How will the next OS update influence existing Bootcamp install?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by flipdoubt, May 25, 2007.

  1. flipdoubt macrumors member

    May 3, 2007
    Let's say I get an MBP in June, install Bootcamp and Windows, and then upgrade to 10.5 whenever it gets released. Do you think my existing Windows partition will remain safe? Do you anticipate any other problems using my "beta born Bootcamp" with the RTM version of Bootcamp?

  2. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    It could just be that the drivers are updated...I'm sure your data will be safe though, whatever happens.

    It could be something to do with integrating virtualization, or something else really cool...

    No one really knows...
  3. Bern macrumors 68000


    Nov 10, 2004
    I know I'd prefer to completely reinstall both my partitions rather than rely on a beta version partition, for a short inconvenience it will be more worthwhile.
  4. apfhex macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California
    It won't matter... a partition is a partition.
  5. 00PS macrumors member

    May 29, 2007
    and what about those of us who have boot camp, but aren't planning on getting leopard right away, will apple release a version to work on Tiger?
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Will Apple release a version of what to work on Tiger? You have Bootcamp now.
  7. 00PS macrumors member

    May 29, 2007
    o sry. that makes no sense. i was had 2 thought processes in my head when i wrote this. what i meant was that the Bootcamp beta will expire at the release of leopard. how would people with tiger that aren't updating to leopard be able to use bootcamp. has apple said anything? i realize apple is probably the only one to know, but what has been the trend of the past?
  8. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    Existing partitions are going to work fine. You probably won't be able to download the software after awhile, and I doubt they'll offer further updates if you don't buy 10.5, but if it's there, it will work. They've said so, but I can't recall when. They'd have to go our of their way to disable it, which I doubt they'd do.
  9. 2ndPath macrumors 6502

    Feb 21, 2006
    Actually there was this article on MacRumors earlier this year indicating that a final version of Boot Camp might be sold to Tiger users who don't want to upgrade to Leopard.
  10. flipdoubt thread starter macrumors member

    May 3, 2007
    This might be a silly question, but I'll ask it anyway:

    Once you've created the partitions and installed the drivers, what does bootcamp continue to do for you? Is it just the boot loader?
  11. 2ndPath macrumors 6502

    Feb 21, 2006
    It is just the partitioning and the drivers, not the boot loader.

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