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Apple Releases Boot Camp 1.3, With Driver Update

Still in public beta format, Boot Camp was the first software that allowed users of Intel-based Mac computers to run both Windows and Mac OS X.

Since then, multiple commercial solutions have appeared, such as Parallels Desktop for Mac, CrossOver Mac, VMware Fusion, and TransGaming Cider. All of them are based on the architecture of the Intel microprocessor used in the new Macs to allow both Windows and games or applications based on that operating system to run faster than previously possible through emulation programs.

Boot Camp 1.3 adds support for keyboard backlighting on MacBook Pro, and now supports Apple Remote capability, in addition to offering updated graphics drivers, improving Boot Camp drive installation, international keyboard support, solving some issues related to locating, and updating Windows help for Boot Camp.

Upgrading to the new version does not require re-partitioning the hard drive or re-installing Mac or Windows software or documents, but it does require updating the Boot Camp Assistant software, creating a new CD with Mac drivers and install the updated software that contains them in Windows.

The system requirements are an Intel processor-based Mac, Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later, the latest firmware updates, 10 GB of free hard disk space, a recordable CD or DVD, printing instructions, and a version. complete with Windowx XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2, Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Business or Ultimate.