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Boot Camp is a collection of technologies made available by Apple that assists users in installing BIOS-based operating systems on Intel-based Macintosh computers. Boot Camp initially consisted of a non-destructive partitioning tool and a CD-ROM image with device drivers for Windows. In addition to device drivers for the hardware, the CD includes a Windows control panel for setting the primary operating system. Boot Camp is not a virtualization tool, which would allow the Windows and Mac OS X operating systems to run concurrently; instead, the computer must be restarted to use either operating system. A boot manager allows for selection of operating systems.

Beta testing and release[]

Apple provided no official support for Boot Camp or Windows when it entered public beta in 2006 for Mac OS X 10.4.6. Windows XP was never made available in Apple Stores, making installation the responsibility of the user. Unresolvable issues required the reinstallation of Mac OS X.

The technology was officially released as version 2.0 with Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) in 2007. Boot Camp beta downloads were removed from the Apple site for Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) users, making Leopard a prerequisite for running the official release version.

System requirements[]

Boot Camp requires that users upgrade the firmware on their Intel-based Macintosh to the latest version, which includes the boot-loader and BIOS compatibility module required to get the EFI based machines to boot legacy operating systems.

Beta requirements[]

Windows 10 requirements[]

Unsupported devices[]

While the driver disk created by Boot Camp allows Windows XP hardware support for the majority but not all of a Mac's system components, it did not support the following:

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