Getting Windows XP..

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by old-wiz, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    I'm confused about which version of Windows XP home I would need to run under bootcamp. Reading the forums, everyone says just buy the OEM version like:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116511

    but one of the reviews on newegg says:

    "Cons: Be sure to read MICROSOFT's definition of "System Builder" before you order this software! If you are building a PC for your own use, you are not a "System Builder" and must return the software to your distributor. Unfortunately Newegg will not accept unopened OEM software and you are out the purchase price!

    Other Thoughts: Also you will need Microsoft's OPK (OEM Preinstallation Kit) to install the software. Unfortunately an OPK is only included in a 3-pack of Windows XP not in the individual package."

    but other reviews don't mention this at all. i'd hate to have to pay $180 for the full retail version. Can someone comment? thanks.
     
  2. steveza macrumors 68000

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    You can use the OEM edition on any system that is either new or has changed significantly - new system board for example.

    You don't need the OPK to use the OEM edition.

    Update: I just re-read Bob's review on newegg - you can pretty much ignore all of that.
     
  3. ELMI0001 macrumors 6502

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    I think Bob is Microsoft Bob
     
  4. myfirstmacbook macrumors newbie

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    I believe it's any version of xp that has SP2 installed as part of the OS. which is where I'm running into problems, I have xp pro install disks but it's pre-sp2 so I'm not sure what to do.
     
  5. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    You need to find yourself a PC with a CD burner and slipstream SP2 onto a new install disk.
     
  6. myfirstmacbook macrumors newbie

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    and I'm off to the search button, thanks.
     
  7. Snowfoe macrumors newbie

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    This is for old-wiz and myfirstmacbook! The rule with installing windows via bootcamp on any mac is:

    1. For Windows XP: it has to be a legal xp install disk, no pirated copys sorry boys :eek: and most importantly it has to be an install disk with SP 2 i repeat again it has to have SP 2 no pre-SP 2 sorry boys:(

    2 For Windows Vista: no illegal pirated copys, and any vista will work

    3. Ur Mac :apple: must meet the system requirements of the windows you are planning to install
     
  8. old-wiz thread starter macrumors G3

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    Thanks!

    I don't pirate software. I was looking at an OEM disk from NewEgg.
     
  9. steveza macrumors 68000

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    That was a funny blast from the past :)

    Who said anything that related to piracy in this thread?
     
  10. myfirstmacbook macrumors newbie

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    I have a legal copy of sp1 xp so now I need to figure out what to do
     
  11. VideoFreek macrumors 6502

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    A good place to start is here.
     
  12. myfirstmacbook macrumors newbie

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    thank you sir
     

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