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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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RE: The Second Step on the Intel-brick road....
By creathir on 4/6/2006 10:24:29 AM , Rating: 3
Well engineered??? It is the SAME stuff as what is inside the Windows PCs now...
SAME chipsets...
SAME graphics cards...
I guess their layout of their motherboards are supperior?
- Creathir

By wallijonn on 4/6/2006 12:37:20 PM , Rating: 2
[quote] It is the SAME stuff as what is inside the Windows PCs now...
SAME chipsets...
SAME graphics cards...
I guess their layout of their motherboards are supperior? [/quote]

That could very well be the case. Remember when a lot of motherboards had bad caps? ("Popcorning") Apples could use higher quality parts, have superior board layouts, etc. (Although I would think that it was the Intel engineers who crafted their new MacTel mobos. That alone may guarantee longer board life.) As far as the "same graphics cards" go, we may have to wait and see. I feel that the one thing that kept Macs from getting more marketshare was the fact that there were very few games for Macs (and Mac-ATI boards usually cost a premium over their PC brethern.) I'd like to know if the new Intel-Macs use the same power supplies as the PCs (just in case you need more juice for that new vid card.)

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