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Mac OS X 10.6: Installing Windows XP or Windows Vista on your Mac

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Installing Windows XP or Windows Vista on your Mac

You can install Windows XP or Windows Vista on your Mac using Boot Camp Assistant, located in the Utilities folder in the Applications folder.

Note:If you have already installed Boot Camp on your Mac and want to upgrade Windows, you don’t need to reinstall Boot Camp.

To install and set up Windows on your Mac, you’ll need an Intel-based Mac computer with:

  • A USB keyboard and mouse, or a built-in keyboard and trackpad

  • Mac OS X version 10.6 or later (the latest version of Mac OS X is strongly recommended)

  • The latest firmware updates installed

  • At least 10 GB of free space on the disk you’re installing on

  • A built-in optical disc drive, or, if you have a MacBook Air, a compatible external optical drive connected directly to your computer

  • A licensed copy of Windows XP Home Edition or Professional, or Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, or Ultimate

Important: You must use a single full-install Windows installation disc. To install Windows XP, you must have Service Pack 2 or later. Do not install Windows XP without Service Pack 2 and attempt to upgrade it later. Use only 32-bit versions of Windows. If you have a Mac Pro or a MacBook Pro introduced in early 2008 or later, you can use a 64-bit version of Windows Vista.

To install Windows on your Mac:

  1. Back up the important information on your computer.

  2. Open Boot Camp Assistant (located in the Utilities folder in the Applications folder).

  3. Print and follow the instructions in the “Boot Camp Installation & Setup Guide.”

To install Windows using Boot Camp, you must be logged in as an administrator of your computer.

Last Modified: Aug 6, 2013
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