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how to install Windows XP on Mac mini 2011

hello,

I have a mac mini i5, i want to install windows XP so i can choose between Mac OS or Win OS when the mac boots, I need experienced people who have done this before, i don't wanna mess with my mac and delete it by misleading information. I'm not a newbie but i just don't have experience with Macs.

Thank you
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
It is more convenient and better in my opinion to use VMware Fusion (or like product) and make XP a virtual machine. Then you can use either machine simultaneously. I have Windows 7 and a couple of XP guest machines.

... Thinkpads_User
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FDomingos88Commented:
thinkpads presented a great solution, if you have at least 4 GB of ram, and can allocate at least 2 to the virtual machine, that's the way to go.

If you need to play games, I would recommend using bootcamp, which will allow you to choose between mac or windows at boot.
To install windows on a mac through bootcamp, open finder and in the left side choose Application, then go to the utilities folder and double click on the bootcamp assistant. Press next and it will ask you if you want to download the bootcamp utilities (or drivers, I don't remember very well, but it's something similar to this), i recommend clicking no if you have the Mac OS X DVD as it contains the required drivers which can be updated to the latest version if it's outdated, otherwise click yes, you will need an empty dvd to do that. Then it appears a dialog asking you how much space do you want for the new partition, choose it and click next, sometimes the partitioning fails, in this case, I recommend you to move some files to other device, like an external hard drive, or if you have a defragmentation utility, defragment it, this can happen because bootcamp partition from the end of the disk, and if you have file fragments in that place, it will give an error.
After a successful partitioning, you will be asked to insert the Windows CD/DVD, insert it and after it was recognized, the assistant will tell you to restart your mac, restart it by pressing the restart button, and after the restart the windows installer will start, install windows in the Bootcamp partition (you may need to format it), and after it was installed, install the drivers, which are either on your MAC OS X DVD or in the dvd that you created in the beginning of the assistant.

To alternate between operating systems, hold the alt key on startup until it shows the partitions with the installed operating systems.
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World05Author Commented:
Thank you everyone for your help, actually i have 8 GB RAM, i'm working on GNS3 for Cisco routers simulations, i don't think vmware fusion will handle this because when you start the router, it consumes all your CPU until it gets 100% then i have to choose the idle pc to get it back to like 3% CPU usage, when the CPU came to 100% what i think will happen is that vmware fusion will crash because it will not support all that heavy work
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
VMware Workstation can handle heavy loads without crashing, and does not consume the CPU. So that must be unique to Fusion.

There is a product Parallels for Mac for running Windows on a MAC (www.parallels.com). Take a look a that as well.

... Thinkpads_User
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World05Author Commented:
you know what? i'm gonna give Vmware fusion a shot, you know.. i have nothing to loose, i'll use the trial version and if it works as expected i'll buy a licence. i'll let you know the outcome soon
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World05Author Commented:
Sorry ThinkPad you were talking about Vmware Workstation, I think i was thinking of something else when i read your comment, well is the vmware workstation works with Mac?
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Fusion is for MAC's, Workstation is for Windows. They are still VMware products. Sorry to confuse you there.

.... Thinkpads_User
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World05Author Commented:
ah great ok, no problem i'll try Vmware Fusion since i have a Mac OS
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FDomingos88Commented:
GNS3 has a mac version, have you tried it? http://www.gns3.net/download
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FDomingos88Commented:
You can also try this alternative based on debian, which you can run in a virtual machine http://www.gopherden.com/2011/07/26/cisco-l2l3-iou-rack/ .
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World05Author Commented:
@FDomingos88: thanks for sharing your thoughts, yes i already use gns3 for Mac, but i'm not used to work on Mac yet, i don't feel comfortable 100% (sorry steve jobs)  

this cisco l2l3 is something good, have you tried it by yourself? is there other solutions like this one i didn't know about?
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World05Author Commented:
hello guys, when i started the process to install Windows XP i found that my system do not support xp, they invit me to install Windows 7 instead. So i went ahead and started with the help of boot Camp assistance, my problem is they ask me to download an update called "windows support software" and it's too slow to download, is there anyway to do it ?
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FDomingos88Commented:
Sorry for the delay.

I haven't tried Cisco I2I3, but I have a friend who uses it almost daily, and he says that is great. The only Cisco networking software that I used was Cisco Packet Tracer while in college.

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FDomingos88Commented:
Do you have the Mac OS X DVD? If you have it, you can use it to install the software (running in the windows partition), then update it by using apple software update that it installed on Windows.

And yes, the download in very very slow (happened to me before I found that the Snow Leopard DVD had the drivers).
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World05Author Commented:
hello,

here is what i did, i installed windows 7 without downloading any windows support software and it worked, i can boot windows 7, but see the problem when i boot the mac, it doesn't give me the choice to choose between mac or windows, all i can see is the gray screen and 3 seconds it boots to windows 7...

in addition, when i bought this mac mini no cd/dvd were delivered with it.

Please help me
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zakar1aCommented:
all you have to do is to press the left Alt for a while when you get the gray/Blank screen then it will show you your boot hard drivers and you can pick up one and press return
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FDomingos88Commented:
Ok, try to download again the windows support software from bootcamp assistant and it to a dvd or usb pen, you'll need this because it's the system drivers, then install them in Windows.


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World05Author Commented:
@FDomingos88: is there an alternative source to download those windows support software and burn them then install them? i've got sick by waiting hours and hours, it's too slooooow :(
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World05Author Commented:
guys i got a mac os x lion dvd, but when i put it in my dvd the windows 7 doesn't react to that dvd, nothing happen, and my dvd reader is empty :(
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FDomingos88Commented:
Sorry for the delay.
In this site http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1219929, there's a user who posted the windows support software. If they're like the Snow Leopard ones, they work in every mac.

Your dvd probably was burned as MAC only dvd (option available in Roxio Toast).
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you. I was pleased to assist, and good luck going forward with XP and with your MAC. .... Thinkpads_User
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World05Author Commented:
thank you, the vmware fusion was my best choice.
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