Apple Boot Camp
Allows Dual Partition for Windows XP and Mac OS – System Requirements
for New Computer Program
April 5th 2006
Apple Computer has introduced a new program called Boot Camp that will
allow their Mac users to partition their hard drive and run Windows
programs. The application will allow users to install Windows XP on
Apple Macs. Customers will be able to burn a CD with all the necessary
Windows drivers, and install Windows from a Windows XP installation CD.
When the installation is completed, users will be able to choose the
operating system when the boot the system. One of the appealing
features for Apple has been their intuitive operating system, which many
Mac users say is better than Microsoft (MS). According to Apple, Boot
Camp will be a feature in their new up-coming operating system
“Leopard”. Leopard will likely be previewed at the Apple Worldwide
Developer Conference in August.
Apple recently switched chip makers, and now installs Intel processor
chips in their computers. One wonders if this new Boot Camp Program
played into their decision to switch chip makers. Many customers have
expressed desires for a dual-boot system.
Recently Microsoft announced that they are not going to develop new
versions of their Internet Explorer (IE) for the Apple. Many Apple
users use either Safari or Firefox browsers. Some Internet sites
require IE 5 or greater to work. Now if Safari or Firefox are unable to
work on some websites, there is a Windows alternative for Mac users.
Apple has made it clear that they are not providing support for
installing or running Boot Camp, and they do not sell or support Windows
software. The system requirements are: an Intel-based Mac with a USB
keyboard and mouse, or a built-in keyboard and TrackPad; Mac OS X
version 10.4.6 or later; the latest firmware update; at least 10GB of
free space on the startup disk; a blank recordable CD or DVD; and
single-disc version of Windows XP Home Edition or Professional with
Service Pack 2 or later.
By Dan Wilson
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