Boot Camp is a program that allows users of Intel-based MacIntosh computers to run the Microsoft Windows XP operating system . Once Boot Camp has been installed on the Mac's hard drive , the machine can be restarted (re-booted) using either Mac OS X or Windows XP. Boot Camp will be incorporated as a standard feature of the next release of Mac OS X, known as Leopard.
Boot Camp is expected to make Macintosh computers more accessible to users of Windows XP Home Edition or Professional Edition. Boot Camp will also allow current Macintosh users to run more of the programs designed specifically for Windows-based computers. In order for a Mac user to install and run Boot Camp, the following components are necessary:
- An Intel-based Mac with a USB keyboard and mouse or built-in keyboard and TrackPad.
- 10 gigabytes or more of free hard drive space.
- One blank recordable CD or DVD .
- A single-disc version of Windows XP Home Edition or Windows XP Professional.
- Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later.
- Mac OS X version 10.4.6 or later.