Read/Write Access: You have read-only
access to the Bootcamp partition from within OS X and vice versa.
So if your samples are on the OS X partition you should be able to
access them from within Windows right out of the box. But you
can't change them there. Having said that there are third-party
tools that enable also write access. Instead of buying and
installing such tools I have a FAT-formatted SD card in my Mac Mini that
serves as a two-way file exchange disk. A NAS would be another
Windows 32 bit or 64 bit: Since there are some
things that don't work properly in Scope for Win 64-bit, yet, I'd
suggest to install Win 32-bit (that is, if you can't live without the
things that don't work). Keep this in mind when you buy a Mac Mini
(or any other Mac), since the newer ones only allow to install the
64-bit versions of Windows (see the fore-mentioned link).
Windows License: Buy a Windows license
that is valid for both 32-bit and 64-bit. I bought a license key for
Win7 Professional at eBay and downloaded an ISO image for the
Extra I/O Ports: Check your needs before
buying the Mac Mini. Do you need USB3? Do you want to attach a
second display? Current Mac Mini models only have one Thunderbolt
port that is needed for the XITE-1. I don't know if it's possible to
connect the XITE-1 and a second display to the same Thunderbolt port.
Well, I think it is possible somehow with an external Thunderbolt dock,
but I don't know if it's a good idea. Maybe someone else can shed
some light on this. Let's see if the new models will come with two
Thunderbolt ports. You can also get an external graphic card for
USB3 to connect a second display. Don't know if this also works
ExpressCard Adaptor: To connect the
XITE-1 via Thunderbolt to the Mac, you'll need the Sonnet Thunderbolt
Disconnect External Drives: Before
installing Windows, disconnect all external drives. If I recall
correctly I had an external drive connected when I installed it and thus
the reboot failed. Windows likes to be rebooted as you may know.
Select the correct language: Do
installation time. This is not only the language used for the
Windows installation but also the language for the Windows GUI later on. I did the mistake to think it's just the installation language so I
ended up with a German version, although I prefer an English GUI. As far
as I know in Windows 7 Ultimate you can easily switch languages on the
fly though. It's a little bit more complicated in the Professional
After windows installation (and activation) turn off the
internet connection if you don't want it to be online. (I've also
assigned a static IP that I block in my internet router.)
Boot up Behavior: You can set up the
Bootcamp partition as default start volume in the OS X system settings.
To boot into OS X, press ALT immediately after turning on the computer
and select the OS X partition.