Windows XP on MAC with Snow Leopard using Bootcamp

teeshirt

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Jan 24, 2012
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Hi,

I need to install Windows on my Mac to run one program I will sometimes need for work. I have an copy (iso image) of Windows XP:

---Windows XP Professional SP3 Integrated January (2012) (32 - Bit) + SATA Drivers

and I want to install it using BootCamp. I have a Mac with Snow Leopard, 4 GB RAM.

I have three questions:

1. Is this combination possibile? I hear that Bootcamp won't take Windows XP anymore. If so, will I need to get a copy of Windows 7?

2. I need to burn the iso image to a DVD, using Disk Utility, right?
 

madsobel

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Jan 24, 2012
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Hi.

As long as you are running Snow Leopard on your machine it should not be a problem. Snow Leopard supports install of WinXP through BootCamp.

Second i would recommend you to use Burn for burning a bootable ISO-image
 

teeshirt

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Jan 24, 2012
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Hi.

As long as you are running Snow Leopard on your machine it should not be a problem. Snow Leopard supports install of WinXP through BootCamp.

Second i would recommend you to use Burn for burning a bootable ISO-image
Thanks for the quick reply.

What if I upgrade to Lion later? Will I need to install windows again, or will it stay as it is?
 

Wang Foolio

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Jan 11, 2010
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I have an XP Boot Camp partition on my system. Upgraded from Snow Leopard to Lion on Saturday and it doesn't seem to have changed the XP partition in the slightest. Everything still works as before.
 

Wang Foolio

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Jan 11, 2010
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That's a good point. Virtualization software (I use VMWare Fusion) can make switching back and forth much more seamless.

If you're not doing something that requires a lot of horsepower to run (ie. gaming or 3D rendering) then using a VM with a portion of your system resources won't be a problem. I have an older copy of Adobe Creative Suite for Windows, and I often start up my virtual machine to run Photoshop. Doing this doesn't make it noticably slower than if I was in Boot Camp.
 

teeshirt

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Jan 24, 2012
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Have you considered VirtualBox (freeware virtual machine software)?
Thanks a lot for the tip. I would definitely consider open source software.

I used to have a virtual machine using Parallels desktop on my previous Mac and it made it considerably slower when I ran it, the computer would get really hot and worst of all, the battery would drain very quickly.

What is your experience with VirtualBox? I need Windows in order to run just one program, which I need for work, so it would be very helpful to have both OS's running at the same time. But if it would slow down the computer and drain the battery, I'd rather just use windows when I have to use that program.
 

teeshirt

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Jan 24, 2012
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I just installed VirtualBox and it works like magic. I installed Windows from the iso-image without burning it on dvd. Very quick install and it works very well for now.
 

Carl Jón Denbow

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Apr 20, 2020
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I know that this is an old thread, but I have a related question. I've just installed snow leopard on a Late 2010 MBA with 4 gig RAM. I did this so that I could install WinXP in Bootcamp. Now my question what's the newest OS that I can update to that will preserve my WinXP bootcamp? Thanks for any information you can provide. -- Carl
 
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