Home > Apple > Apple Quietly Intros 64-Bit Windows Support in Boot Camp Apple Quietly Intros 64-Bit Windows Support in Boot Camp Thom Holwerda 2008-01-21 Apple 11 Comments Apple has added support for 64bit versions of Windows Vista to Boot Camp. “Apple has started quietly shipping 64-bit Windows Vista drivers (for Boot Camp) with the install disks of the latest Mac Pros which were just released earlier this month.” About The Author Thom Holwerda Follow me on Twitter @thomholwerda 11 Comments 2008-01-21 6:48 pm parentaladvisory I dont own a MBP or a copy of 64-bit Windows, but for those who do, this sounds pretty nice Wonder why they did it “quietly”? 2008-01-21 6:58 pm Almafeta Apple has been having trouble delivering good drivers. They probably didn’t want to draw too much attention just yet. 2008-01-21 8:14 pm Adurbe the reason they did it quietly is because its not headline grabbing vista 64 isnt THAT widespread 2008-01-21 11:15 pm ameasures the reason they did it quietly is because its not headline grabbing vista 64 isnt THAT widespread On the other hand if I have to run Vista64 then a MacPro with oodles of RAM would be my first choice. 2008-01-22 3:40 am bornagainenguin Wonder why they did it “quietly”? Because despite the fact as geeks we see the ability to run the 64-bit version of an alternate OS on Apple hardware, their corporate culture sees it as a net loss and a drain on the OS X user base. I suppose if your biggest selling point is integration the last thing you’d want to do is hype up the ability to disrupt that. And in fact there is probably some truth to that way of looking at things for them, but I’d still say the ability to install Windows in bootcamp and run it along side of OS X has probably opened many more doors for them than it has closed. At least that’d be my guess… –bornagainpenguin 2008-01-22 6:08 am siraf72 exacly, Running Vista64 removes a barrier for many windows users considering the mac. Still, it doesn’t mean they want to encourage users to run Vista on Macs. 2008-01-21 7:41 pm Earl Colby pottinger On the other-hand Apple’s limits on it’s range of hardware means that they are able to write 64-bit drivers for all of hardware that they sell/support. Edited 2008-01-21 19:42 UTC 2008-01-22 4:40 am Different The irony mayb the best way to run Vista 64 bit is on an Apple hardware ! 2008-01-22 4:49 am Different You can also run the older XP OS thru a terminal server such as ThinServer XP without installing xp on your local Mac. This has the advantage of sharing to multiple Mac and easier management http://www.aikotech.com/thinserver.htm 2008-01-22 11:18 am Ford Prefect OSNews staff, please ban this enerving advertiser! 2008-01-22 3:12 pm Dark_Knight If you really need to run Windows but you’re currently using a Mac then either purchase Codeweavers CrossOver Office to run your Windows applications or install your preferred Windows OS on VMware Fusion using virtualization. At least with the latter the user can move files between Windows and OS X, unlike Boot Camp. You can also still play your games which aren’t ported to OS X at this time but are for Windows.