XP on Macbook Pro?

tunester63

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My desktop PC mobo fried itself and I'm going to use my MBP 15 to replace my desktop. The HDD with XP and programs that was in the desktop is fine and is partitioned into 3 sections. Is there a way to run XP on the MBP without doing a reload/ repair of XP if I put the HDD into an enclosure?
 

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nikhsub1

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My desktop PC mobo fried itself and I'm going to use my MBP 15 to replace my desktop. The HDD with XP and programs that was in the desktop is fine and is partitioned into 3 sections. Is there a way to run XP on the MBP without doing a reload/ repair of XP if I put the HDD into an enclosure?
Nope, it will never work. If it was Win7 maybe but not XP - it will bluescreen over and over.
 

yusukeaoki

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Not possible. And if your Mac is 2010 model or later, it cant even run XPs.
Only Windows 7. The recovery might of been possible if it was 7.
 

tunester63

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It's a 2010 MBP. I guess I can put the HDD in my wife's PC. Thanks for the info.
 

codymac

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It's somewhat possible, with caveats, and not exactly as you described.

The XP install can be P2V'd as a cold clone but you can expect a lot of minor issues to come up doing this with XP. Once cloned to a VM, it can be run virtualized using VMWare Fusion or Parallels.

If that doesn't make sense, you're better off putting the drive in another Windows machine and copying what you need off of it.

For further reading, google:
"P2V"
"cold clone"
"VMWare"