iMac Boot Camp

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  1. Josh125 macrumors 6502

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    Can I use an PC (gateway) OEM disk to install XP in boot camp or does it have to be the "official" MS OS disk?
     
  2. xxjuicymintxx macrumors regular

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    I don't think it'd work. I think those versions of XP are modified for the carriers, but I could be wrong.

    Just a thought.
     
  3. CWallace macrumors 603

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    Depends.

    HP ships generic Windows CDs with their products, so they work fine. However, sometimes they only work with a specific range of product keys so you'd best want to use the key that came with the Label of Authenticity on the machine.
     
  4. Cmax macrumors member

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    Not sure about Gateway, but most OEM's simply provide a "factory" restore CD for their systems, which are only valid for that specific OEM model. However, if the CD you have has a holographic image with "Microsoft Windows XP" on it -- then you may be able to use that with Boot Camp. Nevertheless, it all depends on if the XP install CD you have includes a Product Key.

    By the way, it is Microsoft's intention to discontinue the retail sale of Windows XP by the end of June 08. So, if you want a legal copy of XP, it might be best to buy one now.
     
  5. Josh125 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Interesting, thanks all. I might give it a shot. The old OEM disk is mine so I think I'm legal to install it, just hope it doesn't blow up the computer :p
     
  6. nigrunze macrumors regular

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    Make sure it's an XP SP2 disc. I read that earlier Windows XP discs won't work in an iMac. I'm just trying to save you some time if you do make it up to the formatting screen.
     

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