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Is it difficult to setup Bootcamp and set up windows on a MacBook?

nysmilenysmile Posts: 5,848Registered User Senior Member
edited November 2008 in College Computers
Hi,
My S would like know how difficult it is to set up bootcamp to run Windows on his MacBook. We have a sealed copy of Windows from a Dell that we own. He thinks that he may need Windows for one of his classes next semester.
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Replies to: Is it difficult to setup Bootcamp and set up windows on a MacBook?

  • skatjskatj Posts: 837Registered User Member
    No, just run the boot camp assistant on Mac. It's as easy as installing a program on Windows.
  • nysmilenysmile Posts: 5,848Registered User Senior Member
    I know this is a stupid question but I'm going to ask it anyway. The disc copy of Windows Vista Business that we have came with a recent Dell xps laptop purchase. Is it OK to use this (it's never been opened--still has the original seal)? Is this considered a third party version (I don't even know what that it) because I thought that I read somewhere that you can't use a third party version of Windows.
  • ChipmoneyChipmoney Posts: 1,185Registered User Member
    its not third party its just registered to that particular computer (at least I'm fairly sure) so it wouldn't work on another computer.
  • nysmilenysmile Posts: 5,848Registered User Senior Member
    Can't I use the disc on another computer? Even though it came preloaded on the Dell computer, I have the disc (Windows Vista Business). I bought the program as an upgrade. I own it so can't I use it as I wish and install it on an additional computer owned by me?
  • ChipmoneyChipmoney Posts: 1,185Registered User Member
    If its already installed on the dell then no. Thats why OS's are cheaper when you buy a computer, because they can only be used on that one computer.
  • BP-TheGuy88BP-TheGuy88 Posts: 1,437Registered User Senior Member
    While it violates the use of the OEM version of Windows that you have, for practical purposes its suffice to say that you can use the copy of Windows you have. The Mac will read the Windows CD as a regular original copy regardless if its a retail or OEM version. So yes, you can use the CD you have with BootCamp. The instructions are pretty straight forward when you use the BootCamp assistant. Good luck.
  • nysmilenysmile Posts: 5,848Registered User Senior Member
    Thanks everyone. If he ends up needing to use Windows for this particular Spring 2009 class, we'll go ahead and give bootcamp a try. I'm tempted to just set up an appointment at the Apple Store (although it's an hour and 15 minute drive from our house) sometime during the Dec. winter break and have them do it for him.

    We'll use the copy of Windows Vista Business that came with a Dell computer that we bought in May 2008. (the one that had the original motherboard cooked by the defective nVidia). I'll double check with the Apple people when/if we set up the appointment.

    Again, thank you.
  • skatjskatj Posts: 837Registered User Member
    You really, really don't need someone to do it for you.

    If you can install an application, you can install Windows.
  • srunnisrunni Posts: 768Registered User Member
    We'll use the copy of Windows Vista Business that came with a Dell computer that we bought in May 2008.

    You can't do that. The copies of Vistaster that come bundled with a computer are tied to that computer's hardware. You have to buy a separate copy.
  • BP-TheGuy88BP-TheGuy88 Posts: 1,437Registered User Senior Member
    srunni, no you don't. I have setup Vista and XP, both retail and OEM versions on Macs before. Any version of Windows supported by Bootcamp will get read regardless if it is OEM or Retail. Microsoft and Apple may tell you a different story though. But from experience I know this is possible.
  • chameli1chameli1 Posts: 178Registered User Junior Member
    nysmile, are you sure that the apple store will set it up for you? I had asked my local apple store about having them set up bootcamp for me, but they said that they are not allowed to do that.
  • nysmilenysmile Posts: 5,848Registered User Senior Member
    No, I don't know if the Apple Store (genius bar or whatever it's called) will do it but don't you think if Bootcamp is something that comes installed on the Mac, that the Apple people should be responsible for helping you with it if you make the appointment?
  • nysmilenysmile Posts: 5,848Registered User Senior Member
    Can anyone else out there confirm whether I can use the disc of Windows Vista Business that came with my Dell?
  • nysmilenysmile Posts: 5,848Registered User Senior Member
    "Additional Information
    Important: Apple does not provide technical phone support for installing, using, or recovering Microsoft Windows. Support is available for using Boot Camp Setup Assistant, as well as installing or restoring Boot Camp software while booted into Windows. Support articles and discussions may also be available on Apple's support website."

    This is copied/posted from the Apple site. I guess they won't help.

    I suppose we could try to do it ourselves. It doesn't seem too difficult. The Apple site does say that you need an 'AUTHENTIC" copy of windows. Would the copy that I discussed in my previous post qualify as "Authentic"? Has anyone personally used a copy of Windows that they received with the purchase of a Dell or similar pc?
  • srunnisrunni Posts: 768Registered User Member
    srunni, no you don't. I have setup Vista and XP, both retail and OEM versions on Macs before. Any version of Windows supported by Bootcamp will get read regardless if it is OEM or Retail. Microsoft and Apple may tell you a different story though. But from experience I know this is possible.
    That's because the OEM copy of Vista you bought was not previously installed on any computer. You can directly purchase OEM copies (from Newegg, for example), but they are only installable on one hardware configuration. If you even change the motherboard on a computer running an OEM copy of Vistaster, you will have to buy a new copy. For this reason, an OEM copy of Vistaster that comes with a computer can only be used with that computer. Here is proof of that: Buying OEM versions of Windows Vista: the facts. Some of the other downsides of the OEM versions (as the article says) are that you don't get a pretty box, a manual, can't return it, only include either 32-bit or 64-bit, and have no free support for 90 days. The cheapest OEM version of Vistaster is $99.

    You should also keep in mind that XP doesn't follow this policy, so your experiences with XP do not reflect the new policies regarding OEM copies that Microsoft has for Vista.
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