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Can't get W-XP installed with ML10.8; nor can I install Bootcamp 2 or 3 ?!

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Oct 25, 2012 10:11 AM

Hello everybody,

Searched the fora on the net; can't find my answers. Please help ??


Having an MBP late 2008 (unibody, intel, 2.4Ghz 4Gb) the old HD faded and I replaced it with new HD. Installed new Mountain Lion 10.8 on it.

I need my accounting software which is ... windows based, in fact it needs windows no later than XP. Sorry guys...

So Windows partition is required. The interface is Parallels Desktop 7, but could be replaced.


Meanwhile, I have created a partition for Windows, FAT (DOS) formatted through Disk Utility.

The Bootcamp installer on 10.8 (which is version 5) will definately only install Windows7. It will ask: need additional drivers? and: create partition to install Windows 7? (or: now I created a partition: delete partition?); one cannot leave any of the questions unchecked.

I do not have W-7 (I saw that W-7 has an addtional program that emulates XP so it could work). I have a legal copy of W-XP

I do not have W-XP installed yet; don't know how to do that. I thought to start the MBP, hold "C" and install W-XP but some people advised not to do this (although the boot CD of W-XP works just fine). This is the first problem.

Apple Support mentions to use Bootcamp 2. Can't find 2.0 but only upgrades to 2.1 and 2.2. So this is the second obstacle.

Discussion Boards tell that BC2 is on the install CD's of (snow) Leopard. I can't find on Leopard CD, other than having to install OS-X 10.5 ??? This is the third problem.

Besides, the Bootcamp 2 or 3 apps are EXE files. OS-X cannot handle EXE files. So I wonder how to install these? This is the fourth problem.

Parallels Dekstop could install W-XP, but not on the later versions that are required for Lion or Mountain Lion. Obstacle 5.


Please help to install W-XP !?!?

What are the steps required ???

I 'm starting to get desperate........



MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Windows XP SP3


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