Boot Camp

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ncfcstar, Sep 17, 2006.

  1. ncfcstar macrumors member

    Aug 25, 2006
    Near Ipswich, UK
    Hi was just wondering if anyone could help with this problem I have. I want to install Windows on my MacBook, as I need Office for Uni and don't want to fork out another £100. Unfortunately Boot Camp only seems to support Windows discs with SP2, but mine is SP1.

    Is it possible to install this, I don't want to partition my hard drive and then find that I can't run windows. Also it is the disc I got with my Dell PC, that doesn't matter does it?

    Any help would be greatfully appreciated, thanks!
  2. ChickenSwartz macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2006
    You have to have SP2.

    The disk that came with your Dell probably won't work.

    I think you are looking at buying a new copy of XP SP2.
  3. rtdgoldfish macrumors 6502a


    Jul 4, 2004
    Jacksonville, FL
    You might be able to find a friend with an XP disc with SP2 and use the serial number from your disc to install it. Not too sure if this will work but its worth a try.
  4. seanf macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2006
    Not a problem, you just need to create a Slipstream CD. You can use nLite to do this if you want a friendlier way.

    Sean :)
  5. skubish macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    If you have SP1 you can make a slipstreamed cd with SP2 on it.
    Here is the link.
    I have tried it and it works fine.

    Or you could also try Parallels to run Windows apps in OSX. I heard it works pretty good.
  6. Schroedinger macrumors regular


    Feb 12, 2004
    Baltimore, MD
    See if your school sells school licensed copies of XP. I bought an sp2 XP disc for $15 and it worked great for boot camp.
  7. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Please note that we have a whole forum dedicated to running Windows on Macs where these and other software questions are dealt with. This post is in the Mac Hardware basics forum.


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