17th March 2006
Macworld reports that hacker have an Intel-based iMac up and running with Windows XP. Here is an excerpt:
Yesterday was a milestone day for the Mac. A pair of enterprising hackers got Windows XP to boot on an Intel-based Mac, and won almost $14,000 for their troubles.We at Macworld sacrificed one of our iMacs and joined forces with PC World to see this first-hand. And indeed, thanks to the hard work of PC Worldâ€™s Danny Allen, weâ€™ve got a working Windows iMac.
If youâ€™re wondering how this new system works, thereâ€™s a massive amount of detail floating around the Web. But the short, less technical version is this: thereâ€™s some clever software that makes EFI, the Intel iMacâ€™s equivalent of a PCâ€™s BIOS, act like BIOS. Once thatâ€™s installed, you can boot off of a modified Windows XP installation CD-Rom and install Windows as normal. (Youâ€™ll need to wipe your hard drive and create two partitions, one for Mac and one for Windows, first.)
Once the installation is done, the dual-boot Mac behaves just like a Mac when in OS X mode. But when you restart the system, OS X doesnâ€™t automatically reboot. Instead, a colorful Apple logo appears on the Macâ€™s gray boot-up screen. Pressing the up- and down-arrow keys toggles between that logo and a colorful Windows XP logo. Once youâ€™ve chosen which operating system to boot into, press return: youâ€™ll either see the dark-gray silhouetted Apple logo, or an equivalent dark-gray silhouetted Windows logo. And then a normal boot cycle will commence.
Mac users are Mac users because they love the Mac. But some of us, from time to time, need to run Windows â€” usually for a small collection of programs that arenâ€™t Mac compatible. For anyone who has the need to boot into Windows from time to time, this is great news â€” because it means that we can stop buying PCs altogether, and just keep an extra partition handy on our Macs.
All I can say is nifty!