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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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