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OS installation
OS installation
by Kesiena Orikpete on Apr 20, 2010 at 2:22:54 pm

Can I instal mac OS in a system already containing Windows Xp, so that I can have two operating systems to switch between?
My reason for asking is because I have some very vital software that runs only on Mac and some others that run only on Windows Xp or Vista.
I really need answers. THANKS in advance!

Re: OS installation
by Jeff Carpenter on Apr 20, 2010 at 9:21:00 pm

It's possible to have both, but what type of computer do you have? It must be a Macintosh using Intel chips. I'd also suggest keeping away from any Mac with less than 4 GB of RAM. Running 2 OSes can take a lot of RAM and you'll be unhappy with less than that.

Once you've got that then you can run OS X and Window at the same time using either one of these programs:



The other (cheaper) option is to use Boot Camp to run Windows on your Mac:

The downside there is that you have to shut down one OS to run the other. It's an either-or thing. With Parallels or Fusion they can both run at the same time.

(You have to supply your own copy of Windows for all of these options.)

Re: OS installation
by Kesiena Orikpete on Apr 21, 2010 at 8:52:38 pm

Thanks Jeff. My PC is an Intel Pentium series with dual core, processing at 3.0 GHz each core. The RAM is up to 4GB. Is it possible to have OS X installed alongside with windows?
Thanks in advance.

Re: OS installation
by Zane Barker on Apr 21, 2010 at 11:29:36 pm


He already explained that you need s Mac to install the Mac OS.

Hindsight is always 1080p

Re: OS installation
by Kesiena Orikpete on Apr 22, 2010 at 6:09:12 pm

Ok. Thanks!