Introduction: Install Windows XP on a PowerPC-based Mac

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You probably want Windows XP on your old iMac right?

Well, this guide is for you! We will show you how to install Windows XP on a PowerPC-based Mac.

Step 1: Requirements

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Recommended Requirements:

- 1.8 GHz PowerPC G5 Processor

- Mac OS X 10.5.6 or higher

- A fresh Windows XP disc image

- 2 GB of RAM

Minimum Requirements:

- 1 GHz PowerPC G4 Processor

- Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher

- A fresh Windows XP disc image

- 1 GB of RAM

If your Mac model meets the recommended requirements, you are fine. If your Mac meets the minimum requirements, Windows XP might not work or will be very slow.

Step 2: Get the Q Emulator

We found an emulator called Q. It is fully tested with Windows XP. For the best results, make sure Q is the only application running or Windows XP will slow down.

WARNING: The performance of your Windows XP VM vastly depends on your Mac's hardware/RAM. If your Mac is slow, try upgrading your RAM. OWC provides PowerPC-based iMac RAM.

Download the Q emulator

Step 3: Create the VM

So now that you have the Q emulator, create a new PC and make sure that Windows XP is selected in the drop down box. When you are done with the setup, install Windows XP!


thepcgeek (author)2016-02-10

Beware of Windows XP scammers! They provide keys for cheap but they will steal your money $$$! And Windows XP is out of support!

Example Scams:

Take care guys!

CollinB18 (author)thepcgeek2017-04-29

Oh yeah, plenty of those

thepcgeek (author)2016-02-10

WARNING: Take care, there are scammers around selling Windows XP keys! Windows XP is out of support so you can't obtain a new key!

CollinB18 made it! (author)2017-04-29

I got it working on an eMac G4 /w 2 GB of RAM

The image, however, is upside down

GTS250Gamer101 (author)CollinB182017-08-02

Nice! I remember using eMacs waaay long ago in school :)

thepcgeek (author)GTS250Gamer1012017-08-04

eMacs are one of my personal favorite Mac computers.