Upgrading XP on Bootcamp to Vista

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by FatGolfer, Jan 31, 2007.

  1. FatGolfer macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2006
    Hello fellow risk takers,

    I have a bootcamp partition on my Mac Pro containing XP SP2. I use it for all my games. I have a copy of Vista Business and was wondering if anyone knew if it is possible to run the upgrade to Vista without messing up the Bootcamp boot manager, OSX and the files I have on XP.

    Has anyone done the upgrade yet? Any advice? (apart from the abvious ;) )

  2. yont24 macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2007
    I also want to do the samething but I'm scared lol.
  3. Rad macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2006
    Installing Vista

    I tried to preserve my Bootcamp XP installation that was on it's own SATA drive in my Mac Pro. I used Drive Genius to clone the drive to an external firewire drive - and it worked. I was able to select and boot from the external firewire drive. However, when I upgraded the orginal internal XP installation drive to Vista, I could no longer boot into the external XP firewire clone. I can select it, but it ends of booting off the Vista drive. I cannot make another copy of the XP clone to another internal drive for some reason. in other words, upgrading to XP messed up my XP installation. I can still access the files from within Vista or the Mac, it just cannot boot.

    I eventually will try to clone the Vista drive to another firewire drive, and only turn on the one I want (but each drive must be at least the same as the original drive at 500 GB, so I need to get another drive).
  4. Father Jack macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

    Jan 1, 2007
    Say a little prayer ........ and go for it.

  5. Robbouk macrumors newbie


    May 7, 2005
    Nottingham, UK

    Iv'e just done this, an upgrade on XP to Vista, without any problems.

    Aero looks very nice, but iv'e already had a crash and Windows keeps butting in going on about online protection and asking if I want any help fixing problems.

    While it's nice, I still feel like i'm using XP just with a different theme running. :confused:

    I'll see how it goes, however I very much doubt it'll be used as my main OS. Still think OSX is more reliable and has a much easier to navigate interface.

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