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Macbook Dual Boot?


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w0lverine

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Hey guys, Is it possible to dual boot in a Mac laptop? Basically I would just need a drive i could partition so that both could be run, or does it require two seperate HDD's? I am not very adept with Mac's...
we got a new VP here requesting a macbook, but we'd need it to be able to run WinXP to be compatible with our system.

Any advice would be awesome.

Thx.
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whops, I missread this thread, please remove my reply

Edited by fleamailman, 07 September 2007 - 04:10 PM.

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I thought Apple offered "parallel" with XP already installed and able to run in a Virtual Machine environment from inside OSX.
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Thanks for the response fleamailman. =)

We are not looking to use linux unfortunately, as awesome as it is. And even if we did, I am sure the new Marketing VP would not have a clue how to use it, seeing as he is requesting a Macintosh from a company that is exclusively on WinXP, Dell Machines.

What our CEO said was that the VP requested a macbook with OS X and WinXP dual booted.

Also, the other network admin I work with mentioned that dual boot in macs is still in a sort of beta stage.? So I wouldn't really trust a mac with beta dual boot to a VP of Marketing. Possibly could lose months of hard work if he does the wrong thing on accident.
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thanks silverbeard. That is good info, but we are sort of deciding that we don't see the purpose of using a mac with XP on it, when we could just get a Dell with XP on it.

Also the whole apple customer service. sending back the machines for service is not beneficial to us here.

Thanks for your help.
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but we are sort of deciding that we don't see the purpose of using a mac with XP on it, when we could just get a Dell with XP on it.


What is the point of this discussion if Mac OSX is not what the company supports? The company is supplying the equipment so Mr. VP can live with the status quo or supply his own laptop and figure out how to make it work with the company system if IT and IS can make the set up work with Samba to share files. There is a version of MS Office for Mac that is compatible with Office 2003. Entourage is the same thing as Outlook so email systems will work. Of course if you need hosted applications (citrix, oracle) well then your pretty much out of luck because they only support Windows.
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the point of this discussion was to determine if a mac book could dual boot XP with OS X. not to figure out if it could run on our system. we already know that it isn't compatible with most of our programs. We've made our decision. sorry to bother you.
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There is many ways to run windows on the mac. I will list them below... I hope this helps:

Any of these will work on an intel (new mac) based mac. Look them over and make a wise choice, I will list them in an order I think is best to worst.

http://www.parallels...oducts/desktop/
http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/
http://www.apple.com/macosx/bootcamp/
http://www.codeweave...products/cxmac/
http://www.kju-app.org/kju/

If you have an old (Power PC) mac you will need to use one of these:

http://www.kju-app.org/kju/
http://www.microsoft...x?pid=virtualpc

Remember that many mac apps like iwork are compatible with windows office and (I think) are better.

Good luck
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I have an iMac and finally had to break down and install Windows XP on it, as some of the software required for my online classes isn't Mac OS X friendly. I had no trouble what so ever installing Windows XP and dual booting it with OS X, it's light years easier than dual booting two operating systems on a PC. Plus, believe it or not, XP runs much better on a Mac. Who woulda thought?

To dual boot on an Intel Mac, first you must download and install Boot Camp: http://www.apple.com/macosx/bootcamp/

After that it's insanely easy to get up and running, but you can only install Windows XP SP2 or Vista.

Oh, and you DO NOT need two separate HDD's to dual boot OS X and Windows on a Mac :whistling:
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