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!

Comments

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:

www.cdekey.com

www.gankings.com

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.

thepcgeek (author)2016-02-10

You have been reported for spam. You can't buy keys for cheap and you need to purchase it from Microsoft! Piracy is illegal. Also Windows XP doesn't sell anymore and keys are useless since Windows XP is out of support!

thepcgeek (author)2016-02-10

You have been reported for spam. You can't buy keys for cheap and you need to purchase it from Microsoft! Piracy is illegal. Also Windows XP doesn't sell anymore and keys are useless since Windows XP is out of support!

thepcgeek (author)2016-02-10

You have been reported for spam. You can't buy keys for cheap and you need to purchase it from Microsoft! Piracy is illegal. Also Windows XP doesn't sell anymore and keys are useless since Windows XP is out of support!

thepcgeek (author)2016-02-10

You have been reported for spam. You can't buy keys for cheap and you need to purchase it from Microsoft! Piracy is illegal. Also Windows XP doesn't sell anymore and keys are useless since Windows XP is out of support!

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