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Remove Mac OS X and install Windows?

I installed Windows XP on my Mac with Boot Camp, and now I want to erase OS X. Is it possible?

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marked as duplicate by ChrisF, John T, Diago Jan 7 '10 at 15:44

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So... you bought a Mac, and you're just going to run Windows on it? Couldn't you have saved a lot of money and just bought a cheaper non-mac laptop? –  Jasarien Jan 7 '10 at 13:13
    
WHY??? Why-o-why would someone misuse an Apple computer for Windows? It's like adding two more wheels to your motorbike to change it into a car. If you want a car, but a car. –  Wim ten Brink Jan 7 '10 at 13:30
    
@Jasarien Buying Mac hardware gives you the option of switching to OSX down the line. They might also just like the design/build care. –  ceejayoz Jan 7 '10 at 16:52

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From this thread:

All Boot Camp is, is a glorified partitioner (well, the drivers are the key). Once you have the drivers, you could quit out of boot camp and install XP and erase and reformat the entire drive as NTSF.

The BIOS compatibility in EFI comes from the firmware update, which is required to run Boot Camp, which is a setup assistant that burns a drivers CD and partitions your drive. You only need the firmware update to run Windows, but Apple won't tell you that

And from here:

Boot Camp drivers are used for things like the Apple keyboards, trackpads, mice, special function keys for brightness, etc. to function in Windows. You can download a version of the Boot Camp drivers from Apple's website, but it is only an update and doesn't include the full suite of drivers and device software. Since the full Boot Camp software is on the OS X disc, you will need a copy of the OS X on-hand, but you don't have to have to keep OS X installed.

Which seems to mean that once all the firmware and drivers were installed, you can erase the OSX partition and reformat it for use by Windows.

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actually, the Boot Camp drivers are on the Mac OS X DVD and need to be installed once Windows' set up is complete. I think they have to be seen as something different from the actual "Boot Camp Boot Loader"... In the end, it doesn't tell what is going to happen if you remove the Mac partition! –  Damien Jan 7 '10 at 13:32
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A test can be done using a free partition manager such as GParted to hide the OSX partition. If this works, then it can be recycled. If not, unhiding it will fix the problem, maybe followed by shrinking it to the minimum possible to recuperate maximum space. The later is what I would counsel doing, keeping OSX around just in case. –  harrymc Jan 7 '10 at 13:44

I don't think it is that simple. See that other question for a complete tutorial.

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