April 6th, 2006 by Keith

Boot Camp for Mac (or Intel?) – Running Intel-based Macintosh

Posted in Mac OS, Software Companies, Utilities, Windows

Apple Boot Camp System Manager

Thanks to one of the members, mck9235, from Hostmatrix Forum, that I got to know about this new latest public beta release software from Apple®. Just yesterday, Apple introduced Boot Camp, a software that enables Intel-based Macs to run Microsoft Windows XP. I have belief this is following the guy who won the contest on trying to build a software that allowed Mac the ability to install Windows XP OS on their counterpart.

The purpose of Boot Camp if fairly straightforward. It allow users to with geniune (authentic) Microsoft Windows XP SP2 Installation CD to install Windows XP on an Intel-based Mac. Once installed, a reboot is all it takes for the computer to run either Mac OS X or Windows XP, with its own bootloader.

Since it is a public beta release, the download is available at the Boot Camp website, following the inclusion of your email address and agreeing to the terms and conditions laid out by Apple.


According to Apple, Boot Camp will be included as part of a feature in Apple’s next major Mac OS X release, “Leopard“, which is to be previewed later in August.

Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing said, “Apple has no desire or plan to sell or support Windows, but many customers have expressed their interest to run Windows on Apple’s superior hardware now that we use Intel processors. We think Boot Camp makes the Mac even more appealing to Windows users considering making the switch.

Upon installation of Boot Camp, there are some commands which Mac users will be interested to know. Simply hold down the option key (the “alt” key for Windows users) at startup to choose between Mac OS X and Windows. After starting up, the Mac will run Windows completely natively. A simple restart is all it takes to return to Mac environment, just like a simple bootloader.

System Requirements:

  • * Mac OS X Tiger v10.4.6 (check Software Update)
  • * The latest Firmware update (check Support Downloads)
  • * 10GB free hard disk space
  • * An Intel-based Mac
  • * A blank recordable CD
  • * A printer for the instructions (You’ll want to print them before installing Windows, really.)
  • * A bona fide installation disc for Microsoft Windows XP, Service Pack 2, Home or Professional (No multi-disc, upgrade or Media Center versions.)

As mentioned earlier, Boot Camp will be included in the next major release Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.

Step-by-step Installation:
Apple has introduced Space maker, an intuitive hard disk paritioning tool to ensure that Windows XP works well in Mac.

  1. Make sure your Intel-based Mac has the latest version of Mac OS X and the latest firmware update. These provide technologies that make Boot Camp possible. It’s also wise to print out the Installation & Setup Guide.
  2. The Boot Camp will burns a CD with the essential drivers required by Windows to recognise Mac-specific hardware. This step is crucial for the installation procedure of Windows XP.
  3. Boot Camp performs hard disk partitioning on-the-fly, without having to move the Mac files around. This will be necessary for Mac to allocate partition space for Windows XP to install into.
  4. Finally, insert your Windows installation disc, restart and follow the Windows installation process. The only tricky part is selecting the C: drive manually. Be sure to get this right, or you could erase your Mac files accidentally.
  5. After the installation process is complete and your Mac has booted Windows, you’ll need the Macintosh Drivers CD you burned previously. Insert the CD, and it will automatically install the drivers for you. Some helpful hints can be obtained by following the instructions in the Installation & Setup Guide.
  6. Be sure to protect and update your Windows systems!

This is an important note, Apple Computer does not sell or support Microsoft Windows.

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  4. val jansz Says:

    please tell me if having bootcamp on my mac will compromise the functions and snycronicity of the machine?
    thank you
    val

  5. Keith Says:

    Hi val, no it won’t. Bootcamp acts like a Boot Loader, if you understand this term. It does not affect the functionality of the machines. However, it is still important to note that you may not be able to use some of the functions that you use for Mac in Microsoft Windows, as the latter may not support certain features.

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