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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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What about OSX on a PC?
By CBone on 4/5/2006 11:46:15 AM , Rating: 1
I'd be more interested in dual-boot OSX/XP on my current PC. If MS could ever get an OS to the point where I can install dual/multi-core CPUs or different chipsets without having to reinstall XP, people would be interested.

Picture it, transition from AMD to Intel, "new hardware detected... installing drivers... Welcome to Windows". Too bad it won't happen.

RE: What about OSX on a PC?
By Wonga on 4/5/2006 12:56:12 PM , Rating: 2
Windows 2000/XP WILL let you move to a dual core CPU without a reinstall - it picks up the second CPU, installs the driver and wants a reboot, easy as that.

Regarding different chipsets - a lot of the time that will work as well, as long as the HAL layer is the same (off the top of my head). The only reason people don't do that all the time is because it supposedly has a detrimental effect on performance.

Anyway, if I ever do overhaul my PC and upgrade the motherboard and everything else, I'd personally choose to reinstall Windows, since a clean install is always going to be quicker over a 4 year old multiple-utilities-installed set up.

RE: What about OSX on a PC?
By TomZ on 4/5/2006 2:49:33 PM , Rating: 2
You don't need to reinstall XP if you change the chipset. I recently moved a hard drive from a dual-processor AMD system into a completely different single-processor Intel system and it worked fine.

The WinXP installation took a couple minutes to load up the new drivers. The only issue was the old system used ATI drivers, and I had to manually uninstall the ATI control panel software before the system would recognize the new video hardware and install drivers for that.

Pretty much the case you described!

RE: What about OSX on a PC?
By rrsurfer1 on 4/5/2006 4:06:48 PM , Rating: 2
I recently upgraded a PC with a new MB and CPU (Intel Cel to AMD Semp) and had the opposite experience... got a blue screen on start-up. It probably depends on the switch.

RE: What about OSX on a PC?
By johnsonx on 4/5/2006 5:06:16 PM , Rating: 2
It just depends on exactly what is different between the two mainboards and whether Windows can deal with it. Sometimes it works fine, sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes it seems to work, but then Windows runs a little 'weird'. I had some in the past that worked fine, but then blew up later when SP2 was applied (indeed, the ONLY trouble I've ever had with SP2 was on machines that'd previously had a motherboard change).

Usually a simple Repair install of Windows XP will fix it, but I've run into one or two that required a New install of XP.

One change that seems to ALWAYS fail is if you're going from non-APIC to APIC (or vice versa). A Repair install of XP is always needed in this case.

Another note (yes, I realize this whole bit is a bit off the topic), if your system has SP2 on it, then you'll want to do your Repair re-install with an SP2 disk; slipstream it and burn it yourself if you have to.

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