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Apple's Boot Camp software, included with Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard, v10.6 Snow Leopard and Mac OS X v10.7 Lion, lets you install and run Microsoft Windows and Windows-based applications on your Intel-based Mac.

Apple's Boot Camp software, included with Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard, v10.6 Snow Leopard and Mac OS X v10.7 Lion, lets you install and run Microsoft Windows and Windows-based applications on your Intel-based Mac.

 

Boot Camp is a multi boot utility included with Apple Inc.'s Mac OS X that assists users in installing Microsoft Windows operating systems on Intel-based Macintosh computers.

Boot Camp is a multi boot utility included with Apple Inc.'s Mac OS X that assists users in installing Microsoft Windows operating systems on Intel-based Macintosh computers. The utility's Boot Camp Assistant guides users through non-destructive disk partitioning (including resizing of an existing HFS+ partition, if necessary) of their hard disk drive and installation of Windows device drivers. The utility also installs a Windows Control Panel applet for selecting the boot operating system.

Initially introduced as an unsupported beta for Mac OS X Tiger, the utility was first included with Mac OS X Leopard and has been included in subsequent versions of the operating system ever since.
Initially introduced as an unsupported beta for Mac OS X Tiger, the utility was first included with Mac OS X Leopard and has been included in subsequent versions of the operating system ever since. Previous versions of Boot Camp supported new installations of Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. However, with the release of Boot Camp 4.0 for Mac OS X Lion, only installations of Windows 7 are officially supported. Users have also installed Linux using the utility, although Apple has not listed support for Linux operating systems.
 

System requirements for Windows 7

To use Boot Camp with Windows 7, you will need the following.

For Mac OS X v10.7 Lion systems:

  • An Intel-based Mac that supports Mac OS X v10.7 Lion.

  • A blank CD or USB storage device to create Windows 7 Boot Camp Support Software (drivers) installer media.  You can also create media that contains an ISO image of Windows 7 and the drivers.

  • At least 16 GB of free space on the disk onto which you’re installing for 32-bit, or 20 GB for 64-bit (for Microsoft Windows and Windows-based applications).

If you are installing using Windows 7 DVDs, you will need one of the following Microsoft Windows discs:

  • An authentic, 32-bit Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate disc.

  • With some Macs you can use an authentic, 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate disc.

See http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/boot_camp_install-setup_10.7.pdf for step-by-step instructions.

 

For Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard systems:

  • An Intel-based Mac.

  • A Mac OS X v 10.6 Snow Leopard installation disc. This can be either a purchased copy of a Mac OS X v10.6 disc, or a Mac OS X Install Disc 1 from a Mac that had Mac OS X v10.6 preinstalled.

  • Boot Camp Update 3.1 (download this from Apple Downloads).

  • A USB keyboard and mouse, or a built-in keyboard and trackpad.

    Important: You should use the keyboard and mouse that shipped with your Mac, or a built-in trackpad.
     

  • At least 16 GB of free space on the disk onto which you’re installing for 32-bit, or 20 GB for 64-bit (for Microsoft Windows and Windows-based applications).

  • Boot Camp Assistant, which is installed in /Applications/Utilities/.

You will also need one of the following Microsoft Windows discs:

  • An authentic, 32-bit Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate disc.

  • With some Macs you can use an authentic, 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate disc.

See http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/Boot_Camp_Install-Setup_10.6.pdf for step by step instructions.

See Boot Camp: Windows 7 installation frequently asked questions for additional information on using Boot Camp with Windows 7.

System requirements for Windows XP and Windows Vista

To use Boot Camp with Windows XP or Vista and Mac OS X v10.5.x through 10.6.x, you will need the following:

  • An Intel-based Mac that does not require Windows 7.

  • A Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard or Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard installation disc. This can be either a purchased copy of a Mac OS X v10.5 or Mac OS X v10.6 disc, or a Mac OS X Install Disc 1 from a Mac that had Mac OS X v10.5 or Mac OS X v10.6 preinstalled.

  • A USB keyboard and mouse, or a built-in keyboard and trackpad.

    Important: You should use the keyboard and mouse that shipped with your Mac, or a built-in trackpad.
     

  • At least 10 GB of free space on the disk onto which you’re installing (for Windows and Windows-based applications).

  • Boot Camp Assistant, which is installed in /Applications/Utilities/.

You will also need one of the following Microsoft Windows discs:

  • An authentic, 32-bit Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition or Professional with Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3 disc.

  • An authentic, 32-bit Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, or Ultimate disc.

  • With some Mac Pro or MacBook Pro computers, an authentic, 64-bit Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, or Ultimate disc.

    See
    Boot Camp 2.0: Which versions of Microsoft Windows are supported? for more information.
     
    Important
    : For a Windows XP installation, your Microsoft Windows XP installation disc must include Service Pack 2 (SP2) or Service Pack 3 (SP3). Boot Camp 2.1 must be installed prior to upgrading Windows XP to Service Pack 3 (SP3) or Windows Vista to Service Pack 1 (SP1). Download Boot Camp 2.1 from
    Apple Downloads.  When using Windows Vista, some Boot Camp drivers require Windows Vista to be updated to Service Pack 1 (SP1) or later.

 

Additional Information

Be sure to install all required firmware updates for your computer. 

Important: Apple does not provide technical phone support for installing, using, or recovering Microsoft Windows. Support is available for using Boot Camp Setup Assistant, as well as installing or restoring Boot Camp software while booted into Windows. Support articles and discussions may also be available on Apple's support website.

Important: Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute Apple’s recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.

 

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