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    Install XP on VMFusion using an HP install disk
    I have Vista installed on my MacBook Pro, using VMFusion. It's like molasses. I'd like to install XP without forking out several hundred more dollars. I have an XP install disk that came with an HP laptop that I used to use. Would I be able to install Windows XP using this install/restore disk?

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    That probably violates the EULA, but without seeing it, I can't tell. My advice is to just give it a try to create the VM - you don't have to delete the one you have, just make a new one. You'll find out soon enough if it doesn't work, and the VMs are easy to delete. But it probably won't work.

    I note that OEM copies of XP on newegg.com are pretty cheap, around $100. Another option to speed up Vista is to max out your Mac's memory.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by yoyodesuyo View Post
    I have Vista installed on my MacBook Pro, using VMFusion. It's like molasses. I'd like to install XP without forking out several hundred more dollars. I have an XP install disk that came with an HP laptop that I used to use. Would I be able to install Windows XP using this install/restore disk?
    As you've been advised, installing the HP OEM version is a violation of the MS EULA and it more than likely will not work anyway. Best advice is to forget it.

    If Vista is slow, add more memory and update the current Windows video driver (if possible) that you're using.

    Another option is to get rid of Vista entirely and install the free Windows 7 public beta that's available. It can be used until sometime this Summer before it expires. Windows 7 is faster than Vista and so far looks good.

    Regards.

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    Thanks for the responses. I think I'll give it a try to see if it works.

    *I was going to try with Windows 7 beta, but it looks like I just missed the Windows 7 beta download.

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