How To Install Windows 7 On Mac
In this article you will learn how to install Windows 7 on a Mac. Even Mac users like Windows sometimes (even if a little), or maybe you’ve got a program that won’t run on your Mac. Whatever the reason, Windows is easy to install using Boot Camp. Go through the steps below and you’ll have Windows 7 on your Mac in no time!
- Buy a copy of Windows 7. If you have not already purchased Windows 7 you will need to do so. Make sure you get the correct copy before you pay too much. There is an “ultimate” package that is expensive and most people don’t need.
- Upgrade to Boot Camp 3.1. The past versions of Boot Camp do not support Windows 7 so you will need to upgrade.
- Create a partition for Windows 7. Mac OS X and Windows can’t reside together so you have to create a new partition on your hard drive or a separate hard drive in order to install it.
- Open Boot Camp Assistant. You will find this in the Utilities folder under Applications. Boot Camp will walk you through the steps. Be sure to create an NTFS partition because Windows 7 will not install on any other kind of partition. It also takes a minimum of 16 GB.
- Install Windows 7. With Boot Camp open, choose Start the Windows installer option. Put in the Windows 7 CD in the drive and click continue to start the installation. Now you just need to follow the instructions on the screen. Choose custom when it asks if you want to create a standard or custom installation. You also need to click Drive options (advanced) after highlighting it and then choose Format to be sure you install on a clean partition. Now just sit back and relax and let it install.
- Configure Windows for your Mac. Windows 7 is installed, but you still need to tell it how to interface correctly with all of your Mac’s software. You do this by installing the right drivers. The drivers are located on your OS X install disc. Take out the Windows 7 disc and put in the OS X disk (Windows 7 will still be running) and install it. It will do everything for you but you might need to click on some warning boxes that Windows Logo has not passed testing. Don’t worry about this, just click on continue when you see these boxes come up.
That’s all there is to it! You can now start Windows 7 whenever you want. Remember, your Mac will boot into OS X automatically. You will need to hold down the option button at startup which gives you a menu allowing you to choose which operating system you want to boot into.