Can i put win xp on macbook from old laptop?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by mazzy150, Jul 19, 2006.

  1. mazzy150 macrumors newbie

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    Hi,
    Do you think i would be able to put windows xp on a macbook from an old laptop?Also how do you choose which OS to boot into? :confused:

    Thanks.

    Mazzy

    P.S
    i have just moved from pc which i have used all my life.
     
  2. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Congrats on switching.

    You might be able to use XP from an old laptop.

    Two potential issues:

    1. Some laptops come with "system restore CDs" that will only restore Windows to the laptop that the CDs came with. As long as you have a real Windows XP install CD, that shouldn't be an issue.

    2. If you're going to use Apple's free Boot Camp utility (which lets you choose which OS you want to boot into when you start the computer) to run XP on your MacBook, the Windows XP install CD you use needs to have Service Pack 2 included.

    If your laptop is old, the XP CD probably won't have Service Pack 2. If you have access to a Windows computer (and a CD writer), there are instructions that you can follow to burn your own XP SP 2 install CD.
     
  3. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    1) Depends on whether the OS is OEM or not. If it's not, you can transfer the license.
    2) Hold down the Option key at boot up.
    3) Don't mess with Vista, it sucks.
     
  4. mazzy150 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    xp

    it is xp service pack 2,i can use one from a dell desktop,or two different ones from two toshiba laptops.I am going to check that they are full xp discs not just restore discs.also the one from the dell if proffesional.

    Mazzy
     
  5. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    Doesn't really matter between Home and Professional. If they are store bought (as in purchased separately from the computer, they are not OEM, which means you can transfer the license. Otherwise, you would not get past activation, and after 30 days, you would be unable to boot into windows.)

    At best, I would recommend either waiting for CrossOver_Mac, or install a full, non-OEM version of Windows XP SP2.
     
  6. mazzy150 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    would you be able to uninstall windows and regain the partion for mac osx
     

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