Is there any possibility of running windows XP?

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  1. shkhaslam macrumors newbie

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    Hi there,

    New to this forum,
    I am using Macbook Pro since 2013, it's a good machine. But right now i feel windows 10 is too much for this machine.

    Currently my config is

    Macbook Pro Mid-2012
    Intel Core i5 3210M 2.5 GHZ
    16.0 GB RAM
    64 bit - Windows 10 OS

    Its kinda slow, i miss windows XP days, I have freaking tried every possible way to load windows XP but of no success please can anyone guide me. is there any possibility of dual booting windows 10 & windows xp or only Windows XP.

    Thank You.
     
  2. mdnz macrumors 6502

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    Windows XP is kind of a security risk if you run it online today. Do you have a regular HDD or SSD in your machine? If you only have an HDD it might be worth upgrading, your machine will be much faster.
     
  3. shkhaslam thread starter macrumors newbie

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    REGULAR HDD, but i want to use Windows XP
     
  4. mdnz macrumors 6502

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    Looks like that's not supported anymore, see here: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5044223

    You might want to try Windows 7 or Windows 8 but I doubt it will be much faster. The OSes nowadays really want an SSD to be fast.
     
  5. jtara macrumors 68000

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    There's something wrong then.

    Your computer description sounds like the typical low-end Windows notebook.

    I run Windows 10 on my 2012 Mac Mini under VMWare Fusion for occasional Windows needs. (Dual booting is just silly.) It runs just fine. Granted, the Mini has an i7, but your notebook shouldn't be that much slower.

    EXACTLY what is "slow"? I suspect it is more an issue with specific applications than just "everything". Make sure you turn off unnecessary visual effects, unnecessary background tasks, etc.

    If what is slow is gaming, you should be aware that this just isn't a gaming machine.

    Replace your hard drive with an SSD. It will work wonders on a Macbook of this vintage. If you have the original hard drive, it is almost certainly close to failure anyway.

    If you INSIST, you can certainly run XP under VMWare Fusion.
     
  6. Allistah macrumors member

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    Upgrade that machine to a fast SSD and it'll be great again for a while. I did that to my 2012 MBP and also upgrade it to 16GB of memory.. It was like it was a whole new machine! The thing is waaaay better now! It's way worth it.
     
  7. shkhaslam thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Alright, The reason i am not upgrading is i think the machine is now become old key board some keys are not working, and the battery sign says you need to fix the battery. So dont feel like spending money, so wanted to install windows XP and relax my main use is MS Office Excel with VBA macro. I am thinking of buying iMAC 27 5K. Lets see.

    Anyways
    Thank you for your time guys.
     
  8. Allistah macrumors member

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    Ah ok, that makes sense. If it was a perfectly good working laptop without any problems I'd say go for it but choosing to not upgrade makes sense. I just ordered a Refurb MBP that I will be picking up tonight. This 2012 that I upgraded is great, it's just too heavy to carry around in a backpack. Good luck on your purchase! Might want to check out a refurb unit - you can save quite a bit and they're just like new.
     
  9. shkhaslam thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Should i go for iMAC 27 or MBP 15 ? Any suggestions?
     
  10. jtara macrumors 68000

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    Really depends on your needs. Do you need a laptop?

    An iMac doesn't have the extreme thermal constraints of a laptop, so better for any sustained workload. (Though it doesn't sound like you have a sustained workload - like compiling with XCode, video production, etc. etc.) And the iMac has an amazing screen. (I *think* it is the same 5K display as in the iMac Pro?)

    If not for the keyboard and battery, it's still a perfectly good machine, if upgraded with an SSD. That's what I did with my 2012 Mac Mini (as well as 2008 Aluminum Macbook). Though my daily work machine is a 2018 iMac Pro.
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    It's not supported with Bootcamp. You can still run under VMWare Fusion, etc. which is the only way I would ever run a foreign OS on a Mac. Who wants to screw with rebooting?
     
  11. mdnz macrumors 6502

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    I think OP meant to run it natively since he already has Windows 10 running. If he says it's running slow already adding a virtualization layer on top of it isn't going to help much. Different people different needs I guess.
     
  12. TETENAL macrumors regular

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    Windows 10 is really slow on spinning disks, but you MacBook should be fast enough for it if you update to an SSD.
     
  13. currahee2100 macrumors regular

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    MBP, don't know when you need to take your laptop with you. I have no problems having my macbook sit in front of me, plugging it into a monitor, and using a wireless kb/mouse combo.
     
  14. Chocomonsters macrumors regular

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    Think your best option is VM. Either VMware or Parallels under MacOS or VMware under Windows 10 will be fine.

    MS used to offer free Windows XP Mode under Windows 7 before. But it is not available under Windows 10.
     
  15. pippox0 macrumors member

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    If you wanna Xp better choice is to get virtualized with virtualbox or similiar.
    On the other hand to get a fast windows10 os , you need to tweak it ( like a windows 10 lite version)
     
  16. Argyboy macrumors member

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    Windows XP doesn't have any major web browser support anymore and hasn't been security patched by Microsoft since 2014. I wouldn't go near it unless it was isolated into a VM in a supported OS.
     
  17. pippox0 macrumors member

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    Firefox 51.0 works fine on windows XP. I still use it today...
     
  18. Argyboy macrumors member

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    The current version of Firefox is 66. 51 is well out of date. If you don't mind using old browsers then I suppose that's not an issue.
     
  19. sracer macrumors G3

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    There's no problem using an older browser provided that it can properly access the websites a person is interested in.


    Some of us who have continued to use Windows XP after 2014, received system updates by patching the registry to extend support via Embedded POSReady 2009. (granted, that level of support wasn't the same as prior to 2014, but more than sufficient) That support just ended last month.

    With proper care and common sense, Windows XP can still be used for a bit longer. I now run it in a VM but only because I no longer have any hardware old enough to run it natively.
     

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