Install Leopard Boot Camp without installing Leopard?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by popelife, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. popelife macrumors member

    Nov 3, 2006
    Hi folks, can't seem to find an answer to this.

    Can you install the new Leopard version of Boot Camp without actually installing OS X 10.5?

    I had to upgrade my MacBook Pro's HD, so I've lost my Tiger Boot Camp installation. I'm more than happy to buy Leopard, but I can't install 10.5 until some of my apps (Waves, you're hopeless) become Leopard-compatible.

    But I need my Windows installation back.

    So, anyone know if you can buy the Leopard CD and use it just to partition the drive and install Boot Camp?

  2. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040


    Aug 8, 2007
    Takamatsu, Japan
    The Boot Camp Assistant for Leopard is installed with the OS and as far as I know there is no way to install it separately. Once Leopard is up and running it's just there in the Applications>Utilities folder.

    Since it is officially a Leopard app now I don't know that you could run it properly in Tiger even if you found some way to install it from the Leopard DVD anyway.
  3. GSMiller macrumors 68000


    Dec 2, 2006
    Someone else on here was wanting to use Boot Camp on Tiger and one of the suggestions was that they set back their computers clock to anytime before 31 December 2007 and try and install an "expired" version.
  4. popelife thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 3, 2006
    I was just thinking it should work, since Boot Camp isn't really an "app" - just a partitioning application and an installer for putting drivers into the Windows partition.

    But can you run the Boot Camp installer from the Leopard CD, and skip the part where it installs Leopard?
  5. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040


    Aug 8, 2007
    Takamatsu, Japan
    A partition application is still an "application" so I don't really know about that.

    The poster above has good advice which I've personally used recently. I had to get my machine ready to go in to Apple for service and I always back up all of my data and just install a generic OS X in one big partition whenever I do that.

    Since my iMac initially shipped with Tiger I installed that from the DVDs that came with the machine but I realized too late I had forgotten to remove the Boot Camp partition.

    I just set my system clock to September, 2007 and installed the last Boot Camp 1.4 beta and it went in fine. I set the system date back and Boot Camp would have continued working fine but all I wanted to do was delete the Boot Camp partition.

    That would probably be the easiest option for you.
  6. XianPalin macrumors 6502


    May 26, 2006
    If your old hard drive isn't bad you could put it back in, get a usb laptop drive reader, and then clone your old hard drive onto the new one. That way you still have everything you had before.
  7. 4JNA macrumors 68000


    Feb 8, 2006
    looking for trash files
    just for fun, tried moving the current 10.5 boot camp assistant to a 10.4 machine. it bounces once, and then shuts. running via terminal, i can see 'bus configuration error' as the last posted error, then exits.

    think the rolling back the date is the way to go! best of luck.
  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    1. Boot Camp Assistant is a face pants live partition editor
    2. The Windows drivers are on the Leopard DVD but don't require you to have Leopard installed.
    3. Reset back to 2007 using Time Mach...Date & Time Preference Pane.
  9. badgerpoison macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2008
    As was mentioned, bootcamp does nothing more than repartition your hard drive.

    If you do most of your work in Windows, as do I, you could run a setup like mine. I have Windows installed as the only OS on my MBP internal hard drive; and I have Tiger installed on an external USB drive. No need for bootcamp, just find the latest Windows drivers online.
  10. bluegoblinsanta macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2008
    That sounds really stupid but yeah, I tried it and it works fine. Although I didn't have to reinstall it, just set the date back one year and started the program and it works like a charm.

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