Windows XP Pro OS upgrade or full-version

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by rdhodge, Sep 3, 2006.

  1. rdhodge macrumors newbie

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    I was told by a lady working at the university software distribution center that if I needed to install Windows on my Mac that I could do so by only purchasing the Windows XP Pro upgrade and that I didn't need to buy and install the full-version of the OS (which they do not sell). Said something like, "you don't need the full-version, the upgrade will build upon the Mac OS that is already installed." However, BootCamp repeatedly instructs that you need the full-version Windows XP OS. I feel like this is too good to be true. Can someone clarify, before I unwrap my Windows XP Pro Upgrade and am not able to return it? thanks.
     
  2. tipdrill407 macrumors 6502

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    you'll need a full version, and also that lady is clearly an idiot.
     
  3. rdhodge thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. Xander562 macrumors 68000

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    hahahha my thoughts exactly, dont you hate it when a salesperson screws things up?
     
  5. Steve Jobless macrumors 6502

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    a slipstreamed disc is just as good as a windows disc, irght?
     
  6. balamw Moderator

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    You can definitely install from an upgrade disc, but you'll need the qualifying Windows 95/98/ME/2K media to present to the upgrade version's installer and you either need an external CD drive or to make a custom install CD. If you have a previous version of Windows and have transfer rights, you can transfer the license to your Mac. Otherwise, you are violating the EULA.

    SJ: Don't confuse slipstreaming (including service packs and hotfixes into XP install media) with anything else. While you can slipstream upgrade media, you'll still have upgrade media...

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  7. slinger1968 macrumors member

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    Have you actually tried this with bootcamp? It makes sense because under bootcamp's FAQ's it says...

    the work around is the 2nd CD drive or the custom install CD so the first disc doesn't have to be ejected.

    interesting
     
  8. balamw Moderator

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    Yes, my iMac has a Boot Camp install from my XP Home SP2 Upgrade CD, transferred from my last homebrew PC, which I have documented elsewhere in the forum. I went the custom CD route.

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  9. seanf macrumors 6502

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    Or if you only have the one position the drive so you can reach the front and then use a cocktail stick or something to poke the "release hole" - no idea what the proper name is!

    Sean :)
     
  10. balamw Moderator

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    I thought the slot loading drives of most recent Macs lack a "release hole" :confused:

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  11. slinger1968 macrumors member

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    Sorry I haven't been around here long enough to have read about someone installing from an upgrade disc.
     
  12. balamw Moderator

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    No worries. Here's the link if anyone is still looking for this info.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=192164

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  13. seanf macrumors 6502

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    I'm still waiting on my Mac Pro, so not able to confirm if they have the "release hole" (still not sure what the proper name for this is). However, as they are tray loading drives I assume they will have one. Otherwise, aren't they just IDE drives? If so, I can just hookup another drive for the installation.

    Sean :)
     

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