How can I install Windows XP on my Mac?

Arsal Ansari January 15, 2012

I have a Mac, but I want to delete Mac OS X because all I like is the hardware. I don’t want to use OS X. I want to install Windows XP. How can I do this?

  1. Flamur
    July 6, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    i'm trying to install windows xp on my mac os x and delete the mac os x .../ but i think you can't do that after a day search on google .../ you can install windows xp just from boot camp ... /- search on how to install windows xp with boot camp to mac os x ..-

  2. Lee
    January 21, 2012 at 4:07 am

    If you use Boot Camp, unless it somehow links the partitions, you should be able to just boot into a LiveCD after you setup the Windows partition and format the OS X partition. I wouldn't recommend doing that though, because it'll be a PITA if you have to reinstall it later, and just leaving it on a partition (even if it's somewhat small since you wont be using it) shouldn't affect anything.

  3. Oron Joffe
    January 15, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    You can install Windows straight from CD/DVD (hold down C to boot from the optical disc). You do NOT need to use Boot Camp or have Mac OS X on the machine if you don't want to. Since Macs use Open Firmare, rather than BIOS bootup, you cannot use older versions of XP, but Vista/7 should be OK.

  4. Mike
    January 15, 2012 at 6:12 am

    If you want to run Windows XP without [boot camp and] having Mac OS X installed you can follow these steps:

    1. boot from the Mac OS X Install DVD
    2. click on Utilities > Disk Utility
    3. select your Hard Disk and click on the "Partition" tab
    4. make the following selection and then click apply

    - 1 Partition (name doesn't matter, format MS-DOS FAT)
    - click the "Option" button and select "Master Boot Record" as scheme

    5. exit Disk Utility and restart the Mac while keeping the "alt/option" key pressed

    Once the boot menu appears hit the eject key on the keyboard, insert your Windows XP Installation CD and wait a second or two. The Windows disk should appear for booting.

    The rest is plain old Windows installation therefor no further instructions at this time. Once Windows is up and running insert the Mac OS X Installation disc again and open it in the Explorer - you should find all necessary Windows drivers on it.

    January 15, 2012 at 4:21 am

    Hello, I do not think you can delete OSX on a mac.  Besides if you try to only keep windows in it you might have trouble with drivers and compatibility.  What don't you try a little bit of both worlds by either using parallels or boot camp.  Besides, it is never a bad experience to be familiar with both.  Parallels lets you run windows inside a virtual machine:

    Boot camp lets you dual boot a mac and a windows system:

  6. Mulder
    January 15, 2012 at 4:02 am

    You cannot do what you're proposing. So the question that comes to mind is why do you have a Mac if you don't want to run OS X?

    If you want to run Windows on your Mac, Mac OS X must be on it, too. The hardware is tied to OS X, and Boot Camp requires OS X to be present in order to run. If you can't live with that, then you're out of luck.

  7. Chris Hoffman
    January 15, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Use Boot Camp, which comes with your Mac. Boot Camp is often used to run newer versions of Windows like Windows 7, but it also supports Windows XP.

    Here's Apple's official user guide to installing Windows on your Mac:

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