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Install Windows XP on a Sandy Bridge Mac
Authored by: jizokun on Feb 24, '12 06:44:48PM

I just bought a mid 2011 iMac (21.5 inch Core i5) with OS X Lion, and installed XP on a partition (I need to use a program on XP for work). I can boot into it without problem. The only thing is you'll need a copy of the Snow Leopard install CD to get the XP drivers (they might still be available on the Apple site but I'm not sure).

Create a FAT partition using disk utility, then insert the XP install CD into the drive and boot from the CD, follow the instructions to install XP. After it's installed, boot up in XP and insert the Snow Leopard CD to install the Boot Camp drivers.

Bluetooth, USB, hard disks, DVD-driver, etc. all worked fine with the drivers from Apple. But for the chipset, ethernet, wifi, audio and FaceTime camera drivers, the ones available here worked for me:
http://egaille.free.fr/imac27/

The graphics driver didn't work for me so I went straight to the source and installed the Display Driver+Catalyst Control Center available from AMD here: http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/Pages/bootcamp-xp.aspx

After all that, I now have a fully functioning and bootable Boot Camp XP partition.



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Install Windows XP on a Sandy Bridge Mac
Authored by: zane on Apr 29, '12 10:47:44PM

This comment is in fact the best (and only) way that I know of to get XP installed via. Bootcamp. However, using the gray restore disc that comes with your Mac should install all the drivers you need. Although I should note that my restore disk is Snow Leopard (10.6.4).

To summarize:

1) Create a FAT32 partition using Disk Utility.
2) Insert your XP installer disk.
3) Restart holding the Option key.
4) Select the XP installer disk when the boot menu appears.
5) Install XP via. the normal Windows installer.
6) Once XP is installed, insert the gray Mac OS X Install DVD that comes with your Mac.
7) The Bootcamp installer loads and prompts you to run it. Go ahead and do that.

After the Bootcamp installer completes, you have a fully-functioning Windows XP with all hardware working. Now you can boot either into either OS X or Windows at startup using Option, or via. the Startup Disk System Preference.

I can confirm this works from having just done it today - at least for machines that originally come Snow Leopard-equipped.

For those wondering, I use XP for web development browser testing (required for IE7).

Hope this helps.



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