YouTuber Installs Windows XP on Touchscreen MacBook – See the Predictable Results

In context: Windows XP is one of the most popular versions of Windows despite its quirks. Released in 2001, it was the definitive OS for an entire generation of kids for whom the “Bliss” wallpaper and the iconic startup chime were a part of everyday life for almost a decade.

Windows XP has been discontinued for so long that the four Windows iterations following it have also reached the end of support. Still, many DIY tech enthusiasts try to turn back the clock and recreate its magic by installing it on modern hardware, if only for nostalgia.

YouTuber Michael MJD took a slightly different route and installed Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 on a MacBook from 2011, modified by Lingraphica with a plug-in touchscreen for accessibility. The whole process went about as well as you’d expect. Apparently, cramming a decades-old Microsoft OS into an old Apple laptop proved difficult due to multiple hardware compatibility and driver issues. However, despite the teething troubles, he eventually got the OS running and even played Half-Life at a decent framerate.

Michael installed XP via Apple’s Boot Camp software. Since he wanted to utilize the MacBook’s touchscreen, he had to use a custom ISO that supported the tablet features of the OS. The official version sourced from the Internet Archives defaulted to the regular PC version of Windows XP every time it detected incompatible tablet hardware.

Even with the custom ISO, Michael still didn’t have the correct drivers, causing the installer to crash continually. Michael installed a Hampshire Touch Windows driver from Internet Archive to fix the compatibility issues with the MacBook’s touchscreen. The driver worked, and the installation wizard recognized the uncalibrated touchscreen.

The graphics driver initially had issues, as well. However, the correct version from Nvidia wasn’t too hard to find, and he soon had everything up and running. Once Michael had all the drivers installed, the MacBook functioned as expected. The media buttons, audio, graphics, and everything else worked, allowing Michael to show off the Windows XP’s tablet features. He also got Half-Life running on the device with a very playable framerate but had some issues when tinkering with resolutions.

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