Boot Camp for Intel-Based Macs

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Current Version: 1.2 beta (March 28, 2007)

MacVM Note: It’s not exactly virtualization, but it can’t be ignored that other OSes can now be installed and dual-boot on official Apple machines.

Official Requirements:

* Mac OS X Tiger v10.4.6 or later
* The latest Firmware updates (Support Page)
* 10GB free hard disk space
* An Intel-based Mac
* A blank recordable CD
* A printer for the instructions (You’ll want to print them before installing Windows, really.)
* A bona fide installation disc for Microsoft Windows XP, Service Pack 2, Home or Professional (No multi-disc, upgrade or Media Center versions.)

Official Description:

As elegant as it gets

Boot Camp lets you install Windows XP without moving your Mac data, though you will need to bring your own copy to the table, as Apple Computer does not sell or support Microsoft Windows.(1) Boot Camp will burn a CD of all the required drivers for Windows so you don’t have to scrounge around the Internet looking for them.
System Manager

Once you’ve completed Boot Camp, simply hold down the option key at startup to choose between Mac OS X and Windows. (That’s the “alt” key for you longtime Windows users.) After starting up, your Mac runs Windows completely natively. Simply restart to come back to Mac.

Update History
Boot Camp v1.1.2 beta – October 30, 2006

Other Articles:
* February, 2007 Macworld Hands On with Windows Vista on Macs
* June, 2006 Macworld review of Parallels Desktop for Mac – Compares against Boot Camp
* Signing up for Boot Camp – Macworld – April 2006 article
* Macworld’s Boot Camp FAQ

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