How to Set Up Apple Boot Camp

By Ivan Drucker  |  Posted 2009-02-24 Print this article Print

How to set up Apple Boot Camp

To set up Boot Camp, you will need a Mac OS X 10.5 installation disc, either a retail version or one that came with a Mac. Set it aside for now. Open Boot Camp Assistant in the Utilities folder of the Applications folder. Boot Camp Assistant non-destructively partitions the boot drive in preparation for the Windows installation; once you've done this, you don't need to again, even if you need to reinstall Windows. You will then initiate a standard Windows installation from a standard Windows installer disc. Note that Boot Camp formats the partition as FAT32; if you want NT File System (NTFS), you should reformat it from within the Windows installer.

Immediately following installation, you must install the Boot Camp Additions which provides drivers for all the hardware in the system. These are found on the Mac OS X 10.5 installer disc, and unfortunately can't be downloaded. Furthermore, if you need Vista 64-bit drivers, you'll need to either find a newer retail disc (which installs 10.5.4 or later, rather than 10.5.0), or an installer disc from a fairly recent Mac. Be sure to install Apple Software Update when the installer prompts you. While the drivers are installing, you should ignore any Windows hardware installation wizards which pop up.

When complete, you should restart, then go to All Programs and invoke Apple Software Update to update Boot Camp Additions to the latest version. You can also set Software Update's behavior, and be sure to check the settings in the Boot Camp control panel to ensure they are best suited to the user.

Finally, here's something you and your user will need to know about Boot Camp: to right-click in Windows on a MacBook laptop, you'll need to hold two fingers on the track pad and then click the button. (This may vary by model, so if it doesn't work, check the Boot Camp help.) While in Boot Camp, Windows has no access to the Mac partition without third-party utilities, though your Boot Camp volume will be visible when booted into Mac OS X (read-only if the volume is formatted as NTFS).

Ivan Drucker founded IvanExpert Consulting in 2002 to fulfill a need: help for NYC Mac users, presented clearly and understandably, from a bona fide Mac expert. He sought to provide exceptional service and supreme technical resourcefulness as the twin goals of every client interaction, and through this approach, IvanExpert Consulting has developed a loyal and longstanding client base. Ivan has been using Apple computers since 1978, beginning with the Apple II, the first widely-available personal computer. Over the ensuing years, he became proficient with the Apple, Microsoft and UNIX operating systems, and the hardware they ran on, as well as learned a range of programming languages. In the late 1990s Ivan worked for Apple at their Cupertino, Calif. headquarters, providing quality engineering and leadership for multimedia, emulation and operating system products, including the Mac OS X Classic Environment, which enabled thousands of existing applications to run during Apple's critical transition to their new UNIX-based OS. Upon relocating to NY, Ivan directed the front-end development team to help launch, a new live-auction e-commerce site for the well-known auction house. The site's success later led to a partnership between Sotheby's and eBay. Ivan then became involved with back-end development and tool engineering, further broadening his perspective on the IT industry. After leaving Sotheby's, Ivan decided to synthesize the knowledge and experience he had accumulated in his industry and his individual work. Ivan had observed that there was a shortage of true Mac experts and, while some consultants had technical ability and some had communication skills, few had both. He felt there was a need in the marketplace for personalized, high-ability Mac support, and he responded by creating IvanExpert Consulting. He is an Apple Certified Support Professional and a member of the Apple Consultants Network. Ivan hails from Los Angeles and received his B.A. in Communication from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He has lived in NYC for 10 years. When not at the computer, he is often watching baseball or playing drums. He can be reached at

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