I don't use Boot Camp for much other than a few games, but I definitely do use that installation of Windows from time to time.<br><br>I don't have the interest to really invest in maintaining a good Windows installation. I do run the free versions of antivirus, and I know how to boot in safe mode, but I never do. If things start looking hairy I just re-install.<br><br>It can be pretty time consuming and this is where Winclone comes in. Its an OSX binary that will make an entire image backup of an NTFS formatted disk (and restore it).<br><br>So, I load a fresh copy of XP, load the Boot Camp drivers, go through all 100 or so updates to it, set the preferences how I like them and then clone it to a drive on my Mac. Things get wonky and I'll just erase and re-image my fresh system all within OSX.<br><br>Splendid!<br><br>
i only use parallels because i upgraded from a virtual PC copy of Windows XP and didn't know how to do it with Boot Camp at the time.<br><br>but, when i buy my Mac Pro soon, i'll buy a fresh copy of Vista (or XP) and install on boot camp. thanks for the tip.<br><br>
where do you get the free antivirus software? I run parallels and fear my 'liddle-wee' Windoze installation will get a liddle bit of a cold?<br><br> . . . . . . . why am I talking in a stupib baby voice? jeeesh!<br><br>Aoteroa - Land of the Long White Cloud
Aoteroa - Land of the Long White Cloud
Don't forget spyware too. Install Microsoft's Windows Defender and at least one of the following: <br>Spybot Search & Destroy <br>AdAware<br><br>I run both but not that often since the PC gets less and less use.<br><br>
Rats, it doesn't work of FAT32, which is how I formatted my XP partiition since I want to be able to copy files to it from OS X. I suppose I can change the formatting to NTFS since I won't be copying a lot of files.<br><br><br>BTW, posting this from XP Home edition I bought from Tiger Direct. If anyone's looking for an inexpensive XP, this is the cheapest I could find.<br><br>
Ahhh, right. I didn't think about mentioning that.<br><br>Although, since OSX's file system can already read/write to FAT32, you might be able to use any number of typical OSX cloning utilities for your partition.<br><br>I never considered using FAT32 because:<br><br>A) I have a full disk dedicated to Boot Camp.<br><br>B) I'm pretty sure FAT32 is slower than NTFS.<br><br>
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