Here’s a simple how-to for installing Windows Vista Ultimate x64 on a Mac Pro.
- Get a Mac Pro. Mine is a 3 month old Quad core (2.66Ghz) Xeon with 4GB Ram and a number of SATA drives.
- Install bootcamp (I used beta 1.3) and burn the drivers CD
- Install Vista, I did mine to a spare SATA drive that was separate to the OS X drive.
- Install drivers (there’s a set-up.exe)
- Um, that’s it.
It just worked. Even my Mac bluetooth keyboard and nVidia 7300 GT running 2 widescreen Dell 24″ screens work faultlessly. Kudos to the Bootcamp writers.
/me now a Vista fanboy. It absolutely flies on the superb hardware of the Mac Pro but then it should I guess. I’ve not completely given up on Mac OS X, I at least now have the option to run it, but after three month it was still irritating me and most importantly I wasn’t as productive as I could have been.