Boot up WindowsXP hard drive on Macbook?

Am I able to run windows from a windows installed HDD on a Macbook? I tried it with a 64-bit Vista hard drive which started loading WIndows but crashed with the blue screen of death. I assume it's either because windows isn't compatible or it's because it was 64-bit. If I use a 32 bit Windows hard drive will I be able to use it with Macbook hardware?
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bobross419Commented:
How old is the Macbook?  If it uses the old processors instead of Intel you could run into problems.  If it is using an Intel chipset then you can install XP.

Give this a read:
http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=39253
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MaestroDTCommented:
Let me get this straight -- are you saying you installed Windows onto a hard drive on one computer, took the hard drive out, and are trying to boot it up on the Mac?

No, this will not work. This doesn't even work if you take the hard drive to another PC unless the hardware configuration is exactly the same because the hardware abstraction layer will crash your system during boot up. (HAL error)
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bobross419Commented:
It didn't even occur to me that he might be doing that Maestro.  Maestro is correct.  Try installing the HDD first then installing Windows to the HDD while it is in the Mac Book.
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MaestroDTCommented:
If you are just trying to install windows on the Mac, then it will only work if you have an intel processor (older Macs don't use this) ... also, you'll need to install 32-bit unless you have a 64-bit processor.
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ManyErrorsAuthor Commented:
The mac does have an intel processor.

The only problem is that the CD-drive in the mac book is broken so it can't be installed on that machine. Is it possible to configure a Windows installation to match the Mac hardware using Virtual Machine software?
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dinsjCommented:
Yeah on the virtual machine you should be able to point your cd with the virtualization software at a img file or mount the image
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bobross419Commented:
You can install Windows from a USB.  There are plenty of recipes on the internet for this.  If you already have a USB it should be quicker than VM, if you don't and have access to VM I'd just go that route and save a few bucks for a replacement CD Drive.
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ManyErrorsAuthor Commented:
So an external CD drive doesn't need an OS to function?

 Mac CD drive replacements aren't sold anywhere and from what I've read paying to replace it is costly. I have VMware on this computer though I've never really used it. Is the process simple?
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MaestroDTCommented:
If you're willing to use Win7, you can install it on a Mac via flash drive.

1°) Make a bootable NTFS USB key with the installation of Windows 7 on it using the official tool by Microsoft (http://store.microsoft.com/Help/ISO-Tool); you must have a working Windows copy for this
2°) Make another USB key (HFS+) with rEFIt on it (I think that installing rEFIt on your hd should be ok too but I personally preferred to avoid it); look a the doc here : http://refit.sourceforge.net/doc/c1s1_install.html
3°) Reboot your computer with both keys plugged in; select rEFIt and then in its menu, simply launch Windows

(see http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=631901&page=4)

I don't believe the Mac works correctly with XP install on the flash drive, even though a PC will, so it'd have to be Win7.

If you are stuck with Windows XP, you can use VMWare and install it as a virtual machine, then run that on top of the Mac OS. Virtual machines are really simple to use and they're awesome. You can run the virtual machine installation from a .iso file, so if the optical drive on your Mac is broken, you can still get the installation to work this way.

Just remember, for ANY COMPUTER OR OS, you have to install it on the system you plan to use it on. Operating Systems are not transplantable, you can't install them on one computer then move them to another.
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MaestroDTCommented:
Also, if you are considering Windows 7, I'd just like to point out that it has an amazing virtual XP feature built in, so you can run XP within 7 if you decide to install 7 on your Mac.
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ManyErrorsAuthor Commented:
I'm going through the VMware installation with Win XP. How do I configure the hardware to the setup on the Mac? Or is there another way to setup a virtual machine similar enough to the Mac for the OS to function when I transfer it over?
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ManyErrorsAuthor Commented:
I should also add that I'm doing this because the hard drive on the mac is broken, so I'm replacing it with a blank one that I need to get some kind of OS onto so my girlfriend can use her mac again. I can't install whatever it is on the mac since I don't have Win 7 for a flash drive  and the cd drive on the mac is broken.
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MaestroDTCommented:
Ok man... I think you're getting the wrong idea about virtual machines.

Virtual Machines do not support themselves. They have to run on top of another OS. You can't put a virtual machine on a HDD by itself, then put the HDD in your Mac and boot it up.

You have to install Mac OS or Windows on your laptop. Once that's done, you can install VMWare and run the virtual machine on TOP of that, but I repeat, virtual machines need to run on top of another OS.

The reason why they're handy is because you can install a Virtual Machine on your PC, save it to a file, then open it up on your Mac or another machine, provided they both have VMWare installed.

Understand? You still have to install a regular OS, so you're either going to have to fix that CDROM or use the flash drive method with Win7.
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ManyErrorsAuthor Commented:
Alright, didn't seem too practical to create a clone of the mac. If I managed to get an external cd drive would I be alble to install XP?I thought something like that needed an OS to function?
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MaestroDTCommented:
I see where you got confused. You asked if its possible to configure a Windows installation to match the Mac hardware using a Virtual Machine and were given this answer:
      
"Yeah on the virtual machine you should be able to point your cd with the virtualization software at a img file or mount the image"

Let me clarify. You can take a virtual machine back and forth from computer to computer. They don't need to match hardware because they are by nature hardware independent. Its the same sort of concept as Java programs or Flash. Both can run programs on Windows or Mac, right? This other poster was telling you how to install a virtual machine on your Windows PC that you could then take and run on Mac OS.

VMWare is a program that runs on Windows or Mac, just like Flash or Java. And just like Flash and Java, they need an OS to function.
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MaestroDTCommented:
Well think about it... if everything needed an OS to run, how do we install Windows from a CD to begin with?

I believe what you're getting mixed up is if your computer supports booting from USB or not. Your external CD-ROM is USB, correct? On many older computers, you can't boot from a USB device, meaning you'd only be able to use a USB CD-ROM within the OS with the driver installed.

The only way to know if your system supports booting from USB is to try it out! If it is an intel-based Mac, then I suspect chances are high that it will. Plug the external CD-ROM in, put the XP disc in, and look for an option to boot from USB or External CDROM right when your computer starts booting up.
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ManyErrorsAuthor Commented:
Good information given, but did not relate to the solution
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ManyErrorsAuthor Commented:
I opened the Mac up, fixed the drive, and used the recovery CD's to reinstall the mac os, thanks for the info, it useful stuff.
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bobross419Commented:
Nice work ManyErrors, glad you were able to get it fixed yourself :)
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