Windows XP question....

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by akswun, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. akswun macrumors regular

    akswun

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    Ok so I'm a proud owner of a 13"MBP. I was big on PC gaming ie. CS and CSS but more on 1.6. Didn't realize that i couldn't install my CS the day I got my MBP(Feel so dumb).
    Anyway... I love gaming and I love my MBP and all the whistles and bells that came along with it. I know there shouldn't be any talk about illegal activity on here. But here's my dillema. My old PC ran off a bootlegged version of XP SP2.

    Is it possible to bootcamp this version of XP onto my mac or will OSX deny me. I love leopard and all but to run Steam I need windows and I don't want vista.

    If there's a definate no then i'll buy a new XP SP3.

    that is all

    ty
     
  2. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    Windows 7 home Prem works great.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...54&cm_re=windows_7_oem-_-32-116-754-_-Product

    $105 here for 64bit (32 bit is available at the same price)

    Cheers,
     
  3. aiterum macrumors 6502

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    what do you mean by bootlegged. OSX doens't care, bootcamp just makes the partition. just install it on the partition, and do what you have to from there to get it to work. It doesn't care/matter in the legality of the operating system on the hardware end.
     
  4. balamw Moderator

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    Obviously the OP doesn't care about licensing, but OEM versions like the one you linked to are just not licensed for end users. It is only intended for preinstallation on a PC for resale to a third party. Any other use is no more "legit" than a hackintosh. Doesn't mean it won't work, just that it isn't licensed for such use.

    http://oem.microsoft.com/script/contentpage.aspx?PageID=563841

    aiterum is right. OS X doesn't care, but bootlegged/pirated copies of Windows are explicitly not supposed to be discussed here as per the sticky post in the forum.

    B
     
  5. akswun thread starter macrumors regular

    akswun

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    thanks guys!

    I don't think its a bootlegged version...
    Well a friend of mine gave me a copy of it with a serial number. I needed the copy after I got a nasty virus and had to format my HD. I bought my PC from a computer shop that does the pick and choose your parts. It didn't come with the Retail version on XP, now after reading your link balamw it's an OEM System Builder software version.

    Anyway.... thanks for the help!:D

    Kinda still iffy on installing XP, just worried that it'll make my MBP succeptable to windows viruses. But if I just use it for gaming I guess I'll be fine.
     
  6. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030

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    The windows version can get infected with viruses; the OSX side will remain mostly safe. I say mostly because the virus can copy itself to the partition but it will be unable to be executed except on a PC. Also a windows virus could delete files / partitions and in theory destroy your OSX install.
     
  7. smartalic34 macrumors 6502a

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    just remember that if you do get any Windows viruses, your Mac OS X partition is safe and sound :)

    edit: beaten to it
     
  8. akswun thread starter macrumors regular

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    sigh*

    Just rethinking this over now... after recently doing the switch over to MAC(1month)... I really hate Windows.... the whole reason the switch happened was because I got 'another' virus on my desktop PC. For the 5 years I've had it I think i've formatted the HD 6 or 7 times. Had it cleaned twice(paid 30$ each time) to recover my files. Had hours of headaches finding the right drivers for hardware that I installed and probably still have the wrong drivers.

    I really don't want to mess up my MBP just for the sake of gaming. I think I'll just get my desktop PC cleaned one more time! and use it strictly for gaming.

    I've only had my MBP for a month and am totally blown away by how easy it is to use OS X. I'm blown away from how apple products work in unison..... I sound like a commercial....

    Is it really worth it to have Windows XP bootcamped???
     
  9. aiterum macrumors 6502

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    its pretty easy to get the drivers for XP from the OSX install discs, so i don't see how that is an issue for you. its also really easy to avoid viruses and catch them, especially if you install AVG or some other freeware anti-virus program. Also i've been using windows my entire life and have yet to actually get a virus on my computer.

    it just sounds to me like your just really bad with computers.
     
  10. macjunk(ie) macrumors 6502a

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    No...don't pollute your MBP :D

    well..its up 2 u actually...If you are not traveling much, I like the part where you clean your PC once more and use it strictly for playing 'licensed' games...:rolleyes:. I guess your PC will be safe then...
     
  11. maccompaq macrumors 65816

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    It is quite likely that your XP CD is the OEM version, and that SP2 was downloaded to the computer. If that is the case, you cannot install it on Bootcamp, because XP SP2 is required on the CD.
     
  12. akswun thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes... The version of XP that was installed on my PC is an OEM version and had to dl SP2. And to think of it my friend actually 'muBlinded' it to get the 'Real' updated version of SP2.

    The problems that I've had with XP through the 6 years I've had it were mostly because of bad web surfing habits. (sometimes theres that one picture in the corner that catches your eye:D) I never purchased a legit copy of Norton and had gotten to the point of not even using any anti-virus software. Everything about that PC was either OEM or keygen'd. Except for steam and my games. I can understand anyone who has had no problems with their versions of XP has either proper updates(I totally avoided, really didn't trust the updates) and ran legit anti-virus programs(I've used AVG, meh).

    Anyway.... I tried to bootcamp the OEM version the other day and of course it didn't work...
    Off to the PC repair shop!....
    I kinda hoped that I could've bootcamped the OEM version... Not willing to drop that kind of cash on XP at all... Growing up with windows and PCs and never having to pay for 'Real' versions of software has really stuck with me... Watching videos of people running Steam and playing CS on their macs makes me envious.....

    But when it comes to MBP I'm keeping it clean and am willing to pay for it. But not to bootcamp it... especially Just for gaming.....
     
  13. ildondeigiocchi macrumors 6502a

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    In my opinion: NO. Win7 is so much better than XP. XP has become outdated and lacks the polished look that Win7 offers. Programs run much faster under it than in XP. Just my 0.02$. ;)
     
  14. akswun thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you :D
    your .02$ is appreciated....

    now to find a student willing to hook me up with some EDU prices....
     
  15. aiterum macrumors 6502

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    no qualms with running an illegal version of XP, but have to pay for a 7 liscence? hmmmm :confused:
     

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