One of my favorite PC games is still the original release of Rollercoaster Tycoon created by Chris Sawyer. Unfortunately, the game will NOT run in Windows 7 or Windows 8 properly (keeps crashing, won’t load saved games, etc.). In order to properly run the game I needed a Windows XP computer. I didn’t want to deal with taking a performance hit by loading up a virtual XP machine on my Windows 8 laptop, so Instead I wanted to use Boot Camp on my white Macbook and load up Windows XP in a 32 GB partition. The problem is that I upgraded to Lion on the Macbook and Boot Camp in Lion only supports Windows 7 from here on out.
I found out that as long as you had Windows XP on a 2nd partition on the Mac BEFORE you upgrade to OS X Lion, the Windows XP OS would remain intact. So, here is what I had to do to get Windows XP as the 2nd boot option on my Macbook with Lion:
- Backed up all data to my Time Machine backup hard drive.
- Boot the Macbook with the Snow Leopard DVD.
- Wiped the hard drive using the Disk Utility, then installed Snow Leopard from scratch.
- Booted Mac OS X Snow Leopard for the first time and DID NOT perform software updates.
- Launched Boot Camp immediately and installed Windows XP.
- After XP was installed and working, I rebooted the Macbook to OS X Snow Leopard and performed all software updates and patches.
- Logged into my Apple ID in the Mac App Store and performed the upgrade to Lion.
- Performed a data restore from the Time Machine backup hard drive.
So, now I am running OS X Lion and still have my Windows XP partition intact. There probably is an easier way to get Windows XP running alongside OS X Lion on a Mac, but this was my own process for how I got it running. Yes, this process is a pain in the butt to perform but was a small price to pay to be able to enjoy a PC gaming classic.