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The contest is now officially over

So it's official. A programmer named Blanka was able to get past all of the EFI issues and has provided a working solution to natively run Windows XP on an a Mac. The programmer can now claim the $13,854 prize thanks to his video of the installation and booting of Microsoft's ubiquitous OS on an Intel-based iMac. posted this on its site:

Contest has been won - updates to follow shortly. All further donations will go into an account to sustain the open source project that will be launched with the initial solution.

You can head on over to Engadget to see a 7.7MB video of Windows XP on a Mac.

For those of you unfamiliar with the contest, here were the rules for $13k prize:
  1. Instructions must boot Windows XP (at least), not Vista or any other version of Windows.
  2. Windows must be able to coexist with Mac OS X and each system may not interfere with the operation of the other (basically a traditional dual boot system where one OS is running at a time)
  3. Your method, upon starting the computer, must offer the user to boot either OS X or Windows XP (hint: GRUB / LILO)
Update 03/16/2006: OnMac has now posted the solution and have included a few mirrors to handle all of the traffic. Included is a bootloader and a "how to" guide in zip format.

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By nordicpc on 3/16/2006 9:53:14 AM , Rating: 0
How'd he do it? I read about it yesterday on a forum where the guy just posted an image and a video that I couldn't view. Still can't view the video above, btw.

By NFS4 on 3/16/2006 9:55:28 AM , Rating: 1
You need Quicktime or Quicktime Alternative

By nordicpc on 3/16/2006 10:24:12 AM , Rating: 2
I'm on a Mac.


By Deadalus on 3/16/2006 11:21:40 AM , Rating: 4
You're on a Mac and you can't view a quicktime video? Are you joking?

By nordicpc on 3/16/2006 12:14:48 PM , Rating: 2
I wish I was. All I get is the lovely Q in the middle of the window. Must be a Safari thing.

By Bull Dog on 3/16/2006 1:16:01 PM , Rating: 2
Just give it a few minutes to load

By Souka on 3/16/2006 5:48:56 PM , Rating: 2
I can't play the video either. I downloaded it, opened with Quicktime 6.5.2.

"Quicktime cannto play video because necessary componets are missing and components cannot be found on Quicktime website" well, message went something like that....

I'm on WinXP btw...

By Clauzii on 3/18/2006 12:28:25 AM , Rating: 2
Update your QT to 7.0+

By Clauzii on 3/18/2006 12:34:40 AM , Rating: 2
And deselect possible QT codecs in other installed codecpacks U might have.

By Rampage on 3/18/2006 5:09:43 PM , Rating: 2

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