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


    Aug 29, 2010
    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


    Dec 5, 2010
    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


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    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.

  4. dalinian thread starter macrumors newbie


    Aug 29, 2010

    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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