Apple Announces Official Support for Installing Windows XP
April 5, 2006 9:52 AM
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Setting up a Windows XP drivers CD
Selectable startup disk
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.
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
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
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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RE: What about OSX on a PC?
4/5/2006 12:56:12 PM
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.
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