My old Macbook with Windows XP

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After searching for many of my old (mostly broken) laptops I finally found one that worked! I plugged in the charger and was shocked to find a MacBook with Windows XP built-in. The last time I had shown off a laptop in my blog, it barely worked and it was tedious to get it running However, this amazing laptop actually works like it is brand new. I was trying to use the already installed browser, Chrome, however, because of the os being outdated, Google wouldn't allow me to use it. I had to install the MyPal browser through Internet Explorer. All sites have worked very well. I might install Windows 7 or Linux on this laptop for better security, but as of now, I plan to stay on XP. I was also happy to find that the Office 2007 suite was built in. Any tips on what I could do with this piece of art.

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Nice. A MacBook Pro could run decent versions of Windows and Linux if enough RAM is installed. No idea about the Mac OS part (what is the newest official OS for the computer and when did Apple drop support?)
 
Depending on which model exactly that is you may actually be able to run a fairly modern or even the latest version of macOS. Wikipedia's got a really nice table of all the MacBook Pro specs for identifying it, or just boot to Mac OS X and see what it says under system profiler.

If it's a 3,1 (Mid 2007) or newer you'll be able to run OS X El Capitan (10.11) officially and if it's a 4,1 (Early 2008) then you can run all the way up to the latest using either dosdude1's patchers (Sierra~Catalina) or OCLP (Big Sur+). If it's a 2008 one it should even have a nice modern multitouch trackpad, those are better than most PC laptops still in that regard lol.

If it's anything older than the 3,1 I'd recommend not bothering with Mac OS X as Lion is pretty much dead and just use Linux or maybe Windows 10, I don't think it'll run 11. Even El Capitan is pretty old, but you could probably get some decent use out of that if you want OS X.
 
Depending on which model exactly that is you may actually be able to run a fairly modern or even the latest version of macOS. Wikipedia's got a really nice table of all the MacBook Pro specs for identifying it, or just boot to Mac OS X and see what it says under system profiler.

If it's a 3,1 (Mid 2007) or newer you'll be able to run OS X El Capitan (10.11) officially and if it's a 4,1 (Early 2008) then you can run all the way up to the latest using either dosdude1's patchers (Sierra~Catalina) or OCLP (Big Sur+). If it's a 2008 one it should even have a nice modern multitouch trackpad, those are better than most PC laptops still in that regard lol.

If it's anything older than the 3,1 I'd recommend not bothering with Mac OS X as Lion is pretty much dead and just use Linux or maybe Windows 10, I don't think it'll run 11. Even El Capitan is pretty old, but you could probably get some decent use out of that if you want OS X.
I believe it came out in 2006, what's the best I can do
 
Probably best off with Linux then, Windows might be alright too but Linux will probably run better. I wouldn't bother with Mac OS X if you want an actually useful OS.
Do you know how to change the os for Bootcamp?
 
Do you know how to change the os for Bootcamp?
For Linux you should be able to just install it, no special boot camp stuff needed.

For Windows, I haven't used boot camp all that much but I think it may be possible to just boot a normal Windows installer? Though how that I think about it it might actually need you to install Mac OS X first, then create the boot camp installer from there, then install windows... Apple can also be a bit annoying with giving you the drivers if you're on an older computer so if it doesn't have all the drivers you should be able to get them by running Brigadier from Windows.
 
For Linux you should be able to just install it, no special boot camp stuff needed.

For Windows, I haven't used boot camp all that much but I think it may be possible to just boot a normal Windows installer? Though how that I think about it it might actually need you to install Mac OS X first, then create the boot camp installer from there, then install windows... Apple can also be a bit annoying with giving you the drivers if you're on an older computer so if it doesn't have all the drivers you should be able to get them by running Brigadier from Windows.
Is it okay if bootcamp's being used right now while installing linux
 
Is it okay if bootcamp's being used right now while installing linux
Probably fine, though if you just booted holding alt and selected the linux flash drive/CD/DVD then it's not using boot camp. I think the main/only thing boot camp does is emulate a traditional BIOS instead of EFI since Windows didn't support EFI in like 2006, Linux does so it doesn't need it. Not sure why Windows still needs that on a Mac since it's supported EFI for quite a while now but for whatever reason it needs it.
 
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