Apple has confirmed that installing and using Boot Camp on a Mac does not invalidate your Mac's existing warranty.

An Apple Europe representative this afternoon told Macworld UK: "Installing Boot Camp does not invalidate your Apple warranty."

Boot Camp is Apple's newly revealed software that lets users install a working version of Windows XP on Intel-based Macs. This software lets a user choose whether to boot their Mac up in OS X or Microsoft's OS.

Apple's discussion boards have been raising concerns that use of the software would invalidate Apple's warranties since Boot Camp was announced.

Some posts claimed that Apple Store employees have warned customers not to install the software.

Apple's own release notes do warn users that if they use the unsupported beta software proves defective then repairing those defects is the user's own responsibility. However, this extends to software - it's wise to back up all your data before using any form of beta software.

Apple's release notes warn: "You should back up all of your data before installing this
software and regularly back up data while using the software."

The company warns that if using Boot Camp should cause any data loss, the beta software user must assume the entire cost of "all necessary servicing, repair or correction", but this clearly applies to data loss, rather than hardware problems, it seems.