Tri-boot OS X, Vista and XP with Boot Camp... how?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by ravenvii, Nov 15, 2008.

  1. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    This should be possible, but I'm not sure what the procedure is to make this work. I'd like to have a OS X partition, Vista partition and a XP partition, and boot between them.

    How do I do this?
  2. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    you like wasting HDD space dont you? lol.

    You can do it I suppose. Just format the HDD with 3 partitions. 1 is HFS+ for OS X. THe other two are FAT32 for windows.
  3. neonblue2 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 25, 2006
    Port Pirie, South Australia
    Lookup tri-booting though Google. You can't use Boot Camp for a tri-boot (not easily at least), the recommended solution is rEFIt.
  4. gmontag macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2008
    Here is one way

    Install xp into a normal bootcamp partition. Then run a vista upgrade to a new partition. This will give you bootcamp and then a windows boot manager window. My next step is to install Ubuntu using wubi and have a quad boot system.
  5. TheQL macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2009
    I am coping with this issue for quite some time now and got to this guide:

    I followed it but am either stupid or there need to be some changes. First of all the Vista Bootloader seems to sit on the 4th partition, selecting the third in rEFIt just fails. And there were some other parts that didn't go that smooth, but I have the three OSes running on one MacBook atm, so it helped me a lot in the end.

    Anyway I wanted to participate in the article discussion but first had to register here and now I am lacking five posts, so maybe someone has some more insight.


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