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  • Are you blessed with a Macintosh to experience the brighter side of computing but are still trying to forget your Windows XP box?
  • Are you a Mac techie who wants to run some software which is released only to Windows XP systems and not yet entered the Mac world?
  • Are you wanting to fascinate your friends with showing your skills by doing a dual boot?
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Whatever your motive is, if you want to run a Windows XP system along with a Mac OS in a Macintosh computer, then the best possible option for you is Apple's Boot Camp.The Bootcamp lets you install Windows XP on a Macintosh system and do dual boot.

So if you want to install Windows XP on a Mac using bootcamp, then follow the below steps:

  1. Download latest version of Mac OSX(currently 10.5.5) and the firmaware updates from the Apple Site .
  2. Create a Macintosh drivers CD by running BootCamp Assistant.These drivers are very important.So check once again if the CD has been properly written.
  3. Create a hard-disk partition so that Windows can be installed on it.Make sure the partition has a size ideally 10GB.This will provide sufficient storage for windows to install the OS and some required software.
  4. Now insert your Windows XP setup CD and start the installation.When asked to select the hard disk partition select C drive.Format it using FAT.NTFS format is not readable by Mac and hence to access the Windows XP drive from Mac , you have to format as a FAT partition.
  5. Wait for the XP installation to get on.Once the XP installation is complete, your system will be restarted by BootCamp in Windows XP automatically.
  6. Now take the Macintosh Drivers CD created in step 2 and install the Mac drivers.The drivers are extremely essential for your hardware to function properly.
That is all you have to do to get Windows installed on your Mac.The next time you boot you will be booted by default into windows.To boot into Mac press ALT key while booting up.

4 comments

  1. Ronald  

    October 20, 2008 at 3:30 AM

    Very informative, I'm an IT, it's great for me.

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  3. Optimize startup  

    September 7, 2009 at 8:19 AM

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  4. Brians video  

    February 19, 2010 at 8:21 AM

    Thanks for sharing this good information. I will use the tips given when I switch over to my mac soon.

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