Is it bad to reinstall bootcamp?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Criscokilika, Jan 5, 2007.

  1. Criscokilika macrumors newbie

    Jan 5, 2007
    I have a Mac G5. Great hardware for playing video games (ATI x1600 mobile, Intel 1.8 core duo processing, 512 MB RAM, etc.).

    I have Windows XP but it's already been used too many times. I in stalled Windows on my Mac via Bootcamp so I was able play it for a month. After the month was up, I took back the partitioned drive used for Windows and put it back to my main hardrive. I want to install Windows XP for another month, but will that decrease the life-span of my Mac like it does to a PC, even though the drive is partitioned?

    Thanks for your time,


    (P.S., I know I should just buy Windows XP, it's just one of those things I never get around to)
  2. NotFound macrumors 6502a


    Nov 30, 2006
    Your G5 Mac will not allow windows to be installed with bootcamp.

    G5 suggests that you are using a PowerPC mac?

    If it isn't then your mac isn't G5- just use intel iMac. No G5... That makes it confusing for us.
  3. Criscokilika thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 5, 2007
    I already have an Intel G5 mac

    and I already installed Windows on it before. If I keep uninstalling and reinstalling Windows, will my Mac slowly degrade?
  4. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

    Roy Hobbs

    Apr 29, 2005
    You do not have a Mac G5, as you also stated you have a Mac with can't have both.

    Reinstalling XP will decrease the life span on a windows machine??? I don't think you should listen to the person who told you that. Reinstalling an OS has no ill effect on either a PC or a Mac.
  5. TurboLag macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2004
    You may reinstall XP as many times as you like, and no, your mac will not "degrade". XP sits on a different partition, so it will not affect OSX in any way. PCs seem to "degrade" because of bloated registries, and lingering programs, but infact a clean install should bring that same PC back to its prime.

    You may be in the same position as me however, because when you remove your NTFS partition, and want to create another, OSX will ask you to format your entire drive.

    personally, Ill wait for Leopoard before I do that. . .
  6. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    it seems like you aren't paying for windows?

    anyway, no it shouldn't hurt your computer
  7. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    Your mac is not a G5, it is either a Core Duo or Core 2 Duo.

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