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I have a legal copy of Vista which I used to use before I had a drive failure on my mid 2010 27" iMac. Since then I've installed OSX Mavericks, and now it's telling me that only Windows 7 and 8 are supported via Boot Camp.

I tried circumventing this by booting from the Vista disk, but it won't let me install because now OSX uses GPT instead of MBR (or so it seems). I really don't want to have to buy Windows 7 since I only need Windows for a few games. Is there any way around or am I stuck?

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You can do it without using Boot Camp, just make this few steps:

  1. Install rEFIt.

  2. Resize your disk so you get some free space for vista.

  3. Create a new partition from that free space.

  4. Boot up your Mac with the Vista install disk inserted.

  5. Install Vista onto the new created partition.

If you need a more detailed How-To/Tutorial/Manual/Assist (or what ever you will call it), have a look here http://lifehacker.com/5531037/how-to-triple-boot-your-mac-with-windows-and-linux-no-boot-camp-required

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You will still need the Boot Camp support software, with the drivers on it. I'd recommend getting hold of a version of those for an earlier version of Boot Camp that does support Vista, though –  Scott Earle Jul 2 at 14:58
    
I think they are on my snow leopard dvd, right? –  Jester87 Jul 2 at 15:16
    
you can use Boot Camp to only create the driver cd/dvd. But you may get into trouble if you have a new Mac and would like to install an older OS such as XP or Vista. There is a Disscussion about that on the Apple Page discussions.apple.com/message/18697939 –  konqui Jul 3 at 4:39

Boot Camp is the fastest, easiest and most stable method, although Parallels is also available and is often used.

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VMWare Fusion is good too. –  Michael Stern Jul 2 at 14:48
    
Boot Camp 4 and 5 do not support Vista. –  Jester87 Jul 2 at 14:48
    
Also, virtualization comes with a performance hit which won't be good for playing games such as Skyrim. –  Jester87 Jul 2 at 14:49

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