running XP on a mac..

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by andych, Nov 6, 2006.

  1. andych macrumors member


    Mar 23, 2006
    thinking of installing software to run XP on my mac..
    my friend reckons that running this software will cause problems with viruses and the such like..
    anyone care to englighten him?
  2. Gee macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2004
    London, UK
    Which ever way you install it (thru parallels or bootcamp), your XP install will be as susceptible to viruses and other rubbish as if it were running on a Dell, and you'll need to protect it as you would a standard PC.

    This shouldn't affect the Mac it's running on though.
  3. fivetoadsloth macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2006
    as stated above however you install it windows xp can get th normal viruses they will however not affect osx at all. Everyone in my family uses a pc, but me, and they ahvnt gotten a virus in 5 years. Good luck.
  4. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    I wouldn't suggest running Windows w/o anti-viral software. It's Windows, and prone to exploits. However, it's hightly unlikely that your OS X install will be effected because it's on an HFS+ partition, something Windows cannot see/modify by default.

    The only way it could is if you have MacDrive installed, or the exploit is specially crafted.

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