Windows XP Home version with bootcamp

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  1. jonakin macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2008
    Hi I have a macbook and I want to get Windows xp on my mac with bootcamp.
    I have an old pc with windows xp home edition 2002 but I dont have the install discs. Is it possible to transfer windows xp from that pc on to a disc? I also have another pc which came with recovery cds but I dont think they will work?
  2. umiwangu macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2006
    Short answer? No.

    Your main worry is a valid license for Windows (XP or whatever).
  3. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    One thing you could do is use VMWare Converter or Parallels Transporter to turn your old running PC to a Virtual Machine (VM) on Fusion/Parallels Desktop. This is a so-called Physical to Virtual (P2V) migration. It may still require you to reactivate the OS, and retire the old PC, but it generally does work.

    "P2P" (Physical to Physical) migrations are generally not supported or recommended. Not just from the licensing point of view, but Windows usually doesn't take well to massive hardware changes. You generally need to reinstall.

    On the licensing front Microsoft's licensing model is pretty simple. If you want to be able to move a license from one machine to another, you need a full retail copy. They come with transfer rights. OEM licenses, like the ones you get pre-installed on machines do not generally come with transfer rights.


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