Windows XP Booting on Mac Contest Over

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    MacRumors

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    The contest to boot Windows XP on the Mac is over. The winners will receive $13,854:

    The instructions to the contest stipulated the following conditions:

    - Boot Windows XP on the Intel Mac
    - Windows must coexist with Mac OS X and may not interfere with the operation of the other
    - Upon starting the computer, the user must be offered a choice of which OS to boot

    A photo of the OS selection screen was posted in this forum thread. Upon booting the Mac, an Apple logo appears on a grey screen. Pressing the down arrow key at this time brings you to a Windows logo on the same grey background. Hitting enter lets you proceed to boot the selected Operating System.

    According to this post the final solution will work on the 17" iMac, 20" iMac, Mac mini and MacBook Pro. The full solution should be posted shortly and appears it will include downloadable bootloader.
     
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    Well then

    Well, I guess he can use the money to buy lots of windows software for his Mac.
     
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    Is this a bad thing for Microsoft or Apple? I can't imagine since Microsoft doesn't sell computers and if Windows ran smoothly on a Mac, I'm sure Apple would sell more hardware.

    Fishes,
    narco.
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    could be a problem for the Mac OS. Who would develop for OSX if users can just use Windows on the same machine?


    I understand that only a small minority of computer users will actually do this but it's still a concern for Apple.
     
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    IJ Reilly

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    It's gonna need some video drivers to make it perform.
     
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    Time to see if my Windows XP Disc is still in the Garbage Disposal ;)
     
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    Congrats to the winner! Didn't know dual-boot was required but that's pretty cool. A good geat way way way beyond my skills! I can hardly install XP on a made for XP PC. But I blame that on Windows.
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    I don't want to see developers drop OS X. But since Adobe is being a PITA at least I can run PSCS on my MacBook Pro for now (or at least hoping to).

    Who removed my second post, ARGH!?
     
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    Wow, that was fast. I hope the end of software being written for Power PC Mac's doesn't happen at a similar pace now.
    :(
     
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    I'd be interested in using OS X on a Sony Vaio- is anyone working on that angle?
     
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    Woooooooo!!!!!!!!!


    yessss bing it on!!!!!!


    XP on a mac


    makes me crave that future Powermac.... mmmm
     
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    echeck

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    Dual boot? Meh...

    I want to be able to run it within OS X. With the new Intel Macs I'm assuming the next version of Virtual PC will run at native speeds.

    That's what I want. :)

    But regardless, kudos to these folks. :)
     
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    I only view this as a negative thing.

    I don't believe that this will bring a significant amount of market share to Apple, unless Apple starts offering it as an option - very few people who want to run dual OS's are actually going hack around in their computer to do it.
     
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    I personally don't believe that this will really hurt Apple, or that developers will stop developing for OS X. They know OS X is superior for nearly everything besides gaming -- but now people can have that too.

    It's great no matter which way you look at it -- Apple will sell a ton of hardware because of this. Most users will play with OS X and get introduced to it now... only to find they really don't need XP :)
     
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    Funny, it took almost as long to get OS X on beige boxen as it did to get Windows on Apple boxen.

    Uhh, if the end user is savvy enough to know what 'dual boot' means I think they could handle it.
     
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    Kingsly

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    Yeeeeeee. wintel games, anyone? Wow, what a day to get my MBP. I knew it was gonna be close, but on the same day??!!
     
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    Ja Di ksw

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    I don't think there's a reason to worry about people dropping developing for OS X. I don't think many (any?) people were running macs *solely* for the hardware, wishing and hoping that they could run Windows instead, if only the hardware was made by Apple (yes, there are people who want Windows on Apple computers along with OS X, or OS X on non-Apple PC's, but those are different groups and do not affect this logic). The number of people running OS X will not (significantly) decrease, if at all, and so the incentive to develop for OS X will not (significantly) decrease, if at all. The only possible side effect would be more of the people who were already using Windows buying Apple computers, but that doesn't affect how much money developers can earn making programs for OS X.
     
  18. macrumors newbie

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    It's already possible... right?

    http://www.osx86project.org
     
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    It's possible on certain Intel chipsets, but it's illegal, whereas running XP on an intel mac is not.
     
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    Not that I really have any interest in using windows, but if there's some software I'd have to run, this would be cool.

    VPC at native speeds would rock too. :)
     
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    LagunaSol

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    Heck yeah! Goodbye ugly PC on my desk, annoying KVM switch, and spaghetti pile of cables. Hello sleek, quiet new iMac that will run any major software on the planet!

    Or MacBook Pro....hmmm, decisions decisions...
     
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    why would anyone buy a mac if they intended to use windows to run applications? this whole theory that software development will cease to exist is ridiculous... apple exists because it has a superior OS, not because their hardware is superior to the windows world (and is alot more expensive!).

    point in case- why does anyone support Linux when Windows has been around for over a decade, running on the same hardware? or vice versa... nothing will change. The only thing that might receive less attention is games.. but with how weak it is to begin with, who the hell cares- they're going to run faster through XP regardless.
     
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    IJ Reilly

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    The difficulty of this installation hasn't been ascertained yet, but the question is certainly being asked. If loading Windows on Mac hardware becomes a non-technical task, I can see it being offered as an insurance policy to potential Mac buyers, much as VPC is now.
     
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    .Andy

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    Mac OSX up there for thinking (working!)

    Windows XP down there for dancing (games!)*

    *as long as the performance doesn't suck and all the video drivers and other whatch-ma-callits are cool :cool:.

    Congrats to the winner. I can't believe people are out there smart enough to come up with this stuff.
     
  25. macrumors member

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    Pretty kol..
    but what about if a user is working on Mac Only based programs and want to tranfer stuff from Windows only files or something? Will people have the availability to run both OS' at the same time.. like have one account under windows and another under OSX ?
    Maybe that could be taken into consideration?
     

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