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HT1899: Boot Camp: System requirements for Microsoft Windows

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HT1899 Can I install and run Windows XP on my MacBook Pro 13in. OS X 10.7.5?  If so, where can I buy it?

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I'm planning to use my macbook pro to record music, but some of the programs I will be using are only compatible with Windows.  I was told that it was possible to install & run windows XP onto my macbook pro by using Bootcamp.  I just don't know how fullproof or problematic this might be, or if it has even been successfully attempted yet.  Please help!

Thx, K

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.5), 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3
  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (10,570 points)

    XP is not supported by Bootcamp and Lion. Install Windows 7.

  • dalstott Level 4 Level 4 (2,445 points)

    You can use XP with 10.7.x by installing XP when the Mac is operating from OS X 10.6.8. It can then be up graded to 10.7.x. Below I have reproduced the "Hatter " method instructions that I have used successfully. If your MBP cannot boot from and install 10.6.8 then it is a no go situation.




    Upgrade 10.6.8 to 10.7 or 10.8


    Use a maintenance utility like Yasu or Cocktail to prepare existing internal Mac OSX  HDD.


    Clone the internal Mac partition to an external HDD with SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner.


    Restart from the cloned external HDD and select it as the startup volume via System Preferences / Startup Disk.


    Install 10.7 or 10.8 on the cloned external HDD replacing 10.6.8 or 10.7.x.


    Install 10.7.x or 10.8.x updates on the external HDD


    Restart the updated 10.7.x or 10.8.x  external HDD and test and adjust the preferences if needed.


    When satisfied, clone only  the 10.7.x or 10.8.x  external HDD back to the existing internal Mac HDD replacing 10.6.8 or 10.7.x  but don't include the recovery partition.


    The Boot Camp partition will not be altered as to drive id which appeared to cause problems for a few people.


    The recovery partition will be on the ext HDD and can be used for trouble shooting. A more convenient way to have the recovery/reinstallation environment is to create a Lion install USB thumb drive.

  • intelligent_najam Calculating status...

    Its Many a times when we struck on windows 7..Like many software of windows not work on it...So windows xp is best till now..Not even Windows 8.So what you can do is Install virtual pc software on it and after that install Xp on it.

    It will work fine and you can do whatever you want with that..

    If still you have any query then you may contact me on my fb account as


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