Installing XP on 20120 MacBook Pro

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  1. mwsionn macrumors newbie

    mwsionn

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    My computer:
    MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012)
    2.5 GHz Intel Core i5
    8 GB 1333 MHz DDR3
    Intel HD Graphics 4000 1536 MB

    I am trying to install Windows XP Professional x64 SP3. I am specifically trying to install XP to run some legacy games - no other versions of Windows will do for what I need.

    I created a FAT32 (32GB) partition and have a Windows XP install disk. I have been able to start the XP Setup process, but never actually start Windows to install the OS. I keep reaching a blue screen error related to ACPI compliance (obviously since this is a MacBook it doesn’t naturally have ACPI tables that line up with what XP is looking for).

    I have tried the recommended workaround of pressing F7 to turn off ACPI mode during text mode setup, but it does not seem to be doing anything. Am I missing something? Would appreciate any tips you all may have, thanks!
     
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3

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    I’d install it as a Virtual Machine instead, far easier and will run absolutely fine.
     
  3. mwsionn thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So to be clear, the games I am most interested in running are Mechwarrior 4 and MechCommander 2. Not cutting edge graphics, but not chump change either. Will running XP as a virtual machine mean I have to watch out for performance issues while running games, or am I just being paranoid? Back in the day recommended RAM for Mechwarrior 4 Vengeance was a puny 128 MB so...
     
  4. keysofanxiety macrumors G3

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    I’d say it would be fine. Can’t be 100% sure but no harm in trying.

    Download the trial of Parallels: https://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/trial/

    Install XP as a VM.

    Then download/install MW4: https://www.myabandonware.com/game/mechwarrior-4-mercenaries-3ak

    I’d be surprised if it doesn’t work, but if it doesn’t then you’re not out of pocket, just a bit of time.
     
  5. mwsionn thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Will try that once I'm home from work. Thank you keysofanxiety!

    I've also been seeing some stuff online about VMware Workstation Player as a free alternative to Parallels/paid VMware. Is it purely about preference or are there significant advantages to the paid Parallels/VMware that I'm missing?
     
  6. chscag macrumors 68030

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    Instead of fooling with Parallels or VMWare, try the free VirtualBox instead. It should have no problem running an XP VM for you. The reason your Mid 2012 MacBook Pro won't install XP is that the minimum version of Windows it supports is Windows 7.
     
  7. chrfr macrumors 604

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    You'll almost certainly be much better off using XP 32-bit rather than x64.
     
  8. mwsionn thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah if things go sideways with VM I'll try x32 next, there are a few pretty cheap licenses floating around out there. I initially went with x64 because I wanted to do a straight dual boot, but that doesn't seem to be in the cards this time around. Thanks!
     
  9. chscag macrumors 68030

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    Keep in mind that the maximum amount of memory that Windows x 32 bit will recognize is approximately 3.3 GB.
     
  10. chrfr macrumors 604

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    There weren't any Boot Camp drivers for Windows XP x64, and in general XP x64 was not well supported so it wouldn't surprise me if you run into compatibility issues with whichever apps you're trying to use.
     

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