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Installing Windows XP on a hard partition (not using Boot Camp) fails

1800 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Jun 28, 2012 11:55 PM by ChangeAgent RSS
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Jun 5, 2012 12:57 AM

I want to install XP on a Hard partition on my MBP i5 (MacBookPro6,2).


I did a lot of searching on the net, but do not seem to be able to find a way to do it that works.  Reading about it, it seems like it should work if I make sure the Win partition is the last one on the HD, format it as Fat32 and than reformat it with the Win DVD. 


I have a MBP Core Duo, where I formatted the last partition in Fat32 and than ran the installer, reformat the Partition and bingo installed the Win software.  It runs fine.


However on the i5 that method does not seem to work and it refuses to install. 


Does anybody have any instructions as to how to do this?  Am I missing something? 

MBP, MM, MBP - 10.6 + Windooz XP on a hard partition
  • Templeton Peck Level 9 Level 9 (57,695 points)

    You cannot install it without using Boot Camp

  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (10,570 points)

    It is not clear what computer model and year you are trying to install XP on but there are no XP drivers for newer hardware.


    And, if you are not using Boot Camp Assistant, perhaps finding a more appropriate forum than the Boot Camp forum to post in may produce quicker and better responses.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,565 points)

    Windows still needs a MBR and Disk Utility alone won't cut it that is the one area where BCA or another tool is needed.


    If you wipe the entire hard drive and format it as MBR even then I have not seen a successful install on a dedicated hard drive in a Mac Pro tower.


    XP also will not align properly on an SSD.


    Why go through this? can't be cost because Windows 8 RP is here and free.


    And can't be because the Mac doesn't meet the requirements.


    XP is without support even from Microsoft and Vista SP2 has reached its EOL.

  • JayWitherspoon Calculating status...

    Can you give more details on how you installed XP?

    Did you use Boot Camp Assistant

    what about these missing drivers for XP?


    more details would be appreciatd...


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