MacOSX / Bootcamp / Installing Windows XP without SPs / there is not enough disk space on $ntservicepackuninstall$ to install service pack bla

Sometimes you have to do things you don’t want. Today I needed to install something under Windows to convert some fileformat (media file format) for which I cannot find Linux or Mac converters. Not even Mplayer can play it. Only some weird proprietary Windows app.

So basically; I needed Windows. And I hate Windows. And not without passion; I really hate it. But ok, enough about that.

I have a Mac Mini standing on my desk gathering dust (oh did I mention I hate Mac OS X too?), so I thought ; I can install on that.

Not that easy. Requires an XP disk with SP2. And ofcourse I didn’t have that. As I really don’t want to pay for stuff I already have, I took an XP version from 2001 (so without any SPs) and tried to find a way to install that on the Mac Mini. Legal as I don’t even have the computer anymore on which is belonged, but I have the ‘authentic Windows crap sticker’ still.

The installation from within Bootcamp went ‘smooth’, although Windows doesn’t want to shutdown or restart, you have to force it down by holding the shutdown button.

And almost none of the software/drivers Apple provides work without SP2. Even worse (well… not much worse); Mac OS X doesn’t boot anymore.

Anyway; I got the SP2 download and burnt it on a CD under Linux and tried to install it under the non-SP version on the Mac Mini. Unfortunately, it started yelping about some missing 4 mb’s of space……. 4 mbs. Ofcourse I have more than 20 gb free so that could not be right.

Quite annoyingly, the Mac community is not of the technical details; when searching for these kind of problems, people keep repeating in forums that I insulted my Mac by installing Windows OR that I did not read and MUST HAVE SP2 Windows install CD OR that I should just reinstall everything. All very helpful. Not.

So I was faced with two problems;

– no more Mac OS X
– Windows couldn’t install the SP so I couldn’t install any drivers etc

The former was not that important for me as I don’t like Mac OS X that much and certainly never use it if I can avoid it.

But for the latter I started this whole adventure, so I couldn’t give that up.

I read all messages about this problem and the solution turned out to be very (very) simple;

Windows-R (Start->Run)
regedit

Add a String

key = BootDir
value = C:

To

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionSetup]

And rerun the SP2 installer.

Why didn’t they just SAY so?

Anyway; if/when I have Mac OS X back I’ll report it here and people can use nice old CD’s of XP they find in car boot sales, instead of paying money to that company we all love.

Edit: Well, that was ofcourse kind of simple;

– remove the read only flag from c:boot.ini
– edit boot.ini
– put at the end c:CHAIN0=”Mac OS X”
– save
– put this file in you c:
– reboot

Not Boot Camp, but working fine.

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