Can I run 3 Operating Systems on my Mac?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by hellomoto4, Mar 25, 2011.

  1. hellomoto4 macrumors 6502a

    hellomoto4

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    Hey guys,

    So I'm a complete noob when it comes to running Windows on my Mac. At the moment, I've partitioned my HD in two, and I'm running SL and Lion on the separate partitions.
    I'm wondering though, is it possible to split my HD a third time and install Windows on this partition?

    Thanks!
     
  2. balamw Moderator

    balamw

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    You can probably get that to work, but you can't us Boot Camp Assistant to get you started. You will have to create a FAT32 partition in Disk Utility and then use that as a target for your Windows install.

    Which versions of Windows are supported on your Mac will depend on which Mac it is so you may want to tell us.

    The main difference between doing it this way and Boot Camp Assistant, is that BCA sets the default boot to the Windows partition, you will need to hold Alt/Option every time you boot when the Windows installer wants a reboot.

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  4. hellomoto4 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Okay yep I understand, however will my Mac recognise the install CD when I boot to the empty Windows partition?


    Not currently using anything to partition, just disk utility.
     
  5. balamw Moderator

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    Yes it generally will.

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