Bootcamp and Installing Operating Systems

Discussion in 'macOS' started by TheDoorsi, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. TheDoorsi macrumors newbie

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    So I just joined the Information Systems department at my school and they have a deal with the Microsoft Website where they give out copies of windows software and serial #s. I happen to need some form of windows (Xp or Vista or what have you) to run some programs for my classes and I have some questions on how to install the OS.

    So i downloaded XP as an ISO and burned it onto a disk. I'm in the process of downloading Vista which doesn't come as an ISO, but i think just one big 2.5gb install file (I presume an EXE) and hope to use that instead. I just bought leopard and am going to install it so I can get bootcamp to install the OS but,

    1.Will my copy of XP install on leopard?

    2.Will i be able to run the Vista installer on leopard?

    3. Can I install XP, then install Vista, then erase XP?

    3. Do i need leopard or can I just stick with 10.4?

    5. How would I install these two assuming I have them both on DVDs?

    Any help would be very, very much appreciated, I'm getting such a headache trying to figure this out.


    BTW, I'm sure I didn't download it wrong. Vista downloads as an installer for windows computers. This website isn't really for macs.
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    If you're using Tiger, crank the date back before 12/31/2007.

    If it's an EXE, you did it wrong. It has to be an ISO.
     
  3. Trip.Tucker Guest

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    It's not uncommon for Microsoft to create an exe which self extracts to an iso or mdf with their trial copies of OS's.
     
  4. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    Probably the best way to get a good starting handle on the process of installing and using Boot Camp on your Mac can first be addressed by checking out Apple's BootCamp Support page which has a very good downloadable guide to installation (hint: use it! ;)) as well as some good FAQs that should go a long way toward answering a lot of your questions.
     

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