Apple Boot Camp


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.Neo

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More and more people are buying and loving Macs. To make this choice simply irresistible, Apple will include technology in the next major release of Mac OS X, Leopard, that lets you install and run the Windows XP operating system on your Mac. Called Boot Camp (for now), you can download a public beta today.

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.

Run XP natively

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.

http://www.apple.com/macosx/bootcamp/

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lieb39

oh..my..god.

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toastyghost

Woahhh. I didn't expect this. Will test it later.

I wonder if they're using the method discovered by the winner of that contest?

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Menge

HOLY SH!!!!!

from Apple?!?! WOW! :|

what about drivers? do they provide them?

edit: YES! they DO provide drivers :|

edit2: i just realized... blanka and that other guy got 13 grand for doing something that Apple'd do officially later on :p

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Keito

I need to say hello to my new MacBook as I don't see myself using windows for anything else then school software then :p

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hinz

looool!! Guess they thought if people are going to run windows on macs they might as get them to use mac software.

Next thing you know Apple will start shipping with Windows lol just kidding

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Mouldy Punk

If only more companies would do nice stuff like this =)

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.Neo

You can even select Windows with Startup Disc in System Preferences and Apple made a Startup Disc control panel for Windows XP too. :|

Frankly I find it unbelievable why Microsoft didn't include something simple like that to switch between Windows startup discs.

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madnuke

And so it begins! The assimulation of the last outpost of differnet operating system.

Microsoft is the borg, resistance is futile.

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The Pot

More and more people are buying and loving Macs. To make this choice simply irresistible, Apple will include technology in the next major release of Mac OS X, Leopard, that lets you install and run the Windows XP operating system on your Mac. Called Boot Camp (for now), you can download a public beta today.

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

Optional alt. At startup, hold down the option key (alt) to choose between Mac OS X and Windows.

Run XP natively

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.

http://www.apple.com/macosx/bootcamp/

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dheaddy

This is extraordinary, and pretty unexpected!

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hobier

now if only microsoft provides a similar software to install Mac OS on a normal PC.....we'd save plenty of money on the expensive apple hardware n still manage to use the most powerfull OS

edited:

ooops i forgot MS wont do that just 'cause that would hurt them more as MS is a software company first and they wouldnt wanna start promoting Mac OS. In terms of APPLE Co. it works great for them....ppl buy there hardware which comes with pre-installed OS n they're makin $hit loads of money on it

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gadean

This is sweet. Makes the change even more tempting.

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DaCypher

I guess this just reaffirms that Apple is a hardware company. Microsoft, on the other hand, is a software company who would never offer a similar solution to install OSX on a PC (assuming you could even obtain OSX legally to do this).

I wonder if offering the ability to install Windows on a Mac was a big reason for Apple switching to Intel CPUs?

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.Neo

now if only microsoft provides a similar software to install Mac OS on a normal PC.....we'd save plenty of money on the expensive apple hardware n still manage to use the most powerfull OS

That would be illegal.

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Menge

i think EVERYONE is happy.

Apple - Sells more machines cause people who were affraid of not running Windows now can run windows = more people buy Macs

Microsoft - Now Windows runs on Macs. Mac people who might need windows for something can now run Windows = more people buy Windows

Users - Now can buy a computer (Mac) that runs both OS X and Windows natively and happily choose between them :)

that's nice!

now I want to officially run OS X on my PC without having to buy a Mac :ninja:

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Inplode

:o Hell has frozen over!!!!!

indeed it has

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instant.human

oh my freaking god.

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.Neo

Gotta love what Apple wrote on their Boot Camp site:

EFI and BIOS

Macs use an ultra-modern industry standard technology called EFI to handle booting. Sadly, Windows XP, and even the upcoming Vista, are stuck in the 1980s with old-fashioned BIOS. But with Boot Camp, the Mac can operate smoothly in both centuries.

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pixated

Yeah I loled at that. :D

Damn.. I'm tempted to sell everything I've got now and buy a MacBook Pro. Must.. ressist.. I just wub my iBook to much. :(

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RubberJabber

Seen all the comments down the side slagging Windows off?

"Macs use an ultra-modern industry standard technology called EFI to handle booting. Sadly, Windows XP, and even the upcoming Vista, are stuck in the 1980s with old-fashioned BIOS. But with Boot Camp, the Mac can operate smoothly in both centuries."

"Windows running on a Mac is like Windows running on a PC. That means it?ll be subject to the same attacks that plague the Windows world. So be sure to keep it updated with the latest Microsoft Windows security fixes."

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bontakun

this is possibly the weirdest thing i have ever heard of

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ATLien_0

couple of things, pc users need efi, second, when is microsoft gonna release software to run osx on a windows based computer :)

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