Windows XP on Intel Mac WITHOUT boot camp?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by andizzzy, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. andizzzy macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2008
    i read around the internet
    and is it possible to install windows xp onto my imac without bootcamp?
    i have tiger and i dont wanna spend the money to upgrade to leopard just for bootcamp.
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    In theory, yes. But you'll have a hard time finding all of the driver's you'll need, and may find that many things, including airport, do not work.
  3. hunterjoules macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2007
    I think that if you want to boot camp your Mac you're going to need to bite the bullet and install Leopard. Bootcamp Beta is no longer available from Apple.

    The only other way to install XP is to purchase a product like Parallels or VMWare, but if you're going to spend the money for them you may as well go the Leopard route. has it for $20 less than the Apple Store, plus free shipping. I would recommend that path anyway, as boot camping with Leopard is incredibly painless (easier than installing Windows on a regular PC).
  4. digitaldave macrumors regular


    Apr 6, 2006
    You can run VirtualBox, which is free:

    I'm not sure how it compares with Parallels or Fusion, but it's free and if you have a copy of Windows lying around, it's at least worth a try. I had Office 2007 working absolutely fine on my MBP. Don't expect to run games on it though, as I believe it doesn't have 3D support. I also encountered a few other issues, mainly regarding handling USB devices, but it was free, so I'm not complaining :).

    Hope that helps :).

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