Apple Boot Camp Public Beta First Look
A blank, recordable CD.
At least 5 GB of available space on your Mac’s current boot drive.
In addition, you’ll probably nd the following helpful:
A multibutton mouse. Although the Mac supports multibutton
mice, Windows is much more dependent on them for everyday use.
You’ll be able to get through installation and conguration with
a single-button mouse, but if you intend to use Windows apps for
serious work, you’ll want a mouse with more than one button.
A bottle of ibuprofen. OK, OK, this isn’t essential, but come on—
you’re a Mac user, and you’re about to install Windows! This exer-
cise falls plainly into the “You never thought it could happen to
Bear in mind that Boot Camp currently is beta software. Although
Apple said Boot Camp will be a feature in the next major release of
the Mac OS, if you choose to install it now, you’re essentially opting
to become an unpaid software tester. With that said, know that Boot
Camp is very stable and works well. Certain aspects of installation may
seem a little rough around the edges, but overall, you should nd that
installing and running Windows XP on your Mac is easy.
Installing Boot Camp
If you’ve gathered all the items mentioned in the previous section,
you’re ready to begin. A full Boot Camp installation will probably take
you about an hour. You’ll be able to leave your Mac unattended for a
lot of that time. If you’re running on a Mac laptop, it’s best to plug it in
to ensure that it’s got power to get through the whole installation.
Step 1: Back up your Mac
Windows requires its own partition on your hard drive (a partition is
a separate logical space on your drive that is treated like a completely
independent hard drive). The Boot Camp installer will take care of
partitioning your drive for you, and you don’t have to erase or reformat