Using a Microsoft Windows XP installation disc that you provide, Apple’s new Boot Camp Beta software enables you to install Windows XP on an Intel-based Macintosh computer. After installation, you can start up your computer using either Windows XP or Mac OS X. The Windows XP operating system and files are stored in a separate partition on the startup disk, so installing Windows won’t affect your Macintosh files or operating system. Boot Camp Assistant simplifies Windows installation by helping you create the Windows partition and burning a CD with software drivers than enable Windows XP to work with your Macintosh hardware. Then, Boot Camp Assistant restarts your Macintosh using your Windows XP installation disc so you can install Windows.
Here’s what you’ll need to install and set up Windows XP on your Macintosh:
• An Intel-based Macintosh computer, with:
• a USB keyboard and mouse, or a built-in keyboard and trackpad
• Mac OS X version 10.4.6 or later
• the latest firmware update
• At least 10 GB of free space on your startup disk
• Boot Camp Assistant (installed by BootCampAssistant.pkg in /Applications/Utilities/)
• A blank recordable CD or DVD
• Windows XP Home Edition or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later
Installing Windows XP on your Macintosh computer involves the following steps:
Step 1: Update your computer’s system software and firmware, if necessary.
Step 2: Run Boot Camp Assistant which helps you with these tasks:
• Burning a Macintosh Drivers CD: You’ll use the Macintosh Drivers CD, after you install Windows XP, to install Macintosh-specific drivers and other software.
• Creating a partition for Windows XP: Boot Camp Assistant creates a second partition on your computer’s internal startup disk for the Windows XP operating system.
• Starting the Windows XP installation: Boot Camp Assistant gets you started with the Windows XP installation.
Step 3: Install Windows XP.
Step 4: Install Macintosh-specific drivers and other software on your Windows XP volume.
Important: You must use a single-disc, full-install Windows XP CD that includes Service Pack 2. You cannot use an upgrade version of Windows XP, or install an earlier version of Windows XP and update it later to SP2.
More info in Apple’s full Boot Camp Beta Installation & Setup Guide here.
Information and download link for the public beta of Boot Camp is available here.
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