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Want to install Windows on my MacBook...am I out of luck?

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Feb 19, 2014 6:16 PM

Hi guys,

 

So I have a Late 2008 Unibody 13" MacBook ("MacBook 5,1") which I recently upgraded by installing Mavericks (previously had Snow Leopard.)

 

I want to install Windows on a partition via Boot Camp. Previously, I had Windows XP installed, but I had deleted the Boot Camp partition to free up space for my Mac HD prior to upgrading to Mavericks.

 

But now I see that the new version of Boot Camp that comes with Mavericks (Version 5.1.0) has dropped support for Windows XP.

 

Moreover, this page on Apple's support website tells me that Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 are not supported on my MacBook model: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5634

 

So, am I screwed? Is there no version of Windows that can work with my MacBook model (MacBook 5,1) and Boot Camp 5.1.0?

 

Please help!

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,295 points)

    Do you need to run XP natively, or will virtualization suffice?  If it will, try Virtual Box. It's free.

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,295 points)

    Well, then you are either going to have to revert to Snow Leopard, use virtualization, or stop playing. I very much doubt Apple will provide support for a dead OS.

    However, I don't know if there are any possible workarounds.

     

    It is also possible that the game was "ported" or "emulated" on OS X and virtualization might provide better performance. As I stated, VB is free. No harm in trying. I would imagine you should get better performance out of one of the paid VMs, but again, I don't know.

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