My MacBook (purchased in 2007) with Windows XP installed through VMware software. I have some important software that works only in XP. My MacBook broke down and I purchased latest MacBook Pro (2015).

I am not able to install Windows XP because the Mac does not allow installation through USB or CD drive. Also OS X help seems to suggest that it won't support XP in Boot camp. Can anyone help me out?

  • You cannot install Windows XP natively on a 2015 MacBook Pro. You can however install it in a virtual machine using VMware Fusion or other type 2 Hypervisor. You'll have to make an ISO image of the Windows XP CD and install it using the ISO Image. – user3439894 Feb 14 '16 at 23:47

If I understand correctly, you just need to install VMware Fusion first, which will allow you to install and run Windows XP as a virtual machine, so that you can install and work with that important software of yours.

If you still have a backup copy of your old XP virtual machine (it's a large single file, if I remember correctly), you should be able to run that. Again, after you have installed VMware Fusion.

Installing Windows using BootCamp is a very different thing (dual booting) and is indeed not supported for XP anymore.

  • Thanks for your answers. The situation is, I have reinstalled VMware fusion (professional version 5.05) and not able to install XP. Mac does not seen to read usb or cd drive and I get error message "Could not open /dev/vmmon: No such file or directory. Please make sure that the kernal module 'vmmon' is loaded" – Param Feb 15 '16 at 3:52
  • @Param VMware Fusion 5 is not supported beyond OS X Mountain Lion and VMware Fusion 8 is the only version officially supported on OS X El Capitan. – user3439894 Feb 15 '16 at 4:03
  • Thanks for the help. I will update to VMware 8 and see it works. – Param Feb 15 '16 at 5:23

You can also use Veertu from Mac Appstore to install Windows XP on your Mac. The app is free for open-source OS usage within their curated catalog and a paid upgrade to run arbitrary OS or Windows from ISO/DVD/CD installers.

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