Window Worries

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by RollTide, Jul 6, 2006.

  1. RollTide macrumors 6502

    RollTide

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    I am going to order my first mac tomorrow (iMac). I have been a windows user forever, so thats no biggie, but I ordered the windows xp SP2 OEM version for the mac, and I was planning on using bootcamp. I heard that a few people ordered this, but I was chatting with a expert on apple.com and he said OEM versions will not work since it is attached to a certain PC.

    But! If it is a new version shouldn't it work?? Newegg has it listed at like 90 bucks so it was a good deal any help is appreciated thanks.
     
  2. balamw Moderator

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    As has been stated to death, if you have a NEW OEM license, you should be fine, though that license will be forever tied to your Mac. You can't transfer an exisiting OEM license to your new Mac.

    Boot Camp probably won't recognize the CD, but partition the drive and create the drives disc, boot the machine with the CD in the drive and hold down option, select the CD to boot from and do the install "manually".

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  3. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    OEM works - Boot Camp recognizes the disc fine too as its no different than the retail version.

    Please do RTFM before and during your install to save yourself any future pains. After installing disable all the unknown devices in Device Manager to prevent BSOD.
     
  4. RollTide thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the encouraging words, I don't know what RTFm, or BSOD is but I like to think i'm pretty tech savvy and that I will figure it out(I'll follow directions to a T) Any other helpful hints are deeply appreciated.

    thanks guys
     
  5. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    RTFM

    BSOD
     
  6. RollTide thread starter macrumors 6502

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    [QUOTE=kingjr3 RTFM

    BSOD

    Haha thanks for the slap. I just printed the instruction (17 pages, wow)
    My imac is suppose to ship on 13th arrive on 19th, long processing time huh?

    Thanks again guys
     
  7. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    It wasn't meant as a slap...Just a word of advice. Too many people are posting questions already answered in the install guide, so I figured you wouldn't want the embarassment ;)
     
  8. AVR2 macrumors 6502

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    Just to confirm, I successfully installed an OEM version of XP on my MBP 17 last night using BootCamp. Haven't really done anything with it yet, bar a few Skype video calls.
     
  9. RollTide thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks AVR, I will probably get windows monday or tuesday, but it will be a while before my imac gets here..... the wait
     

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