Can't install WinXP on Mac, help!

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Orchidea, May 30, 2011.

  1. Orchidea macrumors newbie

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    Hi there
    I'm really new to mac so I'm not quite sure what I'm doing wrong there but anyways...

    I have a Windows XP SP2 cd, own a Mac book pro and when I open bootcamp, do all the steps & get to the installation part, bootcamp says that I need a Windows 7 cd... Why?
    I tried installing XP even if it asks for Win7 but it does'nt work.

    Thanks
    ps. I'm french, sorry if I can't explain well =X
     
  2. stridemat Moderator

    stridemat

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    I think you are running Bootcamp 3.1 and this only works with Windows 7.

    Open up Bootcamp Assistant > 'Bootcamp Assistant' > 'About Bootcamp Assistant'

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  3. Lancetx macrumors 68000

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    Starting with the late 2010 MacBook Air, all Macs released since only support Windows 7 in Boot Camp. If you need to run Windows XP, you'll have to go the virtual machine route with software like Parallels Desktop.

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  4. Orchidea thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have the version 3.0.4 is it the same?
     
  5. Quad5Ny, May 30, 2011
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    Quad5Ny macrumors 6502a

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    The Assistant version is irrelevant, it only partitions the drive.

    What I think Lancetx was pointing out is the new Mac's have different hardware and with that you need different device drivers. Apple no longer provides for Windows XP.
     
  6. SideStepSociety macrumors 6502

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    Windows XP can still be installed on newer Macs, however, you'll be on your own for finding and installing drivers.
     
  7. balamw Moderator

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    Correct, and YMMV depending on the particular Mac.

    In general you can always partition using Disk Utility and boot any version of Windows manually, but you need to know what you are doing. Basically, if you have to ask it may be beyond you.

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