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Bootcamp Drops Support for Windows XP and Vista on New MacBooks

Bootcamp Drops Support for Windows XP and Vista on New MacBooks

Posted February 27, 2011 at 12:11pm by iClarified · 19717 views
Bootcamp no longer offers support for Windows XP and Vista on the new MacBooks just released last week, according to ZDNet.

An Apple support documents says,

MacBook Air (Late 2010) and MacBook Pro (Early 2011) computers support 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, or Windows 7 Ultimate.

Note: Windows XP and Vista drivers are not supplied for these computers and are not supported.

To use Boot Camp with with Windows 7, you need the following:
● An optical drive (MacBook Air computers require an external optical disc drive to install Windows 7).
● A blank CD or USB storage device to contain the Windows Drivers created by the Boot Camp Assistant.
● For 32-bit versions of Windows, at least 16 GB of free space.
● For 64-bit versions of Windows, at least 20 GB of free space.
● Boot Camp Assistant, which is pre-installed in /Applications/Utilities/ .
● An authentic, 32-bit or 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate disc.

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Bootcamp Drops Support for Windows XP and Vista on New MacBooks
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teraflow - February 27, 2011 at 3:15pm
To anyone complaining about this: think for a moment, Apple sells its own computers (MacBooks, iMac...) and they sell it with Mac OS, which is their own OS. If they have to make drivers to every goddamn OS in order to support running them, they are losing millions of $$$, plus XP an Vista are discontinued. If you need Windows, buy a laptop.
Not on your life
Not on your life - February 27, 2011 at 6:42pm
Fanboy... NTFS support!
Neerav Kothari
Neerav Kothari - February 28, 2011 at 12:35am
they earn many millions more simply because macs can also run windows. thats whats make mac usable everywhere, even at work. if they were to only loose rather than gain, they wouldn't support windows at the first place. if my MacBook were incapable of running windows, i would had never bought it. u can practically do without os x, but not without windows simply because of every other machine out there (95%) is a windows machine. Am an Apple fanatic too…. but reality is reality. Neerav PS: i think the new macbooks can't run vista and xp cause MS must not have licensed Apple to support it anymore. I'm sure people will find a work around.
? - February 28, 2011 at 5:32am
Thick fanboi, " If they have to make drivers to every goddamn OS" - every OS!, the discussion is about support for two massively subscribed OS's. It impacts many people, financially as well as functionaly. There are many of us out here who rely on interoperability between systems to carry out our daily business and not bleat on about how Apple's way should be the only way, I like Apple products as well as Windows products, but I base my decisions on what the system can provide for me and not how shiny or cool it is or who made it....... now go back to pleasuring yourself over a Mac magazine
teraflow - February 28, 2011 at 6:14am
Again: XP and Vista are discontinued, which means they will not be updated anymore and no one will give support for them. This means Apple will not only have to make the drivers, but also will have to deal with problem, issues and more, when it's a Microsoft problem.
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