As it turned out, I had screwed up my Mac by trying to install a version of Windows that could not “see” the newly created Boot Camp partition. Thus, my retail boxed copy of XP was pretty much useless; I would need an XP Service Pack 2 disc.
Fortunately, I had one handy that I “borrowed” from one of my previous employers *evil grin* Sadly, it would not accept the retail license key I had, so I had to punt and install Vista instead.
My previous experiences with Vista were less than pleasant, but then again I was installing it on a two-year old machine. Vista just was not happy running on my Gateway’s single-core CPU and 1GB of RAM. Even after I bumped up the machine’s RAM to 2GB it plodded along, and I could hear the hard drive constantly crunching away while I computed.
I hoped that running it on more capable hardware would provide a better experience. I figured it should be happy running on a 2.66Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo with 4GB of RAM. Sure enough, everything went well except for having to sit for about two hours downloading and installing various updates.
I wonder if at some point does it just become cheaper to mail everyone update CDs? Bandwidth ain’t cheap!
Anyways, once the updates were done and the Mac drivers (and the anti-virus…sigh) were installed, Vista ran like a dream. After I got Vista up and running, it was really late, so I couldn’t do much else. Next, I will transfer my PC files over from the Gateway’s old hard drive onto the Mac.
That’s when things should get really interesting!