for XP, though the speed improvements come at a cost of extra disk space and so you’ll need to create a partition that’s at least 15 GB in size. I went for 20 GB.
Getting the system up and running was no more difficult than it should have been, however I did hit problems installing the driver disc that you burn during the first stage of running Boot Camp. It gets so far and then freezes. Killing the setup.exe task did spring it into action and a number of bits and pieces did get installed (and therefore enabling sound and Bluetooth support), but I’m still without a functioning iSight camera. Everything else seems to work as it should, although there are still 4 devices in Device Manager with exclamation marks.
The OS itself certainly looks nice, especially with Aero enabled, although lots of things have been moved around so it’ll take me time to get used to it. Copying files between it and OS X may also prove interesting as you have to use the disk as NTFS, not FAT32, which means that OS X can read it but can’t write to it, and Vista doesn’t read HFS at all, or at least not without third-party software such as MacDrive.
But overall I’m pleased with how the installation went, and it means I have yet another thing to distract me from my dissertation, which I start in the coming weeks. Now I just need to get Office 2007 on here.