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Mac OS X 10.6.6 contains hidden Boot Camp changes

updated 10:50 am EST, Mon January 17, 2011

Drops XP, Vista references, requires download

Some subtle changes to Boot Camp were made with Mac OS X 10.6.6, a tip notes. When creating a Windows partition the tool now asks for an "authentic installation disc of Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate." Windows XP and Vista are no longer mentioned, suggesting that Apple is effectively dropping support for them.

Boot Camp is now also said to require the download of "additional software designed specifically for each Mac," consisting of drivers for components like keyboards, trackpads and webcams. Users are in fact told not to use software from a Mac OS X install disc or another computer. The change is likely meant to ensure that Mac owners install the absolute latest drivers on their machines, rather than outdated ones which could produce unnecessary troubleshooting burdens.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Alst

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    What model of Mac was this tried on? On a late 2009 iMac, Boot Camp Assistant still mentions XP and Vista. Is it not that Apple isn't providing support for older OSes on newer Macs because it's more trouble that it's worth? Certainly on the Mac I've got here, it seems older Macs that shipped with support for XP and Vista retain that in 10.6.6.

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969



    You probably want to remove the obvious torrent icon from your desktop before taking the screenshot next time.

  1. ChrisF

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    I only see this on a machine (2010 13" Macbook Pro) where I used the combo updater, and it won't actually download any updated drivers, so I'm not sure that this updated Bootcamp utility is really intended for all Macs or just the new Airs.

  1. Titanium Man

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This makes dual-boot Hackintoshes even more attractive. A cheaper system than a Mac Pro or an iMac, plus the option to boot any Windows OS you want, assuming you want one. Either that, or get Parallels or VMware Fusion with a real Mac if maximum Windows performance isn't essential, which isn't for most people.

  1. zerostar

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: LOL

    Actually that is a torrent to SP1 of Windows XP.
    There are many legal, even useful, things torrents are good for as well.

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'm not too happy about that since both

    of my computers have Windows XP on BootCamp. I find it very useful to run a few programs that aren't available on the Mac and I don't really require the extra bloat of Windows 7. What is odd is that most of the Wintel computers in the world are still running XP. Same goes for most corporations so why drop support for XP. When I redid a BootCamp XP installation in my 2009 iMac running OS 10.6.6 a few weeks back, I didn't notice anything unusual. I just stuck my XP disk in and fired up BootCamp, hit the Start Installation button and the process started. I never saw any reference to what version of Windows I was using. I already had a BC partition from the earlier install, so maybe that's why I didn't see the newer screens.

    About the dude's SP1 torrent (which is merely SP1 minus Windows). Most of the newer torrents of pirated Windows XP already have SP3 streamlined into them to save updating time.

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