Install using Bootcamp on Mac Computer?

Yes!  Currently the main aspect that separates a Mac from a PC is the operating system.  Mac computers are Intel Processor based allowing them to support Windows installation using their built in Boot Camp utility.  

If your MacBook Pro, iMac, or Mac Pro meet the minimum hardware requirements listed here, all you need to do is install a valid version of Microsoft Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10.

Installing Windows on your MAC is simple.  The instructions below outline the process.  Once windows is installed, you computer will be able to boot up in either OS X or Windows by holding down the option key on your keyboard while the computer powers up.  

Installing Windows 7 on a Mac using Boot Camp. 

Somewhat similar to the Using Boot Camp to install Vista on your Mac walk-through, this tutorial will take you every step of the way through installing Microsoft Windows 7 on your Intel Mac (running 10.5 or later), using Boot Camp.

Note: if you’d rather not dual boot OS X and Windows 7, you can always install Windows 7 in a virtual environment using Parallels Desktop.

To install Windows 7 on your Mac using Boot Camp you will need the following:

  1. All firmware updates installed on your Mac (use Apple Button -> Software Update … to check)
  2. A Windows 7 installation DVD
  3. Your OS X Leopard installation DVD
  4. At least 10GB of empty hard drive space on your Mac (you can probably get away with less but you’ll have almost no room to install anything other than the OS)
  5. An hour if all goes well, up to 5 hours if not
  6. Though not absolutely required, it’s a VERY good idea to have a complete and up to date Time Machine backup of OS X – it really came in handy for me. Because part of the process involves partitioning your drive, there’s always the distinct chance something will go wrong and everything will be wiped out.
  7. Patience, possibly a great deal of it. Having a book handy will also help kill time during the partitioning, installing etc).

Installing Windows 7 via Boot Camp

  1. Here goes. First thing – close absolutely every open program you can. That includes those things running in the Apple Menu that you always forget about. Don’t worry about killing the Dock or Dashboard – having those running is fine.
  2. Now open a Finder and navigate to Applications -> Utilities and double-click Boot Camp Assistant.
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  4. Click Continue on the initial Introduction screen. Ignore the fact that it doesn’t mention Windows 7 as a possible OS to install.
  5. Now you have to decide how much space you want to allocate to Windows 7. You might be able to get away with going as low as 6GB, but I would highly advise against it. You’ll have almost no space left over to install software, and your page file in Windows might cause frequent crashes. I opted for 20GB, which left me with just a bit over 16GB to use after installing Windows 7.

    To change the amount of space to dedicate to Windows 7, click the small divider between Mac OS X and Windows, and drag it to the left.

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  6. Once you’ve determined how much space you want to allocate to Windows 7, click the Partition button.

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  8. The partitioning itself doesn’t take particularly long. If you receive an error, proceed to step 10 of the "How to install Vista with Boot Camp” tutorial. It provides all the troubleshooting info you need to resolve partitioning issues. Once you’ve cleared up any problems, or if everything just goes smoothly, proceed with the next step in this tutorial.

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  10. Once completed you’ll notice a new BOOTCAMP drive on your desktop.
  11. Now insert your Windows 7 DVD and click the Start Installation button.

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  13. Your Mac will restart, and Windows 7 will boot. You’ll be prompted with a window asking you which partition you want to install Windows on. Select the one with BOOTCAMP in the Name column. Selecting anything else may wipe out OS X or cause serious problems. Then select the Drive options (advanced) link.

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  15. With the BOOTCAMP volume still selected, click the Format link.

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  17. Click OK.

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  19. And Windows 7 will begin to install. It’s a fairly boring process, so you may want to grab yourself a cup of coffee or your beverage of choice. But don’t go too far away, because when your system reboots, you’ll need to remove the Windows 7 DVD.

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  21. With the Windows 7 DVD removed, your Mac will automatically boot back into Windows 7, and the installation will complete. You’ll be prompted to select your language, keyboard layout etc. The rest of the Windows 7 installation process is very straight forward.
  22. Once the installation has completed and your Mac has restarted again, you’ll be able to use Windows 7. WiFi will work immediately (no drivers to install) so connect to the Internet. Windows 7 will then begin to download updates, including the proper video card driver. Let it do its thing.
  23. Once completed, you’ll be prompted to reboot yet again. Do so.

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  25. Once Windows 7 boots back up again, you’ll notice the resolution is much better, and you can enable the advanced graphics features.

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  27. But if you check for sound, you’ll notice there are no sound drivers installed.
  28. Insert your OS X Leopard DVD. When prompted, select Run setup.exe.
  29. The Boot Camp installer will launch. Click Next to begin.

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  31. Select I accept the terms in the license agreement and then click Next again.

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  33. Make sure that Apple Software Update for Windows is checked, and click Install.

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  35. The Boot Camp installer will do its thing, and install all the required drivers.

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  37. Notifications will pop up with each driver that gets installed.
  38. Once completed, click Finish.

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  40. And yet again you’ll be prompted to reboot. Remove your OS X Leopard DVD from the drive, and click Yes to restart.
  41. If you still have problems with sound not working, you’ll need to install the Realtek drivers. This tutorial will explain what to do.
  42. That’s it, you’re done! When your Mac boots, hold down the Option key to select which Operating System you want to boot into.
  43. do you want to boot into OS X or Windows I choose OS X

Article ID: 116
Created On: Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 11:40 PM
Last Updated On: Wed, Sep 13, 2017 at 7:27 PM
Authored by: Shannon Whitmore []

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