Public Beta Software Enables Intel-based Macs to Run Windows XP
CUPERTINO, CaliforniaApril 5, 2006Apple® today introduced Boot
Camp, public beta software that enables Intel-based Macs to run
Windows XP. Available as a download beginning today, Boot Camp allows
users with a Microsoft Windows XP installation disc to install
Windows XP on an Intel-based Mac®, and once installation is complete,
users can restart their computer to run either Mac OS® X or Windows
XP. Boot Camp will be a feature in Leopard, Apples next major
release of Mac OS X, that will be previewed at Apples Worldwide
Developer Conference in August.
Apple has no desire or plan to sell or support Windows, but many
customers have expressed their interest to run Windows on Apples
superior hardware now that we use Intel processors, said Philip
Schiller, Apples senior vice president of Worldwide Product
Marketing. We think Boot Camp makes the Mac even more appealing to
Windows users considering making the switch.
Boot Camp simplifies Windows installation on an Intel-based Mac by
providing a simple graphical step-by-step assistant application to
dynamically create a second partition on the hard drive for Windows,
to burn a CD with all the necessary Windows drivers, and to install
Windows from a Windows XP installation CD. After installation is
complete, users can choose to run either Mac OS X or Windows when
they restart their computer.
Pricing & Availability
The public beta of Boot Camp is available immediately as a download
at www.apple.com/macosx/bootcamp, and is preview software licensed
for use on a trial basis for a limited time. The final version of
Boot Camp will be available as a feature in the upcoming Mac OS X
version 10.5 Leopard. Apple does not provide support for installing
or running Boot Camp and does not sell or support Microsoft Windows
software. Apple welcomes user feedback on Boot Camp at
Boot Camp requires an Intel-based Mac with a USB keyboard and mouse,
or a built-in keyboard and TrackPad; Mac OS X version 10.4.6 or
later; the latest firmware update; at least 10GB of free space on the
startup disk; a blank recordable CD or DVD; and single-disc version
of Windows XP Home Edition or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later.
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