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bootcamp - where is it?
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Oct 27, 2008, 07:13 AM
My wife needed a new computer, so she bought a 24" iMac Widescreen with Leopard 10.5.3 . The salesman
assured her several times that the o/s included Bootcamp. Well, when she got home and set it up, she
couldn't find it. (Neither she nor I are experienced Mac users; I, however, would probably qualify as a very
experienced Microsoft Windows user.) In the process of rooting around, my wife downloaded a bunch of
updates that upgraded the o/s to 10.5.5 . According to what she read , those updates included Bootcamp.
But i still can't find it. Where is it supposed to be (I've looked in the Applications folder and don't recognize
anything) ? What is it, exactly , that i'm looking for? Is it supposed to be called bootcamp.exe? or
bootcamp.dbf? or something entirely different? I know how to install things in the Microsoft world -- how
would i "install" bootcamp if i did find it? Can anyone point me to any online resources for bootcamp?
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Oct 27, 2008, 07:19 AM
Boot Camp is located in /Applications/Utilities (Boot Camp Assistant). Make sure to do a full backup of your data before repartitioning.
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Oct 27, 2008, 11:36 AM
And be sure to print out and read the Installation and Setup Guide before doing any partitioning/installing. One wrong move and you'll have a Mac that won't boot into either OS.
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Oct 27, 2008, 12:29 PM
I think the issue here is the definition of the word "included." Boot Camp is indeed "included" with OS X in the form of the Boot Camp Assistant as mentioned. However, on a new Mac, Boot Camp (with a version of Windows) is not installed. You have to use the Assistant to create the Windows partition and then install Windows (XP SP2 or later; your own copy) to the new partition.

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Oct 30, 2008, 08:51 AM
It sounds like both you and your wife would highly benefit from Woopid

Take a look at this Boot Camp How to/explanation video - after watching, be sure to scroll down and look at the take a step back, moving forward sections depending on whether you're confused of ready to keep moving on.

I also suggest you both watch this general intro video on using the Mac

Also, here are some helpful bundles (which are a group of videos):
How to use 15 new features in Leopard
OSX Leopard for Beginners
The complete "bundle's page

The site will be a good resource for, and I think you'll find the "results as you type" search especially helpful.
Good luck!
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