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kskong Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi,

I'm currently using Macbook 13.3" Unibody (bought in May 2009). May I know if it is possible to have all the 3 OS: Snow Leopard, Windows Xp and Windows 7 on my Macbook (in different partitions)?

Does anybody try that before? Will it work?

Thanks a lot.

MacBook 13.3" Unibody, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,110 points)
    no, this will not work. you can only have one windows partition on one drive and it has to be the last partition on the drive. there is absolutely no way around that. bootcamp assistant will let you create it but you'll have to decide which version of windows to put there. but it's possible to run as many versions of windows as you want from OS X by using a windows virtualization program like VMware, Virtual Box or Parallels. also, keep in mind that, while a lot of people seem to run windows 7 in bootcamp just fine, windows 7 via bootcamp is not yet officially supported by apple. windows 7 bootcamp drivers will only be released later this year.
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3920
  • donv (The Ghost) Level 5 Level 5 (4,600 points)
    If you must choose one, then definitely Win7. Win7 runs perfectly on my MBP. Originally, the color was good, but I could not run the WEI. So, I installed the latest NVIDIA driver, and all was good, including having the NVIDIA control panel.

    V.K. Is it possible to Boot Camp a Windows installation on a bootable external with, say, Sno on the first partition of the drive? If so, then assuming OP is willing to buy the drives, then he could run all three Wins.
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,110 points)
    windows is not designed to run on external drives. at least that's true for XP. I don't know about windows 7. you normally can not install XP on an external at all even if you don't partition it or put any other OS on the external. I've seen claims by some posters on this forums that there are some hacks around this limitation but I don't know how to do it.
  • kskong Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Really appreciated the replies.

    I'm wondering after I install my Windows 7 on my Boot Camp, can I follow the instructions in this website to install Windows XP?

    http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/1713/windows7_and_vista_and_xp_simple_multi_bootguide/index3.html

    Or I cannot do that because it's a Macbook?

    Thanks again...
  • Lyssa Level 6 Level 6 (17,635 points)
    I believe the Mac won't recognize that additional Windows installation, even if it is successful.

    You may want to try the Boot Camp forum of the Discussions and see if a clearer answer has been posted there.

    ~Lyssa
  • donv (The Ghost) Level 5 Level 5 (4,600 points)
    Thanks V.K. Right; it takes SuperWinMan to get even Win7 to boot from an external in general. I was talking about installing, say, Sno on and external and then using Boot Camp to install Windows on a second partition. I have never tried doing so, and I am short partitions right now, but I suspect it would work. ????
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,110 points)
    donv (The Ghost) wrote:
    Thanks V.K. Right; it takes SuperWinMan to get even Win7 to boot from an external in general. I was talking about installing, say, Sno on and external and then using Boot Camp to install Windows on a second partition. I have never tried doing so, and I am short partitions right now, but I suspect it would work. ????

    ah, I didn't get that at first. I don't know if this will work or not, sorry. I suspect that it won't but I don't know for sure. maybe somebody on the bootcamp forum will know.
  • donv (The Ghost) Level 5 Level 5 (4,600 points)
    Thanks V.K. The next time I free up some space I will try it. My curiosity is up. Right now, given my poor choice of partitions sizes initially, the partitions I use for testing and OS clonings is "full."
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (60,880 points)
    You can shrink a partition, the trouble is that it confuses OS X's Startup Disk slightly; you can though then use Windows multi-boot OS manager.

    Installing an older version of Windows after you have Vista or 7 can cause problems (I assume the article has a work around like reboot from Windows 7 DVD to repair BCD).

    You should always have an external copy of Mac OS though that you can boot from, do repairs, and prior to any updates (in addition to or in place of TimeMachine).

    There are some PC motherboards that have the ability to boot from SATA ports, but only because the motherboard and not 3rd party chipset or controller, and you have to configure your devices in the BIOS. Most don't though.

    Windows 7 Pro with XP Mode, but I don't know if that will work on Mac if you can't change the hardware VT settings, you can of course use a VM, but XP Mode runs XP applications 'natively' and uses a new XP virtual machine, for apps that are old and won't even run in Windows 7.
  • donv (The Ghost) Level 5 Level 5 (4,600 points)
    The instructions don't apply to a Mac. If you were doing a dual boot on a Win machine, it is much better to install XP before Vista. I am not sure if things have changed with Win7, but I doubt it. But, an important question is why run either XP or Vista along with Win7. Win7 has a good XP mode. And, Win7 is sort of to Vista what Sno is to Leo. So, if you would prefer Sno to Leo, you probably would prefer Win7 to Vista.
  • brainslice Level 2 Level 2 (410 points)
    See this http://refit.sourceforge.net/

    Also, W7 must still be installed in the BIOS mode. This will change if Apple ever decides to move up to UEFI 2.
  • donv (The Ghost) Level 5 Level 5 (4,600 points)
    Perhaps on some machines. But, Win7 definitely did not need to installed using the "BIOS mode" on my MBP/Boot Camp.
  • kskong Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm planning to install Win XP because some of the softwares cannot run on Win 7 64 bit. The XP mode does not run smoothly on Win 7 (probably because I don't have sufficient RAM - I only have 4Gb now).

    When I tried to install Win XP (after having Win 7 pre-installed), the setup did not continue after the first reboot (i.e. after copying the setup files) - it said:

    File:\NTLDR
    Status:0XC000000F
    and some other messages

    So the next thing I did was to boot into Win 7 and replaced the file for the Win XP, but the same message appeared again (tried for few times). Anyone has any idea what to do?

    Thanks. =)
  • donv (The Ghost) Level 5 Level 5 (4,600 points)
    OK you want to install XP. Just use Boot Camp Assistant to install XP--deleting or formatting as necessary. Have you tried this approach?
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