The Mac Moment: Windows on Mac: The Best of Both Worlds - Page 2

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).