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Is there anyway to multiboot with Mac and XP?

by ksoiehawo / July 9, 2004 3:18 PM PDT

Is there anyway to multiboot with Mac & XP? If so, can someone please tell me how?

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Re: Is there anyway to multiboot with Mac and XP?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 9, 2004 10:30 PM PDT

Not today. But you can get a Macintosh and Apple sells you Virtual PC and then you put XP into that.


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by Yew / July 10, 2004 1:12 AM PDT

The Mac operating system is designed to run on an entirely different processor architechture compared to Windows, and so the only way to run them both is via the use of an emulator.

If you own a Mac, then you can buy MS's VirtualPC like mentioned, which will let you run XP in a window on OS X. If you own a PC, then you can try the experimental PearPC which will let you run OS X in a window on a PC.

You used to be able to buy a special add-in board for Macs that contained a PC processor for this sort of thing, but I think Apple discontinued that long ago.

No matter which route you go, performance of the emulated OS and apps will be horrible. Know that going in, emulation is pretty much always some many times slower than the real thing. Even emulating the rather pitiful hardware of video game consoles takes a pretty high end PC.

You'd probably be much happier just buying a second hand iMac or eMac on eBay or some such place. Of course if you're going to run OS X, don't settle for anything less than a G4 CPU and 512MB of RAM or you'll probably regret it.

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