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I have Windows XP Home installed on my iMac (OSX Software Version 10.4.11) using Boot Camp Beta.

But if I want to reinstall the whole operating system will I be able to get Boot Camp Beta, or any later version of Boot Camp to work again.

My Beta Boot Camp comes up with the message that it is expired when you click on the Boot Camp Assistant icon in the Utilities folder.

So please, is there any way of getting it to work again without having to buy the latest operating system ?
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The Boot Camp public beta has long been expired. It expired when Leopard was released back in 2007, since it became part of the feature set of that OS. If you want to continue to use Boot Camp, you'll need to upgrade to Leopard (10.5), better yet, Snow Leopard (10.6).

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Have not done it myself, but have heard of folks doing a clean install of Snow Leopard and their previous BootCamp partition remaining. Have no clue if that would hold true with a clean install of Tiger or not. Gives you something to google for though.

Have that same era MBP, only with the 2.33 chip. If you're getting ready for a clean install anyway, I'd recommend the upgrade to SL unless you just have a bunch of non-SL compatible apps you're trying to run.

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That's what I feared. I don't really want to upgrade my OS because apart from the unnecessary cost, the upgraded version will most likely run somewhat slower because it is designed for a faster more modern computer. I'll just forget about doing a clean install for now. Thanks folks.
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I believe that SL has been designed to save HD space and run faster, smoother on any system.

Having a slightly older system doesn't necessarily have to make a difference.

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That's what I feared. I don't really want to upgrade my OS because apart from the unnecessary cost, the upgraded version will most likely run somewhat slower because it is designed for a faster more modern computer. I'll just forget about doing a clean install for now. Thanks folks.
Actually, Snow Leopard is said to speed up multi-core machines and is optimized for it. So, you can expect a bump if you go with 10.6.

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I would expect your machine to run a little faster with SL also. As I said, mine is also a late '06 model. I would say mine runs faster than it did on Tiger, but part of mine is due to upgrading to a 7200 rpm drive which makes it hard to judge how much is the OS vs the drive speed.

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