Windows Vista to Run on the New Intel Based Macs

Saw this article on WindowsITPro.com, by Paul Thurrott, that says Windows Vista will run on the new Intel based Macs, but that Apple will not support or promote it, they will pretty much be on their own. But that’s never stopped most of you before, has it?

“We don’t mind [if people want to install Windows on Macs],” Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller said this week. “If there are people who love our hardware but are forced to put up with a Windows world, then that’s OK.” On the flipside, Apple won’t allow customers to install Intel-based versions of Mac OS X on standard PCs. Apple will begin selling its first retail version of an Intel-based Mac OS X version, code-named Leopard, in 2007.

One technical problem will require some thinking, at least for Windows XP users. The new Macs use a new type of BIOS named Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI), which Intel developed. This interface is currently incompatible with the 32-bit version of XP. However, it’s likely that an enterprising hacker will create an OS boot loader of some kind that lets customers install XP and then dual boot it with Mac OS X.

Unlike XP, Vista, Microsoft’s next-generation OS, natively supports EFI, so it should be relatively easy to wipe out Mac OS X and install Vista on the new Macs. And because the Intel-based Macs are based on standard Intel and ATI hardware, Vista will likely prove to be compatible with the system’s hardware.

Paul said he has already orderd his 20 inch iMac from Apple to test it in the weeks ahead. No one in my organization runs Macs, so I will be forced to come up with some new compelling reason to order one if I want to play with it. I could order it to replace my personal laptop….