running windows on mac question

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by happle, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. happle macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2010
    hi. ok so i need to run windows on my mac for a couple programs. now i don't have a windows cd. but i do have my old hard drive from my pc with windows xp still installed on it.

    is there a way i can use that hd to run windows or transfer it to my current macbook hard drive to run windows?

    please inform if you would. thank you.
  2. Blondie :) macrumors 6502a

    Blondie :)

    May 12, 2010
    Prescott, AZ
    Unfortunately, I can't help you there. But, I am wondering the same thing haha. I actually have my old computers system recovery disc, but I don't think it's the same thing as the actual operating system is it?
  3. SDub90 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2009
    Long Island
    If you have access to an enclosure for your drive, do what I do:

    1) using boot camp assistant to make appropriate partition size for windows

    2) Use winclone (free app) to create a disk image of your windows drive in the enclosure

    3)Use winclone to copy the disk image to your boot camp partition

    There has been only one computer that I could not get this to work on.
  4. blackburn macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2010
    Where Judas lost it's boots.
    Most likely windows will not even boot on your mac. Windows installations doesn't like to be moved across pc's. And if windows came preinstalled on that pc, it will not activate since you changed to another pc (or mac)

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