Can't install Windows XP running High Sierra

Ten54

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Oct 4, 2018
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Perth, Western Australia
I have a mid-2011 iMac which was the first Mac designed for Windows 7 but you can install Windows XP on it by not using Boot Camp. I have always done this but now with High Sierra during Windows setup when I get to the stage of choosing the partition, its not there, it only shows the main partition which HS is installed on. There should be 4 or 5 partitions and Partition 4 is the one to use

Here is a video explaining how to install Windows XP while running High Sierra but I am unable to do this

I don't want to use VM or parallels I'm hoping there is a simple work around using Terminal or something like that

I have actually achieved my goal by installing Windows XP while running El Capitan, then updating to High Sierra but I'm worried about problems in the long run

Has anyone else had this experience and know if there is a solution?
 
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Ten54

macrumors newbie
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Oct 4, 2018
9
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Perth, Western Australia
....I think High Sierra has possessed my computer...
I just tried to install Windows XP in El Capitan and the same thing has happened
I fully erased the hard drive and everything
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Ten54

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Original poster
Oct 4, 2018
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Perth, Western Australia
I think you have misunderstood me, I created a partition in Disk Utility and formatted it, however the choices are "ExFAT" or "MS-DOS" and it gets formatted again during Windows setup where you choose FAT32 or NTFS. But when I get to that stage the various partitions are not there. There should be 4 or 5 partitions and you install on Partition 4

However: I just remembered when I created the partition (this time El Capitan) it said it failed but after First Aid it seemed okay and I continued only to get the same scenario as with High Sierra. So I deleted the partition and did it again. Now the first time, I typed in the size which I don't usually do. 2nd time I dragged it with the mouse as I usually do, and now its working and have just installed Windows successfully

So maybe thats a clue as to why I can't install Windows XP directly from High Sierra, I don't know
 

Ten54

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Original poster
Oct 4, 2018
9
1
Perth, Western Australia
Update
I just watched the video again to see if I missed anything and I did. They say a 64-bit version of Windows XP is needed for newer Macs with i5 or i7 processors and that's what I've got, an i5

So I need a 64-bit Windows XP
 

chscag

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Feb 17, 2008
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I hate to be the carrier of bad news, but Windows XP 64 bit was a real dog. I can remember reading in the old Microsoft Windows XP forum how terrible it was. Why do you need XP when Windows 7 64 bit is so much better?
 

Ten54

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Oct 4, 2018
9
1
Perth, Western Australia
I hate to be the carrier of bad news....
I don't need it, its just that there was a copy of Windows XP laying around. It does come in handy now and then when dealing with old files and the great thing is it only uses up 32GB. But anyway I don't have a copy of Windows XP 64-bit so I've just installed the 32-bit in a way which I know that works

Install El Capitan, then Windows, then upgrade El Cap to High Sierra. It's cumbersome but I got what I wanted to have

I'm interested to see if Windows XP keeps going while on the same HD as High Sierra (bit of an experiment) I read somewhere that a guy runs High Sierra from an external HD so it doesn't get anywhere near Boot Camp and crap things up

...Anyhow thanks for the tip, I don't know why Windows XP 64-bit would be a dog but good to know these things, cheers