Can i install xp sp1 by formating a partition to windows instead of using bootcamp?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by rederstorm, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. rederstorm macrumors newbie

    rederstorm

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    #1
    Basically,

    you cant use a windows xp sp1 disk to install windows xp onto your mac using bootcamp.

    What i wanted to know is if i partition my HD then format it to a recognizable format for windows installation disks, would i be able to install windows xp sp1 that way?

    or would the same principle apply as bootcamp and sp1 versions of xp are incapable of being installed on macs?

    Hope someone has the answers :)

    Thanks :D.
     
  2. Markov macrumors 6502

    Markov

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    Use bootcamp, it will install just fine. The issue you have is that you cannot install drivers on it unless it's service pack 2.
     
  3. rederstorm thread starter macrumors newbie

    rederstorm

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    Oh i see, that i did not know :eek:.

    Getting a sp2 version nowadays is a pain as well, last time i saw the sp3 versions were £90.

    Thanks for the help :).
     
  4. bigfatredhead macrumors newbie

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    I just did this last night I installed XP with SP1. You can download the SP2 distributable.

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...BE-3B8E-4F30-8245-9E368D3CDB5A&displaylang=en

    You get an error when you try to install it until you fix a registry setting in Windows. This is from a forum talking about doing this for SP3 but it worked for me with SP2.


    1. Click Start - Run - Type “regedit” and press enter.

    2. Navigate to

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Setup]

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    \Software
    \Microsoft
    \Windows
    \CurrentVersion
    \Setup

    3. In the right pane, Right-click and select New - String value

    4. Name it as “BootDir” and set its value to “C:\”
     
  5. Amdahl macrumors 65816

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    You can make your own using your original XP disc, the SP3 downloadable updater network admin version, a CD burner, and nLite. The post above links to the SP2 version of the network admin updater. This the SP3 version:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...A8-5E76-401F-BE08-1E1555D4F3D4&displaylang=en
     
  6. WRPCWill macrumors newbie

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  7. Duff-Man macrumors 68030

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    Duff-Man says...it is referred to as "slipstreaming" - just search the forums (and/or Google) and you'll find several sites with detailed instructions...oh yeah!
     

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