Step-by step instructions for booting Windows XP on an Apple Intel-based Mac

“Ramblings of a Computer Guru” blog has posted step-by-stp instructions for booting Windows XP on a “MacBook” – we’re assuming that, if this works, it also works for Intel-based iMacs, which would be a good thing since those are actually shipping while we wait for the MacBook Pro to ship.

So, for those types who’d probably enjoy dumping 10 gallons of leaded gas mixed with two cups of sawdust into a running Audi A8’s gas tank just to see what happens, the step-by-step theoretical instructions are here. We have no idea if it actually works and there doesn’t seem to be any verifiable proof of anyone having successfully bastardized an Intel-based Macintosh using this method, yet.

If you try it, let us know how it all works out.

Of interest: The Windows XP on an Intel Mac Contest pot stood at $8,133 at 12:27 CST today and has not yet been claimed.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews reader “Too Hot!” for the heads up.]

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Related MacDailyNews article:
Is Steve Jobs prepping ‘The Cupertino Project’ – Intel-based Macs that will run Windows apps, too? – December 27, 2005
Prize to boot Windows XP on an Intel Mac reward surpasses US$7,000 – January 26, 2006
Growing reward pot awaits first person to get Windows XP running on Intel-based Mac – January 24, 2006


  1. Why wreck your Mac OS X drive with WinXP malware?

    We need a virtual machine, not a dual-boot. It seems like all the problems outlined are solvable with a VM. Heck, VirtualPC had to overcome much bigger obstacles than that!

  2. “why????

    Half-life 2. Far Cry. Fear. Black & White 2 (I mean playing it now instead having to wait for the mac port)….. nuff said.”

    I’ll give you that…okay, where’s the video walkthrough? I ain’t doing it for a while, but if it’s fail safe, I’ll think about it. I’d like to see it done though.

  3. Madhatter,

    What are you smoking? The iMac Core Duos smoked the iMac G5s in almost every benchmark on that second link, and on the first link, the guy admits he’s not sure how he’ll be able to go back to surfing the web on his G5 since the new iMacs feel so much faster.

    While you’re at it, why don’t you include this link in your sample:

    To sum up, from your links and the one I provided here, you’d have to pay $1000 more to get a G5 that can beat the performance of one of the new iMacs.

    Next time you want to make a point, at least make it convincing.

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