Will the Leopard Boot Camp utility update existing (1.4 Beta) partitions?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by tschur, Oct 24, 2007.

  1. tschur macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2007
    I'm planning to install Leopard using the Archive and Install option. I expect this will leave my 1.4 Beta Boot Camp partition intact. But here's the thing: I want my Boot Camp partition to have the updated drivers that will arrive with Leopard. Anyone know if Leopard allow us to use its Boot Camp utility to update existing partitions?

    I suppose I could erase the existing Boot Camp partition and re-create it under 10.5, but I really don't want to do that because it would take a lot of sweat to recreate my current Windows installation (programs, preferences, etc.). Might Winclone serve here, or not?
  2. samh004 macrumors 68020


    Mar 1, 2004
    I would imagine your existing partition will be untouched and you'll be able to pop your Leopard DVD into your machine while running Windows to update your drivers no issues. At least that's what I gather. Wouldn't make sense any other way really (unless you had to burn a disc of drivers I guess, but that's not hard either).
  3. tschur thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2007
    That makes sense, thanks. I guess I'm also wondering how Apple will deliver new Windows device drivers after the intro of 10.5. Via Software Update? And if so, will Apple only deliver updates to machines running 10.5 and later?
  4. Hugh macrumors 6502a


    Feb 9, 2003
    Erie, PA
    Most Likely

    Most likely Apple is only going to support Boot Camp on Mac OS 10.5 or higher. They stated they where not going to support Boot Camp on Mac OS 10.4.x. After all it was just a open beta for us.

    As for the Software Update, I can see them doing that. It would make it lot easier for people to get updated Boot Camps, for new drives and what not.


  5. ilkevinli macrumors 6502


    Apr 8, 2006
    As has been stated 1 million times already, the only thing the bootcamp program does is allow you to partition the hard drive and create a driver disk. If you never update to Leopard, your windows partition will still work forever. There is nothing to update to except the updated windows drivers.
  6. tschur thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2007
    And to update the Windows drivers, you will have to update to 10.5.

    If you never update to 10.5, your windows partition might exist forever, but it will not work forever. As hardware, firmware, vmware, peripheral devices and sucj change over time, you will have to get Windows driver updates.

    It will be interesting to see how Apple has decided to deliver Windows driver updates with the intro of 10.5. A clue that it might happen through Software Update is the fact that SU is now the vehicle for printer driver updates.

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