How to get the most out of dual-booting Mac OS X and Windows XP on Apple Macs

“By letting you run Windows XP and Mac OS X side by side on the same computer, Apple’s Boot Camp beta gives you the best of both worlds. Here’s how to get the most out of dual-booting — including tips for making it all run smoothly,” Michael Brandenburg writes for TechWeb. “On April 6th, 2006, Apple changed the world. With several of its product lines transitioned over to Intel processors, the computer maker surprised the world by releasing a little product named Boot Camp into public beta testing. Boot Camp allows Windows XP SP2 to be installed alongside the standard Mac operating system, OS X, on Intel-based Macs.”

“The shockwave from this announcement was felt around the world. While some of the most fervent Mac faithful have rejected the notion of installing Windows on their machines, many Mac users see Boot Camp as a way to run that one required application that only runs on Windows, instead of having to have a separate machine. And many Windows users, myself included, see this as a door finally swinging open, allowing us access to the two most popular operating systems on one single machine. Although still in beta release, Boot Camp delivers on the promise of a dual personality on a single machine,” Brandenburg writes. “There continues to be a bit of confusion over what Boot Camp is and isn’t. It is not an emulation of Windows XP within the Mac operating system. It is a dual-boot option for Apple hardware that takes advantage of the fact that the firmware on Intel-based Apple products has been upgraded to allow support for Windows XP. While dual-booting is new to the Mac universe, it’s a rather familiar experience in the PC world. Anyone who has installed Linux alongside Windows on his or her PC will find Boot Camp similar.”

MacDailyNews Note: Actually, Mac users have been dual-booting Mac operating systems and Linux and UNIX-derivatives for years (more info).

Brandenburg offers up a guide to “The Joys Of Dual-Booting” which includes:
• Installation
• Making It All Play Nicely
• Everyday Dual-Booting

Full article here.

[UPDATE: 2:49pm EDT: fixed link tag.]

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  1. As MDN has written many times: “Embrace first. Then extinguish.”

    But who is embracing who? (Yeah, I know my who and whom grammar is probably not right.)
    How many Apple people going to switch to Windows after they see Windows runs faster than OSX????

    With Vista looking like osx, Vista people will think Apple copied microsoft.

  2. “With Vista looking like osx, Vista people will think Apple copied microsoft.”

    Not true. Mac users already know this isn’t true, and Windows users will too since MacOSX looks like it does NOW, and they are seeing it NOW, not a year from now when VISTA (or whatever they are calling it today) get released.

  3. This at least allows people stupid enough to purchase battery exploding, overheating, and overpriced Macs to run a real operating system with real applications. Only Apple could convince users to but a computer that emulates execution of critical packages and sell it for a premium.

    With Boot Camp at least Apple users can run Windows to acess the latest in business, graphics, and games. Or you could save a bundle and just get a Dell or HP.

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