Internet connection required for Boot Camp?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by zen, Mar 16, 2007.

  1. zen macrumors 65816

    zen

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    I'm about to install XP under Boot Camp on a C2D Macbook, but I was wondering whether I need to have an internet connection? I don't have any Windows anti-virus software, and I don't need to use the internet in Windows at all, as I'm just installing it to play a few games.

    I assume the Mac drivers CD install everything that is required and no updates or anything need to be downloaded.

    Also, my Mac connects to cable internet wireless via an Airport Express (plugged into a cable modem). To stop Windows accessing the internet and getting fried with viruses from the start, when I install Boot Camp/Windows should I turn the Airport Express off, so Windows doesn't try and set up a wireless network immediately?

    I don't know much about Windows security (being a life-long Mac user), but I've heard that the mere act of just connecting to the internet exposes Windows to viruses, spyware, etc, without the user doing anything like web browsing or downloading.
     
  2. oligore macrumors member

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    The only thing that needs to be downloaded is the bootcamp installer but you might be able to get that if you go to an apple store and see if they can copy it to ur mac. If they're nice:D
     
  3. zen thread starter macrumors 65816

    zen

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    That's not quite what I was asking. I have an internet connection, and I've downloaded Bootcamp.

    I'm asking whether Windows needs an internet connection for anything after I've installed it, and whether Windows will automatically try and establish a connection via wireless if I leave my Airport Express turned on.

    As I don't have any anti-virus software for Windows, I want to keep Windows off the internet entirely.
     
  4. oligore macrumors member

    oligore

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    Sorry for the miss understanding. You might want to use the internet to update windows when you first get it but you won't need it besides that. It don't know if it will connect to a wireless network but if you don't go on any websites or use any email, viruses shouldn't infect your computer because they wouldn't know it exists.
     

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