Apple Drops Windows 7 Boot Camp Support in New Mac Pro

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's Mac Pro only supports installations of Windows 8 or later with Boot Camp, according to an updated Apple Support document that lists versions of Windows compatible with the 2013 Mac Pro.

    Boot Camp Assistant on the Mac Pro also specifies that it only includes support for Windows 8 or later, as evidenced in a screenshot from Twocanoes Software (via MacWindows) indicating that users are not able to install earlier versions of Windows. The 2013 Mac Pro is the first Mac that does not include support for Windows 7 with Boot Camp 5.

    It is unclear why Apple has chosen to drop support for Windows 7 on the Mac Pro, but it could be a sign that the company intends to discontinue support for the operating system in future Macs given its advanced age.

    This decision may not sit well with users, as Windows 8, released in 2012, has not been particularly popular. As of this month, Windows 8 and 8.1 only represented 10.68 percent of total worldwide OS market share, while Windows 7 represented 47.31 percent. Combined, Windows is installed on 90.84 percent of the world's computers.

    Article Link: Apple Drops Windows 7 Boot Camp Support in New Mac Pro
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2011
  3. macrumors 65816

    Jun 2, 2010
  4. macrumors regular

    Nov 18, 2007
    Springfieldvilletownvilleton, Missouri
    I hope they don't drop support for Windows 8! It's SOOO AWESOME! :rolleyes:
  5. macrumors 68000

    Mar 6, 2008
    Apple really needs to update Windows 8.1 drivers for the 2012 iMac's, there's still no proper support for my iMac with 675MX, I always get BSOD because of the nvidia audio driver, so had to use Windows 7 for now..
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 20, 2008
    Even as a Windows fan, I wouldn't use Windows 8 if they paid me. It's a shame that Apple's dropping Windows 7 now, as this likely means future MacBooks won't support it either.
  7. macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    Advanced age? I guess in Apple terms it is. Windows 7 came out in the Summer of 2009. Same age as Snow Leopard. Windows 7 still seems like the only option for Windows OS'es though. XP is too old. Vista... is Vista. Windows 8 is a nightmare.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 24, 2009
    Care to explain Apple? Seriously people don't drop $3,000+ on computers so you can weed out the features you're too lazy to support. This pisses me off.
  9. macrumors regular

    Apr 14, 2011
    Not a big deal. It's still the same PC game whether it's on Windows 7 or Windows 8. That's the only reason people bootcamp isn't it, for PC games? :)
  10. macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2008
    Kansas City, MO
    Only on the Mac Pro? If so, it might not be a big deal.
  11. macrumors 68020

    Nov 4, 2008
    Not great, but not necessarily the end of the world.
    They dropped the MP1,1 from 10.8 and 10.9 and I'm using one of them now. They didn't support Win7 with the 1,1 either and guess what, I run it in Parallels if I want to do something quickly and boot to it natively if I intend being there for a while.
    AAPL are *******s sometimes but resourceful coders and the internet make virtually anything possible.
  12. macrumors regular


    Aug 31, 2006
    Dallas, Tx
    "Windows 7"

    "Given it's advanced age"

  13. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
    um why? Its the least sucky windows? oh well i use parallels when i absolutely need to anyways.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Sharky II

    Jan 6, 2004
    United Kingdom
    I guess their thinking is: if you can't run 10.6 on a new Mac Pro, why should you be able to run a similarly old Windows OS...
  15. macrumors 65816

    Jun 2, 2010
    Wait, Windows 7 was released in 2009. A five year old OS may be of "advanced age" when compared to how OS X is iterated; but in the Windows realm, five years old is still a young OS. Hell, XP was released in 2001 and is just now seeing its end of life -- 13 years later.
  16. macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    Thats how Apple roll I guess, in Apple OS world 5 years is a long time,
    But in Windows year, 5 years is still young.
  17. macrumors 65816

    Jun 2, 2010
    Well, Apple just threw a big bone to the folks over at VMware and Parallels. Those two companies have to love this news.
  18. Editor emeritus


    Jul 10, 2003
    Falls Church, VA
    Just because Windows 7 is middle-aged doesn't mean we need to start putting it in hospice care.

    It probably has to do with driver development and the fact that most OEM component manufacturers are starting to target Windows 8 more now, as you can't get a new computer with Windows 7 anymore unless you are getting it through a corporate purchase agreement.
  19. Nyy8, Mar 17, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2014

    macrumors 6502


    Jun 12, 2011
    New England
    I don't think Apple understands how Microsoft works. They make ONE good OS every 5 or 6 years.

    2000: Windows 2000 (Good)
    2000: Windows ME
    2001: Windows XP (Mainstream)
    2007: Windows Vista (You know you love it)
    2009: Windows 7 (Mainstream)
    2012: Windows 8

    Let's see use Windows 8 or Don't use Windows at All... Is this some type of plan to make us only use OS X?

    Little Side note, I had the choice between Windows 7 or 8 for my Mac over the summer. I chose 7.

    Wait, just looked. Microsoft is expanding Windows 7 support till 2020, Why is apple so "out with the old"?
  20. macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2013
  21. macrumors regular


    Apr 9, 2012
    From Apples standpoint it makes sense to not devote resources to many Windows versions. But if you don't support Windows 7, I don't understand why you would support any Windows at all? Its the most used version right now as others have stated.
  22. macrumors regular


    Aug 16, 2013
    And this does not affect the old MacPros, right? So when 10.10 rolls out, they're not going to screw over existing bootcamp volumes on, say, a MacPro 3,1?
  23. macrumors 6502


    Oct 29, 2013
    Actually windows 7 computers are still being sold, HP recently brought back windows 7 due to 'popular demand'
  24. macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2007
    Well, since they won't even support Mountain Lion, this doesn't surprise me.
  25. macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2009
    S. AZ.
    The ONE good reason I was going to buy a nMP is now gone. Guess I can thank Apple for saving me $3000+.

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