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October 4, 2007

Mac Users Only: Install Boot Camp Now

Apple’s Boot Camp, which permits users to load Windows XP onto their Mac laptop, has thus far been a “beta” product. Apple has announced that that Beta will expire this month when Leopard is released. Our information technology director, Jamie Butler, tells me that he has been assured that:

“if you already have Boot Camp installed, your computer will continue to function normally. You should have no problems using your existing windows partitions. Apple is disabling the ability to create additional partitions. The idea is that if a student hasn't installed windows prior to the release of Boot Camp, they will be required to purchase the new version.”

This slight technical detail may seem irrelevant to Law School Innovation, but Mac users at many schools are required to use Boot Camp to access the (alarmingly) Windows-only exam testing software ExamSoft. Thus, if you don’t have Boot Camp already installed, would prefer not to buy Leopard, but still would like to use ExamSoft, you might want to install it now.

Anupam Chander

October 4, 2007 in Technology -- in general | Permalink

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Isn't the beta version expiring because Boot Camp will become an official, built-in feature in Leopard? So, presumably won't our mac-using students be able to use the built-in Boot Camp during exams?

Posted by: Paul Ohm | Oct 4, 2007 3:04:10 PM

Oh, never mind. I reread the post. The concern seems to be about students who don't upgrade to Leopard. They'll no longer have a free option for dual booting. Right?

Posted by: Paul Ohm | Oct 4, 2007 3:05:48 PM

One word: Parallels. Works like a charm on intel-chipped Macs and you don't have to reboot to switch between operating systems.

Posted by: Harvey Morrell | Oct 5, 2007 9:25:27 AM

Law schools prohibit the use of Parallels or VMWare Fusion with ExamSoft's SofTest because virtualization defeats the purpose of SofTest, which is to lock down the hardware and turn your computer into a typewriter.

Some schools (such as mine - Santa Clara) don't even allow the use of Boot Camp with SofTest.

Posted by: Erik | Oct 6, 2007 1:57:49 PM

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