Aug 25, 2011

Win XP SP3 & Bootcamp


The download page for Boot Camp 2.1 says to install it before applying SP3, but my XP installation CD is already SP3. This is a scratch install on a formatted NTFS partition. How am I supposed to install Boot Camp 2.1 first?

(I ask because the XP installation has been hanging at the 33 Minutes Left stage for two hours, and the Caps Lock light no longer toggles, the symptoms of It’s Dead, Jim.)


  • I am using Windows XP Professional, OEM Software, with hologram, purchased for cash money from B&H this very morning.
  • The computer has had all firmware updates applied.
  • Installation stopped hanging after I unplugged the ethernet cable and every device except the keyboard and mouse.
  • I created the (60 GB) partition with Boot Camp Assistant, which formatted it as FAT32, and then elected to convert it to NTFS during the installation.

The puzzle about how to install Boot Camp 2.1 before applying SP3 remains unsolved.


I doubt very much the Install is hanging because of SP3. The drivers Apple is worried about are most likely not even discovered+installed until after the machine has rebooted

I’m guessing the problem is that you are using a Win install CD that has been slipstreamed for a specific make of computer. See:

If the Windows installer didn’t give you the chance to select+reformat your Windows install partition then the install will fail. Easiest solution is to install using a retail CD for the supported version of Windows.

You should also ensure you have applied all available Mac OS firmware updates (via Mac OS Software Update).

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