7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 26, 2013 10:48 AM by Csound1
firefoxx Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I want to install Windows and have several questions - just for starters!

 

I have WindowsXP version 2002 with Service Pack 2.

 

1. I believe that I cannot use it with Mountain Lion. I can downgrade my Mini (used solely as a media center) to Snow Leopard - and use this computer for installing Windows. Correct?

2. Is Service Pack 3 needed? If so, is this a free download - as a Mac OS software update is - but under Windows? If so, do I install Windows first, and then download and install Service Pack 3?

3. Do I need to download Boot Camp? Version 4 seems to be the one that I need. (My Mini is mid-2010.) Does Boot Camp Assistant take care of downloading the appropriate version of Boot Camp?

4. On this page: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5634

this is found:

Note: To learn how to obtain and build the Apple Boot Camp Drivers installation media needed to install Windows for Apple hardware, see this article

the link “this article” is broken.

What is it that I need to do?

5. On this page:

http://support.apple.com/downloads/#macoscomponents

I do not see the download possibility for what I think I need: drivers for WindowsXP/BootCamp4. What do I do?

6. I think that I heard that one needs a “real” Windows computer in order to activate the Windows OS on my Mac. Is this correct?

 

Thanks in advance.


Mac mini, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3), mid-2010 / 2GB RAM
  • 1. Re: Installing Windows
    John Whittaker Level 1 Level 1 (100 points)

    As for 1, the following dodge worked for me with Vista, and could do for you with XP. Although Boot Camp would not recognise Vista as an installer, once a suitable partition was set up for Windows, it was possible to boot from the Windows installer DVD, and then choose the partition to install it. Once Windows is installed, Boot Camp will eventually let you know if it needs to be updated. (Apple Software Update in Windows.) It installed drivers for the Mac hardware, without me having to do anything by hand. Automatic update will eventually bring Windows up to date, and I think Service Pack 3 will come that way. Activation happens almost automatically using Windows on the Mac (Microsoft don't want you to use pirated software). 

  • 2. Re: Installing Windows
    firefoxx Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Do I understand from you the following ( the "bottom line" is):

    Use BC Assistant to partition the disk for a Windows installation, and then simply proceed with the installation. And everything will take care of itself?

     

    I read - from Apple's support pages - that I cannot use XP with Mountain Lion. You are suggesting that I "just do it"?

  • 3. Re: Installing Windows
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,420 points)

    XP will not work, you need W7 or 8.

  • 4. Re: Installing Windows
    John Whittaker Level 1 Level 1 (100 points)

    Vista worked about a fortnight ago, by using the install DVD as a boot disk (insert, hold down alt/option when restarting, and select install disk). You have to be careful selecting the partition, so that it does not erase your Mac HD or Recovery (the names of which are not obvious from the install boot). I only have a W7 upgrade licence and a W8 upgrade disk, so I had to install Vista to get started. Admittedly, I immediately upgraded to W8, so my observations about how easily Boot Camp and other things upgrade themselves may not be true with XP. Apple do not support anything earlier than W7, and Boot Camp Assistant will say you do not have an install disk if you try to do it that way. Of course, it may be that you cannot boot from the installer, but it is worth a try.

  • 5. Re: Installing Windows
    rtheb Level 1 Level 1 (140 points)

    Check here to see which Windows Version and Bootcamp works with your specific Macintosh Model..

     


  • 6. Re: Installing Windows
    firefoxx Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    @rtheb

    Thanks; I did originally check that support page.

    I thought that I would never touch Windows with a ten-foot-poll - and am a bit cautious about installing it. And not looking forward to it with gusto.

     

    What I see - and was asking for confirmation - was that no Mac running ML will support WinXP. And, if I downgrade my Mini to SL, it will.

     

    @Csound1

    "XP will not work, you need W7 or 8."

    Your opinion is that I cannot use WinXP at all. Not even on a mid-2010 Mini running Snow Leopard?

    That's not what I see - and that's why I'm cautious and confused.

     

    Concerning question 6:

    If it is true - and I repeat IF - is the reason that, at the time that one installs Windows, one cannot immediately use Windows to connect (wirelessly, at least) to the Internet, in order to register one's copy of Windows?

  • 7. Re: Installing Windows
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,420 points)

    firefoxx wrote:

     

    @Csound1

    "XP will not work, you need W7 or 8."

    Your opinion is that I cannot use WinXP at all. Not even on a mid-2010 Mini running Snow Leopard?

    That's not what I see - and that's why I'm cautious and confused.

     

    Concerning question 6:

    If it is true - and I repeat IF - is the reason that, at the time that one installs Windows, one cannot immediately use Windows to connect (wirelessly, at least) to the Internet, in order to register one's copy of Windows?

    If the Mac has 10.7 or later (Lion or Mountain Lion) then XP or Vista will not install, drivers sets are also not available. This does not make it impossible, just difficult. If the Mac is running 10.6 then it is possible and supported.

     

    Until the Windows Support Software (driver set) is installed you may not be able to connect to the Internet, this is not consistent, sometimes the Ethernet works, sometimes the WiFi, sometimes neither of them work.