August 2nd, 2011, 19:43 PM
OS X Lion requires Windows 7 for Boot Camp
Boot Camp, the Mac OS X utility that lets Mac owners run Windows in a separate partition, now requires Microsoft's newest operating system, the company said Monday in a support document.
All new installations of Mac OS X 10.7, aka Lion, are equipped with Boot Camp 4, which runs only Windows 7. The older Vista and even-creakier Windows XP do not work in Boot Camp 4.
According to Apple, Boot Camp 4 requires: "An authentic, single, full-installation, 32-bit or 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate disc."
But Mac users who are upgrading to Lion or migrating an older pre-Lion machine to new hardware powered by Lion can retain the older Boot Camp 3 and thus the ability to run Vista or Windows XP, Apple said. Those customers cannot upgrade to Boot Camp 4.
"If your Mac has a Boot Camp partition with Windows XP or Windows Vista, you can continue to use your Boot Camp partition, but you can't upgrade to Boot Camp 4.0," Apple said in the online document.
Full story: Computerworld