Windows XP on Macs: Tested, Benchmarked
The expert analysts at Gearlog have found a way to run Windows XP on not just one or two Intel-based Macs, but three such systems.Since narf2006 and blanka announced their solution for booting Windows XP on Intel Macs last week, many aspiring dual-booters have been posting on the OnMac forums trying to get Bills baby running on Steves systems. We thought, what can we add to all of this? Why, we can boot XP on a 20-inch iMac, a MacBook Pro, and a Mac Mini Intel Core Duo all in the same room, of course. And we can make all three of them remotely access a fourth Mac system via VNC, so were looking at Mac OS as a window in Windows XP Pro. (This is all 100 percent legal, by the way. Apple has said its not opposed to booting other OSes on MacsLinux has run on Macs for yearsand our copy of Windows is legally licensed.)
Installation isnt difficult, thanks to the guides now available at the OnMac Wiki. The major hurdle is that each of the three systems required a different version of the xom.efi file, the bootloader which lets the system choose between Windows XP and Mac OS. We also had to tweak the video settings while installing Windows on the iMac, though once Windows was installed it had no problem running at the full 1680-by-1050 resolution of the 20-inch screen.