Question for techy, Mac-knowledgeable guys

  • Timbales

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    Nov 09, 2012 1:52 AM GMT
    My husband is planning on buying an iMac for the house for work (photography).

    I have a program I use that is Windows only. I own a copy of WindowsXP.

    Is it possible to partition the hard drive and install XP on it without it being detrimental to the MacOS?
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    Nov 09, 2012 2:11 AM GMT
    Timbales saidMy husband is planning on buying an iMac for the house for work (photography).

    I have a program I use that is Windows only. I own a copy of WindowsXP.

    Is it possible to partition the hard drive and install XP on it without it being detrimental to the MacOS?


    Mac OS X comes with software "Boot Camp" that will allow you to partition the drive and install Windows but current Macs Only support Windows 7 and I think 8.
  • Timbales

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    Nov 09, 2012 2:15 AM GMT
    The_Gingerhead_Man said
    Timbales saidMy husband is planning on buying an iMac for the house for work (photography).

    I have a program I use that is Windows only. I own a copy of WindowsXP.

    Is it possible to partition the hard drive and install XP on it without it being detrimental to the MacOS?


    Mac OS X comes with software "Boot Camp" that will allow you to partition the drive and install Windows but current Macs Only support Windows 7 and I think 8.


    Cool, thanks.
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    Nov 09, 2012 4:03 AM GMT
    There is a third-party solution called "parallels" that is similar to "boot camp" except that it lets you run multiple virtual machines at the same time. Instead of re-booting into windows, you can run windows at the same time and just flip back and forth. Of course, it uses a lot of system resources.

    I think it may allow you to run XP, but you'd have to get into the fine print.
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    Nov 09, 2012 4:36 AM GMT
    Don't dual boot, unless the Windows software you want to use is hardware intensive. It's just a lot easier to run Windows in a virtual machine. Parallels is excellent on Mac. Or if you want a free option, give VirtualBox a try. Not really my personal favorite. But if you're only running Windows for that one piece of Windows software, I don't see any point in paying money for Parallels.
  • Timbales

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    Nov 10, 2012 12:26 AM GMT
    thanks guys, I'll keep this all in mind
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    Nov 10, 2012 12:30 AM GMT
    Yea, VirtualBox, good one icon_smile.gif
  • O5vx

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    Nov 10, 2012 12:33 AM GMT
    You should install Ubuntu. It is easy to use and free. So much better than windows.