1 Reply Latest reply: Sep 15, 2011 7:52 PM by Kappy
bobio Level 2 Level 2 (310 points)

I currently run Windows XP with Boot Camp and Snow Leopard.  I am going to upgrade to Lion and understand from the Apple info that XP will not run with Boot Camp and Lion.  I use Windows so rarely that it is not worth purchasing and installing a newer version.  How do I delete/elimiate the boot camp partition, AND, should I do this before or after upgrading to Lion?  Thanks!

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (247,085 points)

    Open Boot Camp Assistant to delete the Windows partition and restore your startup volume to its full capacity. Do this before upgrading to Lion. I would also do the following:

     

    How to Install Lion Successfully - You must have Snow Leopard 10.6.7 or 10.6.8 Installed

     

    A. Repair the Hard Drive and Permissions:

     

    Boot from your Snow Leopard Installer disc. After the installer loads select your language and click on the Continue button. Then select Disk Utility from the Utilities. After DU loads select your hard drive entry (mfgr.'s ID and drive size) from the the left side list.  In the DU status area you will see an entry for the S.M.A.R.T. status of the hard drive.  If it does not say "Verified" then the hard drive is failing or failed. (SMART status is not reported on external Firewire or USB drives.) If the drive is "Verified" then select your OS X volume from the list on the left (sub-entry below the drive entry,) click on the First Aid tab, then click on the Repair Disk button. If DU reports any errors that have been fixed, then re-run Repair Disk until no errors are reported. If no errors are reported click on the Repair Permissions button. Wait until the operation completes, then quit DU and return to the installer. Now restart normally. 

     

    If DU reports errors it cannot fix, then you will need Disk Warrior (4.3.) if DW cannot fix the drive, then you will need to reformat the drive and reinstall Snow Leopard.

     

    B. Make a Bootable Backup Using Restore Option of Disk Utility:

     

    1. Open Disk Utility from the Utilities folder.
    2. Select the destination volume from the left side list.
    3. Click on the Restore tab in the DU main window.
    4. Check the box labeled Erase destination.
    5. Select the destination volume from the left side list and drag it to the Destination entry field.
    6. Select the source volume from the left side list and drag it to the Source entry field.
    7. Double-check you got it right, then click on the Restore button.

     

    Destination means the backup volume. Source means the internal startup volume.

     

    C. Important: Please read before installing:

     

    1. If you have a FireWire hard drive connected, disconnect it before installing the update unless you will boot from this drive and install the update on it. Reconnect it and turn it back on after installation is complete and you've restarted.
    2. You may experience unexpected results if you have installed third-party system software modifications, or if you have modified the operating system through other means. (This does not apply to normal application software installation.)
    3. The installation process should not be interrupted. If a power outage or other interruption occurs during installation, use the standalone installer (see below) from Apple Downloads to update.  While the installation is in progress do not use the computer.

     

    D. To upgrade to Lion:

     

    1. Purchase the Lion Installer from the Mac App Store. The download will start quickly. Lion is nearly 4 GBs so a fast internet connection is essential. Download time could run upwards of 4 hours depending upon network conditions and server demands at the time.
    2. Boot From The Lion Installer which is located in your Applications folder.
    3. Follow instructions for installation.