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I have a 2012 iMac 21" with the latest Mavericks. I also have a need for a bootable Snow Leopard external drive so I can run Boot Camp with XP. I purchased a Snow Leopard Retail install disk only to find the iMac refuses to boot from it and instead I get a blue screen with Black insert showing unix style error messages. Sorry, but unable to capture these.

I have no doubt I am missing something here, but at a loss for what it is.

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Newer Macs can't run older OSX.

A 2012 iMac will run a Mountain Lion and upward.

  • All this just to run windows only medical info program! Damn LifeScan... – Bill R Feb 6 '14 at 16:20
  • Why would you need Snow Leopard to run Windows ? You can do a Bootcamp partion or use a Virtual Machine. Both solution are available on Mavericks ! – Matthieu Riegler Feb 6 '14 at 16:22
  • Nothing forward of SL allows for XP which is the last Windows I invested in. I refuse to buy any more of their disks. VirtualBox works but LifeScan software doesn't connect from within. – Bill R Feb 6 '14 at 16:46

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