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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Good and NECESSARY move by Apple
4/6/2006 5:24:42 PM
I'm not sure why so many Mac-geeks (not a dirogatory term, my good friend is a Sen. Eng. there) don't understand why people would want Windows. There are many reasons. For me personally, I NEED to run Windows because I have a number of Windows-only software programs, including work-related programs and intense games. But another reason is that even though I'm ready to switch to a Mac, my wife isn't--and this way we could both be happy.
I'm gonna wait for the jury to come in, but if the performance in dual-boot is what it could be, then I'll probably be getting a new powerMac instead of a high-end gaming rig this summer--or at least I hope the Macs come out by then!
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