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Apple\'s Boot Camp beta installs WinXP

updated 08:40 am EDT, Wed April 5, 2006

Boot Camp for Mactels

Apple today introduced Boot Camp, new public beta software that enables Intel-based Macs to run Windows XP. Available as a download beginning today, Boot Camp allows users with a Microsoft Windows XP installation disc to install Windows XP on an Intel-based Mac, and once installation is complete, users can restart their computer to run either Mac OS X or Windows XP. Apple said that Boot Camp will be a feature in "Leopard," Apple's next major release of Mac OS X, that will be previewed at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in August. "Apple has no desire or plan to sell or support Windows, but many customers have expressed their interest to run Windows on Apple's superior hardware now that we use Intel processors," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "We think Boot Camp makes the Mac even more appealing to Windows users considering making the switch."

Boot Camp simplifies Windows installation on an Intel-based Mac by providing a simple graphical step-by-step assistant application to dynamically create a second partition on the hard drive for Windows, to burn a CD with all the necessary Windows drivers, and to install Windows from a Windows XP installation CD. After installation is complete, users can choose to run either Mac OS X or Windows when they restart their computer.

The public beta of Boot Camp is available immediately as a download and is preview software licensed for use on a trial basis for a limited time. The final version of Boot Camp will be available as a feature in the upcoming Mac OS X version 10.5 "Leopard." Apple does not provide support for installing or running Boot Camp and does not sell or support Microsoft Windows software. Apple said that it welcomes user feedback on Boot Camp at bootcamp@apple.com.

Boot Camp requires an Intel-based Mac 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 10GB of free space on the startup disk; a blank recordable CD or DVD; and single-disc version of Windows XP Home Edition or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later.




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  1. 8minute

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    What the???

    This ain't some April Fools joke is it???

  1. yakirz

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Wonder what M$ will say?

    Will they be happy with this? I hope they're buying depends right now.

  1. Bartman

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    first

    first

  1. iolaire

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    nice

    I've been working from home using virtual PC just to run a Remote Desktop client (requires IE6), this would be a wonderful solution. Maybe I'll buy a refurbished iMac! To bad the full XP is $300+, makes the Apple $100 versions look good.

  1. yakirz

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    No joke!

    http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2006/apr/05bootcamp.html

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    h*** froze again

    First iTunes for Windows. Now Windows XP bootloaders by Apple for Intel Macs. What next? iChat AV for Linux?

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    YA BABY!!!

    PIRATES OF THE WORLD UNITE!!!! YYEEEHAAAAA!!

  1. legacyb4

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Dual boot

    Interesting to see what Leopard will bring; I'm less interested in dual boot solutions as I am built in, system level virtualization support.

  1. bbaenen

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    hmm...

    If I have an old copy of Virtual PC 6 that I'm not using and it is bundled Windows XP Pro, could I use that CD to install XP Pro using Boot Camp? Or is the VPC edition somehow different?

  1.  Fender

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    All life as we know it

    Earth just exploded. This will probably push my MacBook Pro purchase a lot closer.

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