6 Replies Latest reply: Sep 22, 2013 5:42 PM by Kappy
woodmanm Level 1 (0 points)

What is the best way to configure a dual boot on my MAC Bookpro laptop? Also, can I dual boot Windows 8 and MAC OS?

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)
  • Kappy Level 10 (263,335 points)

    The first alternative is a dual-boot arrangement between OS X and Windows provided with OS X.


    Windows on Intel Macs


    There are presently several alternatives for running Windows on Intel Macs.


         1. Install the Apple Boot Camp software.  Purchase Windows

             XP w/Service Pak2, Vista, or Windows 7.  For Boot Camp

             4.0 and above you can only use Windows 7 or later. Follow

             instructions in the Boot Camp documentation on

             installation of Boot Camp, creating Driver CD, and

             installing Windows.  Boot Camp enables you to boot the

             computer into OS X or Windows.

         2. Parallels Desktop for Mac and Windows XP, Vista Business,

             Vista Ultimate, or Windows 7.  Parallels is software

             virtualization that enables running Windows concurrently

             with OS X.

         3. VM Fusion and Windows XP, Vista Business, Vista Ultimate,

             or Windows 7.  VM Fusion is software virtualization that

             enables running Windows concurrently with OS X.

         4. CrossOver which enables running many Windows

             applications without having to install Windows.  The

             Windows applications can run concurrently with OS X.

         5. VirtualBox is an Open Source freeware virtual machine such

             as VM Fusion and Parallels that was developed by Solaris.

             It is not as fully developed for the Mac as Parallels and VM



    Note that VirtualBox, Parallels, and VM Fusion can also run other operating systems such as Linux, Unix, OS/2, Solaris, etc.  There are performance differences between dual-boot systems and virtualization.  The latter tend to be a little slower (not much) and do not provide the video performance of the dual-boot system. See MacTech Labs- Virtualization Benchmarks, January 2013 | MacTech for comparisons of Boot Camp, Parallels, and VM Fusion. Boot Camp is only available with Leopard or Snow Leopard. Except for Crossover and a couple of similar alternatives like DarWine you must have a valid installer disc for Windows.


    You must also have an internal optical drive for installing Windows. Windows cannot be installed from an external optical drive.

  • arcduc Level 1 (0 points)



    I managed to install WinXP (SP3) on a MacBook Pro (Lion, OSX). Subsequently, the USB ports on the Windows side do not work. In contract, they work on the on the Mac side.


    Any suggestions on how to remedy the Windows side? 



  • Kappy Level 10 (263,335 points)

    Install the Windows drivers included with Boot Camp Assistant or will be found on the OS X installer disc for Snow Leopard.

  • arcduc Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks. (1) No installer disc was received when new Macbook Pro (Lion, 10.7.5) was purchased; (2) the Boot Camp Assistant Windows drivers [for USB support] would not install.



  • Kappy Level 10 (263,335 points)

    You should have either Boot Camp 4.0 or 5.0, then. You download the drivers through Boot Camp Assistant.