Sunday, February 27, 2011

Bootcamp Drops Support for Windows XP and Vista on New MacBooks ***UPDATE***

Bootcamp no longer offers support for Windows XP and Vista on the new MacBooks just released last week, according to ZDNet.

An Apple support documents says,

MacBook Air (Late 2010) and MacBook Pro (Early 2011) computers support 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, or Windows 7 Ultimate.

Note: Windows XP and Vista drivers are not supplied for these computers and are not supported.

To use Boot Camp with with Windows 7, you need the following:
● An optical drive (MacBook Air computers require an external optical disc drive to install Windows 7).
● A blank CD or USB storage device to contain the Windows Drivers created by the Boot Camp Assistant.
● For 32-bit versions of Windows, at least 16 GB of free space.
● For 64-bit versions of Windows, at least 20 GB of free space.
● Boot Camp Assistant, which is pre-installed in /Applications/Utilities/ .
● An authentic, 32-bit or 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate disc.

*thanks iclarified*


  • You are chatting with Gabriel R, an Apple Expert
  • Hi, my name is Gabriel R. Welcome to Apple!
  • Good afternoon! How may I assist you today?
  • hi, i have a question about bootcamp on the new mbp
  • Hello.
  • Yes. Any new Mac lets you install and natively run Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP with the built in Boot Camp feature. Additionally, if you need to run both Mac and Windows applications simultaneously, we recommend VMware or Parallels software.
  • so there is support for windows xp?
  • Yes, correct.
  • Will this be your first Mac?
  • i have read online on many sites that apple had stopped support for windows xp...
  • no second..
  • Great.
  • How will you be using your Mac, for example what programs will you be using on the Mac?
  • well i use Photoshop, Final cut pro, and a few others on OSX and Auto desk inventor and autocad on the windows xp partition....
  • Excellent!
  • Will you store all of your music, video and photos on your Mac? Or maybe as well use an external hard drive?
  • i am a mechanical engineering student and need support for windows xp, i have the previous model of the mbp 15.4 i7 and would love the thunderbolt upgrade, and the boost in the fsb...
  • Yes, it is amazing!
  • The 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro now feature quad-core Intel Core i7 processors. And the 13-inch models jump to dual-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. All models are up to 2x faster.
  • New Thunderbolt technology lets you connect high-performance peripherals and high-resolution displays to one port — with data transfer rates up to 10 Gbps.
  • thank you for the info, now i have to sell my current mbp and buy a new one... ;-)
  • Do you need to have something like Word, Excel or PowerPoint on your Mac?
  • i have office 08 on my mac and iwork...
  • Which screen size would you prefer?
  • 15.4
  • Based on your needs I recommend for you the new MacBook Pro 15" 2.2GHz. With 4 GB RAM and 750GB hard drive. That will give you great speed to run all your applications and enough space for your files and programs. Will that MacBook Pro work for you? How does that sound?
  • I also recommend iWork 09 and AppleCare. For Macs, AppleCare offers 3 years of unlimited calls to our technical support team, it extends the original coverage from 1 year to 3 years. And you get global repair coverage for your Mac — both parts and labor — through convenient service options. You can add them to your Mac and get more details on them in the configuration page.
  • i was just wondering do you have any info on the previous models pricing? i dont remember what i paid for it...
  • is there a family pac for apple care?
  • I'm sorry we no longer carry new ones previous generation just refurbished section.
  • i just needed the price...
  • pack*
  • There is not since AppleCare is based on the product serial number.
  • Let me know if the link works fine.
  • Now for the new Mac I will stay online with you and leave this chat open while you place the order, in case you have any questions.
  • Once you place the order, you can type in your order number here so i can verify our order went through fine.
  • well i cant buy a new one until i sell my current mbp..
  • We currently offer two credit options: The Barclaycard Financing Visa card, which is offered through Barclays Bank Delaware, and Bill Me Later, which is offered through CIT Bank.
  • thanks for the info and for confirming that windows xp and vista are still supported...
  • Is there anything else I can assist you with today?
  • You are welcome.
  • Thank you for visiting the Apple Store. We appreciate your business. If you would like more help, please chat with us again.
  • is there any way i can get a transcript of this conversation?
  • You can just copy and paste to save it.
  • Have a great day.
  • thank you, and have a great day too..
  • Thank you for visiting the Apple Store. We appreciate your business. If you would like more help, please chat with us again.
  • Thank you for choosing the Apple Store. If you have any additional questions, please chat us again.

It may seem Zdnet is wrong! windows xp and vista are still supported by bootcamp in the new macbook pro and air models.

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