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Mac turned into a WinXP

By fiercesilver ·
Is it possible to erase a mac's harddrive and install WinXp on it. Making the mac into a windows machine. If it is possible how do I go about doing it?

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by TheChas In reply to Mac turned into a WinXP

Interesting question!
To the best of my knowledge, Windows does not run on the MAC hardware.

That said, try these 2 tests.

Go to www.pcpitstop.com and run the XP readyness utility. This will tel you if XP may run on your hardware.

Borrow an XP CD, and see if the MAC will boot off of the XP CD.

If both tests fail, I would conclude that no, you cannot switch a MAC over to XP.

I know that there have been utility programs to allow MAC users to "emulate" Windows so that thye can runWindows application software. I have not seen one that specifically emulates XP.

Chas

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by fiercesilver In reply to Mac turned into a WinXP

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by Alpha-Male In reply to Mac turned into a WinXP

The MAC cannot run XP. It can run a version of Linux, AIX, OSX and of course MacOS. At one point in time NT offered a PowerPC version, but I think it worked with the Processor, but not with a Macintosh System per se. It is no longer supported, however...just like the other RISC and MIPs machines.

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by Alpha-Male In reply to Mac turned into a WinXP

What your friend was probably referring to was VirtualPC or Softwindows. These are emulation packages but reportedly do a decent job at running PC applications on a Mac. Take a look at:

* Virtual PC by Connectix Corporation - http://www.connectix.com/

* SoftWindows/RealPC by FWB Software -http://www.fwb.com/

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by Alpha-Male In reply to Mac turned into a WinXP

Well, despite being slightly insulted by being labelled "a mac ignorant PC guy who doesn't really know what he's talking about", I quote the following directly from the Connectix web site (Makers of Virtual PC):

Virtual PC? for Mac delivers true PC compatibility by enabling you to run multiple Windows operating systems directly on your Mac. Virtual PC provides you with the functionality and compatibility of a Pentium? PC through sophisticated software emulation of the standard Intel? chip set and other hardware components. It?s like putting a powerful PC inside your Mac. Using Virtual PC is as easy as installing any Macintosh application. You can run your Windows?, DOS or Linux software ? including business, education, Internet and homeapplications ? just like you would on a PC.

Looks to me like if the people who make the product describe it as software emulation (which it is), then even "a stupid PC guy" like me can make the call correctly. Interestingly enough, I support PCs, Alphas, Sparcs, and Macintoshes...both professionally and on the LAN I have at home. I have Softwindows running on my Mac, by the way.

Apparently being a brilliant Mac-Guy doesn't mean you should insult others without verifying the data. I thinkthe very name "Virtual PC" implies emulation...but maybe that's just me.

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by Alpha-Male In reply to Mac turned into a WinXP

One question for Claymuir...how am I attempting to "still" (steal???) your answer? My answer and comment were posted 19 days earlier than yours. The dates on the posts show this clearly. I resent your snotty insults about my lack of knowledge, but Ithink you show unmitigated gall claiming I'm trying to steal anything. I expect an apology.

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by fiercesilver In reply to Mac turned into a WinXP

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by Ms. Spock In reply to Mac turned into a WinXP

Alpha-Male is correct. The answer is No. But,
your real question, I believe, remains
unanswered. Why do you want to make a Mac
box run Windows NT??? What is it that you
want NT to do?? If you provide a few more
details most likely we can help you use the
Mac to perform the job you need done. Saves
you buying a new machine.

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by Ms. Spock In reply to Mac turned into a WinXP

Claymuir, how do you get around the kernel
thing?? How can a Mac run Windows???
Perhaps the defination of the word Windows
is the problem.

Besides, the problem is what he wants to
do--which we don't know--Right?

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by fiercesilver In reply to Mac turned into a WinXP

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