How to Install Windows XP on Mac

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Windows XP was first released in August 2001, and is currently one of the most popular versions of Windows. Of course there are many reasons why Mac users need to install Windows XP on Mac: you keep many important business files in Windows XP, you have some Windows applications and you would like to use once in a while, or you want to connect your Windows-only devices to Mac. The article introduces two ways for you to install Windows XP on Mac OS X.

Actually, Apple allows you to install Windows XP on Mac with Boot Camp, a free download that lets you repartition your Intel-based Mac's drive and install Windows XP as an alternative operating system. When you need to use Windows application, you can boot up your Mac using Windows.

Here is a manual about how to install boot camp from Apple.
Although this is free, many Mac users find boot camp a bad idea. Let along the overwhelming installation process, you need to reboot the Mac every time you want to use the Windows application or open a windows file. For a hassle-free experience, check below method. Itís not free, but it is well worth the money for the time and trouble saved.

If you donít want to go through all the troubles of rebooting your Mac and youíd like to run Windows and Mac applications at the same time conveniently, Windows Desktop for Mac is your ideal choice. It lets you seamlessly run Windows application on your Mac, side-by-side with Mac apps on the dock, and you can drag-and-drop your files between operating systems.

Install Windows XP for Mac with Windows Desktop for Mac

Step 1: Download and install Windows Desktop for Mac.

Step 2: Open Window Desktop for Mac and you will see the Welcome window that will help you start working in Window Desktop for Mac. Choose New Windows Installation or any other option according to your need.

Step 3: When the Create New Virtual Machine window pops up, insert the Windows XP installation disc or specify the source of the image of installation files and click Continue.

Step 4: Your operating system will be detected automatically, and choose Express Installation offered. And you will need to provide: the Windows product key, a user name and password.

Step 5: Choose the level of integration between your Windows and Mac OS applications and files. You can choose one of the ways of working with your Windows applications.

Step 6:Set your virtual machine name and location or just use the default.

Step 7: When finished, click Create.

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