Apple has clearly struck a nerve with its Boot Camp software that lets Macs run Windows XP, with positive praise piling up around Cupertino for the move - and some problems, too.

Some reports focus on problems faced by some users of the present beta software. Some users have complained that they have had to wipe their hard drive and reinstall OS X after using Boot Camp. Apple advises users back up all essential data before installing and using the beta software.

On a more harmonious note, USA Today reports that the marriage between the two systems is "bliss".

"Remarkable as it sounds, an Apple iMac, at least in most respects, has become the most appealing Windows computer in my house. The machine is blazing fast. Its beautiful 20-inch display is the nicest I've got," writes Edward Baig.

Baig reports that with Boot Camp and Windows XP installed, his Mac "ran like a champ" running Windows.

"Boot Camp works so well it reminds me why I prefer Tiger to XP in the first place," he writes, reflecting: "It wasn't long after installing the program that the iMac behaved like, well, a Windows PC," he said. Baig encountered Internet Explorer errors, was urged to buy and install anti-virus software, and had a DVD that failed to play in Windows Media Player.

The report does note one problem - the fact that a user cannot run both operating systems at once on the same machine.

Searching for a solution that would offer that level of integration, Baig turned to the new Parallels Workstation beta program. This lets a user toggle between several operating systems. However, Baigs notes some problems: incompatible devices, problems reading CDs, and others. These will be fixed before release.

"Until Parallels exterminates the bugs, the only way to get a reliable Windows/Mac is through Boot Camp," he concludes.