Windows XP Booting on Mac Contest Over

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by MacRumors, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The contest to boot Windows XP on the Mac is over. The winners will receive $13,854:

    The instructions to the contest stipulated the following conditions:

    - Boot Windows XP on the Intel Mac
    - Windows must coexist with Mac OS X and may not interfere with the operation of the other
    - Upon starting the computer, the user must be offered a choice of which OS to boot

    A photo of the OS selection screen was posted in this forum thread. Upon booting the Mac, an Apple logo appears on a grey screen. Pressing the down arrow key at this time brings you to a Windows logo on the same grey background. Hitting enter lets you proceed to boot the selected Operating System.

    According to this post the final solution will work on the 17" iMac, 20" iMac, Mac mini and MacBook Pro. The full solution should be posted shortly and appears it will include downloadable bootloader.
  2. Heath macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2005
    Well then

    Well, I guess he can use the money to buy lots of windows software for his Mac.
  3. narco macrumors 65816


    Dec 9, 2003
    Is this a bad thing for Microsoft or Apple? I can't imagine since Microsoft doesn't sell computers and if Windows ran smoothly on a Mac, I'm sure Apple would sell more hardware.

  4. rareflares macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2004
    Washington D.C.
    could be a problem for the Mac OS. Who would develop for OSX if users can just use Windows on the same machine?

    I understand that only a small minority of computer users will actually do this but it's still a concern for Apple.
  5. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    It's gonna need some video drivers to make it perform.
  6. berkleeboy210 macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2004
    Boston, Massachusetts
    Time to see if my Windows XP Disc is still in the Garbage Disposal ;)
  7. wheezy macrumors 65816


    Apr 7, 2005
    Alpine, UT
    Congrats to the winner! Didn't know dual-boot was required but that's pretty cool. A good geat way way way beyond my skills! I can hardly install XP on a made for XP PC. But I blame that on Windows.
  8. mlrproducts macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2004
    I don't want to see developers drop OS X. But since Adobe is being a PITA at least I can run PSCS on my MacBook Pro for now (or at least hoping to).

    Who removed my second post, ARGH!?
  9. Stpauleboy macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2004
    StPaul MN USA
    Wow, that was fast. I hope the end of software being written for Power PC Mac's doesn't happen at a similar pace now.
  10. Apple Corps macrumors 68030

    Apr 26, 2003
    I'd be interested in using OS X on a Sony Vaio- is anyone working on that angle?
  11. Phat_Pat macrumors 68000


    May 8, 2004
    I Live Where I Live

    yessss bing it on!!!!!!

    XP on a mac

    makes me crave that future Powermac.... mmmm
  12. echeck macrumors 68000


    Apr 20, 2004
    Boise, Idaho
    Dual boot? Meh...

    I want to be able to run it within OS X. With the new Intel Macs I'm assuming the next version of Virtual PC will run at native speeds.

    That's what I want. :)

    But regardless, kudos to these folks. :)
  13. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    I only view this as a negative thing.

    I don't believe that this will bring a significant amount of market share to Apple, unless Apple starts offering it as an option - very few people who want to run dual OS's are actually going hack around in their computer to do it.
  14. mulletman13 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 1, 2004
    Los Angeles.
    I personally don't believe that this will really hurt Apple, or that developers will stop developing for OS X. They know OS X is superior for nearly everything besides gaming -- but now people can have that too.

    It's great no matter which way you look at it -- Apple will sell a ton of hardware because of this. Most users will play with OS X and get introduced to it now... only to find they really don't need XP :)
  15. treblah macrumors 65816


    Oct 28, 2003
    Funny, it took almost as long to get OS X on beige boxen as it did to get Windows on Apple boxen.

    Uhh, if the end user is savvy enough to know what 'dual boot' means I think they could handle it.
  16. Kingsly macrumors 68040


    Yeeeeeee. wintel games, anyone? Wow, what a day to get my MBP. I knew it was gonna be close, but on the same day??!!
  17. Ja Di ksw macrumors 65816

    Ja Di ksw

    Apr 9, 2003
    I don't think there's a reason to worry about people dropping developing for OS X. I don't think many (any?) people were running macs *solely* for the hardware, wishing and hoping that they could run Windows instead, if only the hardware was made by Apple (yes, there are people who want Windows on Apple computers along with OS X, or OS X on non-Apple PC's, but those are different groups and do not affect this logic). The number of people running OS X will not (significantly) decrease, if at all, and so the incentive to develop for OS X will not (significantly) decrease, if at all. The only possible side effect would be more of the people who were already using Windows buying Apple computers, but that doesn't affect how much money developers can earn making programs for OS X.
  18. tonybeak macrumors newbie

    Feb 26, 2006
    It's already possible... right?
  19. matperk macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2004
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    It's possible on certain Intel chipsets, but it's illegal, whereas running XP on an intel mac is not.
  20. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    Not that I really have any interest in using windows, but if there's some software I'd have to run, this would be cool.

    VPC at native speeds would rock too. :)
  21. LagunaSol macrumors 601


    Apr 3, 2003
    Heck yeah! Goodbye ugly PC on my desk, annoying KVM switch, and spaghetti pile of cables. Hello sleek, quiet new iMac that will run any major software on the planet!

    Or MacBook Pro....hmmm, decisions decisions...
  22. mrplow macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2004
    why would anyone buy a mac if they intended to use windows to run applications? this whole theory that software development will cease to exist is ridiculous... apple exists because it has a superior OS, not because their hardware is superior to the windows world (and is alot more expensive!).

    point in case- why does anyone support Linux when Windows has been around for over a decade, running on the same hardware? or vice versa... nothing will change. The only thing that might receive less attention is games.. but with how weak it is to begin with, who the hell cares- they're going to run faster through XP regardless.
  23. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    The difficulty of this installation hasn't been ascertained yet, but the question is certainly being asked. If loading Windows on Mac hardware becomes a non-technical task, I can see it being offered as an insurance policy to potential Mac buyers, much as VPC is now.
  24. .Andy macrumors 68030


    Jul 18, 2004
    The Mergui Archipelago
    Mac OSX up there for thinking (working!)

    Windows XP down there for dancing (games!)*

    *as long as the performance doesn't suck and all the video drivers and other whatch-ma-callits are cool :cool:.

    Congrats to the winner. I can't believe people are out there smart enough to come up with this stuff.
  25. dlpmaster macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2006
    Pretty kol..
    but what about if a user is working on Mac Only based programs and want to tranfer stuff from Windows only files or something? Will people have the availability to run both OS' at the same time.. like have one account under windows and another under OSX ?
    Maybe that could be taken into consideration?

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