I did something last night that I didn’t think I’d ever do… No, I didn’t shave my head like my BF Britney. It’s too cold here for that and besides, I have an oddly shaped noggin. ;o)
What I did do is install Windows XP Professional on my Macbook Pro. Did I just hear a collective gasp from the audience? Yes, It’s true, I did it after several hours of frustration trying to get the Sony Reader Connect software installed on my Acer Ferrari laptop running Vista. The install process would appear to be working normally, only to stop with a lame message saying that it had been interrupted. Wow, thanks for the details! I tried a couple of times and then went to Sony’s site and grabbed their latest version that is supposed to be Vista compatible. No joy; it gave me the same results.
Then I remembered the DualCor CPC and booted it up only to remember that I needed to install Bluetooth drivers so that I could use a BT mouse and keyboard with it. An hour later, I still trying to get my Thinkoutside BT keyboard to work with the CPC. It kept asking me for the passcode when I would pair the two devices, but then I could not get the onscreen keyboard to allow me to type the code in the box. ARGH.
At this point I was getting kind of antsy because it was late in the evening and I needed to redeem a $50 gift certificate for the Connect store before it expired today. Then I had a light bulb moment and realized that DUH, I could install Apple’s Boot Camp or Parallels Desktop software on my Intel iMac or Macbook Pro. I decided to try the 15 day trial of Parallels instead of going with Boot Camp, which is free. My decision was based on the fact that the Boot Camp download is 143mb vs. 30mb for Parallels Desktop. My satellite has not been behaving nicely lately, so I didn’t want to wait 8.34 months for the download to complete.
A few minutes later, I launched the application, it asked me for my Windows CD and away it went! There was a sticky moment in the process, where it said it could not find a prior version of Windows and asked me for an NT, 2000, or 98 CD. I was puzzled because I was pretty sure my XP CD was not an upgrade CD… I got a little nervous would I could not find my old Win 98 disc. Luckily though, I found a Windows XP Home disc that it did accept. Approximately 30 minutes later, Windows was installed and ready to go.
It’s a very odd feeling to see a window with the Windows desktop on my Mac. So far I’m impressed though. The install of Sony’s Reader software went through without a hitch and I was able to redeem my gift certificate. Yay!