WinXP not installing

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by zephonic, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. zephonic macrumors 65816

    zephonic

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    I have an old copy of WinXP-SP2 that I want to install on my '09 MacPro.

    I have had this copy of WinXP on my trusty old '07 iMac for many years and it has worked flawlessly...well, as flawless as WinXP gets, anyway.

    I have four hdd's on my MacPro, one of them dedicated to a clone of my old system and bootcamp. I let Bootcamp Assistant handle the partitioning (it will not work with pre-partitioned disks) and follow the instructions.

    Upon inserting the WinXP CD, the system restarts and begins to setup, but after a while and a lot of activity I get a screen that asks me to either:

    - press 'enter' to install
    - press 'F3' to quit
    - press 'r' to do something else, I forgot what and didn't write that down.

    No matter how many times I press 'return' or 'enter' (numpad), nothing happens. Pressing 'F3' does not do anything either. The only option left is a hard reset (hold power button) and quickly eject the CD after power on.

    Now, everymac.com states that WinXP should be supported with my MacPro, but Bootcamp Assistant DID say I need Windows 7. I'm not gonna fork out $199 just to play old games.

    What gives???


    System specs:

    '09 MacPro 2.66GHz quad (Xeon W3520) Nehalem
    12 GB RAM
    1x640GB, 3x 1TB HDD
    nVidia GT120-512MB GPU

    OSX 10.6.8

    WinXP SP2
     
  2. wackymacky macrumors 68000

    wackymacky

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    You didn't update bootcamp from 3.2 to 3.3 when you went to 10.6.8 did you? It Does'nt support windows XP.
     
  3. zephonic thread starter macrumors 65816

    zephonic

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    Shucks, is that what that is? Any way I can downgrade to 3.2?
     

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