Dual-booting OS X & Windows XP – Limited to 10.6 Snow Leopard?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by dalinian, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. dalinian macrumors newbie

    dalinian

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    I have an October 2008 vintage MacBook Pro 17-inch*, which will shortly be revitalised with an OCZ Vertex 4 512GB solid state drive, and with the boost in available disc space, I’m exploring options for dual-booting OS X and Windows.

    * Model ID: MacBookPro 4,1 – Order No: MB766LL/A – Mfg. Part No: A1261 – full spec at EveryMac:
    » http://everymac.com/systems/apple/m...ore-2-duo-2.5-17-early-2008-penryn-specs.html

    I have installation discs for:
    • Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
    • Windows XP Home Edition SP2

    My understanding is that the Boot Camp version in OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard will allow me to set up dual-booting between these two OS versions. My natural geek instinct would be to upgrade OS X → 10.7 Lion → 10.8 Mountain Lion, but as I understand it the Boot Camp versions in 10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion only support Windows 7.

    Q. Does this mean that if a successfully dual-booting ‘10.6 Snow Leopard + Windows XP’ MacBook Pro has its OS X upgraded (→ 10.7 Lion → 10.8 Mountain Lion), it will no longer dual-boot Windows XP?

    BTW, I’m aware that I can run a virtualised Windows XP inside Oracle VM VirtualBox under OS X 10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion (and other virtualisation software is also available); I’m interested in the reduced-complexity full-throttle option of dual-booting Windows XP.
     
  2. kylera macrumors 65816

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    To the best of my knowledge, you could install SL first, do XP Boot Camp, and then install ML. I could be wrong, though.
     
  3. balamw Moderator

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    I believe you are correct. You can also probably use Lion Boot Camp Assistant to partition the drive and install XP manually if you have the Snow Leopard Boot Camp Drivers.

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  4. dalinian thread starter macrumors newbie

    dalinian

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    Thanks for your response. My plans were somewhat undermined by those two discs I mentioned in my OP:
    • Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard – lacked any Boot Camp software
    • Windows XP Home Edition SP2 – was an Upgrade version

    So I tracked down a torrent version of Windows 7 (thanks to iso Hunt.com), upgraded OS X to 10.8 Mountain Lion, and used its Boot Camp software to create a dual-booting Mountain Lion/Windows 7 set up – all of which works beautifully well. The first fruit of this endeavour, and the primary motivating factor for creating the dual-boot setup, was un-bricking my Samsung Galaxy Note with a Windows-only program, and getting it to share files with Mountain Lion via USB cable. So I'm pleased to report that I got to where I wanted to be.
     

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