How exactly does bootcamp work?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by tangledweb16, Jan 29, 2008.

  1. tangledweb16 macrumors regular


    Nov 29, 2007
    I know that it comes standard with every Mac, but does it come with a version of Windows pre-installed? How hard/easy is it to set up? Sorry for the stupid questions, but I'm just curious.
  2. TheStu macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2006
    Carlisle, PA
    OK, Macs use what is called an EFI, which is like a new-age BIOS. EFI has the ability to emulate a BIOS, which is primarily what BootCamp does, it allows the EFI to emulate a BIOS (something that I believe is turned off by default)

    You will have to provide your own copy of Windows XP SP2, or Vista.

    When you run teh BootCamp Assistant, it allows you to partition your drive, then, you restart with the Windows disk in the drive, and install it like you would any other computer. When it is done, you drop in your Leopard disk and install the BootCamp drivers.
  3. tangledweb16 thread starter macrumors regular


    Nov 29, 2007
    Thanks man, much appreciated.

    Now to find a super cheap XP disk...

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