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Setting up a Windows XP drivers CD

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Intel-Macs owners now have an official second OS option

Ever since the release of Apple's Intel-based Macs, the user community has been attempting to find ways to install Windows XP on their Macs. Because of issues regarding how Apple has designed its new computers, initial attempts at installing Windows XP were met with frustration. While a method has now been devised to install Windows, most users are staying away due to the complexity of the method and the risks involved. Lack of proper drivers is also a factor.

Today however, Apple has released what it calls Boot Camp Beta, a download for current Intel-Mac owners that allows them to install Windows XP without hacking their Windows XP installation CD. Apple says that in its next major release of OS X, called Leopard, Boot Camp will be fully integrated. For now, users can download the 85MB Boot Camp Beta directly from Apple's website.

Boot Camp lets you install Windows XP without moving your Mac data, though you will need to bring your own copy to the table, as Apple Computer does not sell or support Microsoft Windows. Boot Camp will burn a CD of all the required drivers for Windows so you don't have to scrounge around the Internet looking for them.

Apple's Boot Camp will also provide users with officially working drivers to get their Windows XP up and running. Thanks Orochi for the head's up!

The official Apple guide is available here (PDF).

Update: We have confirmed that this does work however, those who choose to go into domain login mode in Windows XP, beware: the MacBook Pro does not have a "delete" key. The DELETE key on the MacBook Pro is actually Backspace. Since Windows XP requires that you press CTRL + ALT + DEL in order to login in domain mode, this won't be possible unless you attach an external USB keyboard with a real Delete key or disable secure domain login mode (turns off the CTRL ALT DEL request) before restarting Windows XP to apply domain login mode.


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dual boot? i don't know about that...
By Fenixgoon on 4/5/2006 10:46:45 AM , Rating: 2
how many people (AVERAGE consumers) will want to dual boot? most of us probably have 50 different linux distros plus XP :D




Apple's Future
By Middleman on 4/5/06, Rating: 0
By peternelson on 4/5/2006 11:23:56 AM , Rating: 2
Will apple provide equal support to people wanting to dualboot OSX with OTHER operating systems eg Suse Linux?

Maybe this Apple easy-XP thing is a change to the bios to allow easier booting? If so, those changes might make it possible/easier to substitute Linux for XP in this development.

In any case I won't be buying any Apple Intels until they have a 64 bit processor in them.


RE: dual boot? i don't know about that...
By Xenoterranos on 4/5/2006 12:41:08 PM , Rating: 2
All modern cpu's use RISC internally, just with x86 instructions kindof 'layered' on top...But I understand your argument. This is no longer a unique computing platform. It's just another pc. What really differentiates Apple's PC's is Mac OS X, which is why we'll probably never see a general version of the OS for sale.
Then again, given all this news, apple may be trying to expand all the way, encompasing PC, software, and maybe even server sales eventually. Could we one day see a Dell and MS competitor all rolled into one spiffy cupertino package? Who knows. After apple switched to Intel cpu's, all the old logic went out the window.


By aGreenAgent on 4/5/2006 2:22:30 PM , Rating: 2
Are you sure they use RISC internally? I know AMD does that, but I thought Intels were CISC internally.


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