Apple Boot Camp - What is Apple Boot Camp

License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Mac OS X v10.7 Lion, Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard
Requirements: - An Intel-based Mac that supports Mac OS X
- At least 16 GB of free space on the disk onto which you're installing for 32-bit, or 20 GB for 64-bit (for Microsoft Windows and Windows-based applications).
Date Update: Aug 19, 2011
Developer: Apple
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Software Price: Buy Prepackaged with Mac OS X Lion and Snow Leopard

Apple Boot Camp is software prepackaged with your Mac OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard that allows you to run Microsoft Windows versions that are compatible on Intel-based Mac units. Using Boot Camp then allows users to partition their disks, including the resizing of existing HFS+ partitions where necessary, and install Windows device drivers. This multi boot utility was first introduced in the form of a beta unsupported version for the Mac OS X Tiger, with a fully supported version being included for the first time with the Mac OS X Leopard.

All versions of the Mac operating system since then have included the use of Boot Camp. Previous Boot Camp versions support newer installations of the operating systems Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7, although Boot Camp 4.0 for the Mac OS X Lion only supports Windows 7. The Linux operating system is not officially listed as supported by Boot Camp although some users have reported to be successful in installing Linux using this utility. The first beta release for Boot Camp came out in April 2006, with the non-beta version 2.0 released in October 2007. The most current version of Boot Camp, 4.0, was released in July 2011.

If you're interested in using Apple Boot Camp, be reminded that technical support is not provided over the phone for the installation, use, or recovery of Microsoft Windows. Apple only offers support for the use of the Boot Camp setup assistant and the installation or restoration of Boot Camp software during a Windows boot. Should your issues not be resolved by phone support, you can also take Apples Express Lane to get in touch with them for further support.

Requirements for Apple Boot Camp

Apple lists the following requirements for using Boot Camp :

  • If you're using Mac OS X Lion, you need an optical drive, a blank media for installing Windows drivers, about 16 GB of free disk space if you are using 32-bit Windows or 20 GB if you're using 64-bit Windows, and a full version of any Windows 7 version (Home Premium to Ultimate).
  • If you're using Mac OS X Leopard or Snow Leopard, you should have an Intel-based Mac unit installed with the latest firmware (if you have an earlier unit you will be prompted to update the EFI firmware to achieve BIOS compatibility), a Mac OS X Leopard or Snow Leopard disc installer or a Mac OS X Disc 1 preinstalled (required so you can install Windows drivers), about 10 GB of free disc space (16 GB if you're looking to use Windows 7), and a full version of any of the versions of Windows XP Service Pack 2 or higher, or Windows Vista, or Windows 7.

Making Apple Boot Camp work

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Probably one of the best ways of understanding Apple Boot Camp and making it work lies in knowing what to do when certain scenarios come up. Should you run into any trouble, just refer to your Boot Camp installation and setup guide for assistance. It is also a good idea for you to brush up on everything first before you get started on using Apple Boot Camp.

    Here are some things for you to watch out for though :
  • Choosing an operating system to boot - after you run the Apple Boot Camp assistant and install Microsoft Windows and all other Boot Camp drivers needed, hold down the Option (Alt) key during startup so you can switch between operating systems. Go to the startup control panel for Windows and startup preferences for Mac OS X to set your default operating system for every time your computer boots up.
  • You are greeted by black screen with a "No Boot Disk Attached"; message - this just means that your Windows partition can't be used for booting, which usually means there was a mistake during a drive format. The Apple Boot Camp assistant is in charge of creating the partition but formatting is the responsibility of a Windows installer. Just boot and run the Boot Camp assistant again. Remove the partition and then re-create it. Install your Windows operating system and this time use Windows to do a partition format.
  • USB disks and external FireWire don't appear in the startup control panel - to start up using a bootable external drives, hold down the Option (Alt) key as startup ensues and then pick out the external disk you wish to boot from.

Should you use Apple Boot Camp ?

Apple's Boot Camp is easy enough to use and troubleshoot so pretty much anyone can use it. The more important question here is whether or not you actually have a use for it. If you're a Mac user through and through, then Apple Boot Camp will have very little effect on you. If you're anyone who switches between using Mac and Windows units often, then Boot Camp will be a handy little tool for you. At any rate, being able to use two different operating systems on one unit is a practical and economical move as this lets you take advantage of a wider range of applications to address your various needs.

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