2006 MacPro and windows 7 64 clarification

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by lampliter, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. lampliter macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2008
    I have read a ton on getting Windows 7 64 bit to run on an early MP. I know it works. I read it can also be done by putting a new hard drive in a windows computer, install 7 on it, and then just plug the hard drive into my MP and all is well. Is this the case. Thanks
  2. Spacedust macrumors 6502a

    May 24, 2009
  3. Caesar_091 macrumors regular


    Jan 18, 2005
    I've reinstalled Win7 64bit a few days ago on my 2006 Mac Pro.

    You can install 64bit Windows version without any problem... just follow these steps:
    - insert the SnowLeopard DVD;
    - open the command prompt (cmd.exe) as administrator;
    - navigate to your CD drive (usually D:) and than into BootCamp's diver folder (Boot Camp\Drivers\Apple);
    - now, to force the installation of the 64bit version of the drivers, just give the command: "msiexec /i BootCamp64.msi" and press enter.
  4. lampliter thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2008
    Thanks Ceasar this sounds like the shortest way yet, but I'm not to good with this stuff.
    does it matter that I'm on lion
    what do you mean by open the command prompt
    the rest is a little confusing also.
    I bet you know some programming and I don't THANKS
  5. Caesar_091 macrumors regular


    Jan 18, 2005
    Don't need to know programming stuff but just ho to give a few commands from the command line (command prompt application in Windows).

    1) insert the leopard DVD (I haven't Lion so I can't help with that!)

    2) open command prompt application as Administrator (search for "cmd.exe" file from the start menu than run it ad administrator from the contestual menu)

    3) in the command prompt and type
    cd /d D:
    and hit enter (move to the CD/DVD drive)

    4) now type
    cd "Boot Camp\Drivers\Apple"
    and hit enter (move to the directory containing BootCamp drivers)

    5) type
    msiexec /i BootCamp64.msi
    and hit enter, than follow instruction on screen to finish installation (installs BootCamp drivers)

    That's all!

    PS: if you haven't a Snow Leopard install DVD you can probably use the same trick but you first need to know where are BootCamp drivers inside the Lion install DVD.
  6. lampliter thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2008
  7. saulinpa macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2008
    That method is not advisable as the wrong drivers will get installed. Windows doesn't like moving disks between machines and tends to freak out.

    Follow the link that Spacedust pointed out. You will need a working Windows machine to burn a new install DVD but it is the way that works.

    Caesar is talking about the Bootcamp drivers which is after Windows is installed.
  8. lampliter thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2008
    OK thanks a lot guys. I understand what I need to do now. Having windows was the confusing part. Ill get it from here. Thanks so much
  9. Caesar_091 macrumors regular


    Jan 18, 2005
    Yes, it is.

    But on my 1,1 Mac Pro I never had problems booting and installing Windows 7 64bit without any hack and directly form the original DVD. Am I missing something?
  10. Cindori macrumors 68040


    Jan 17, 2008
    Yes. Might not work with all hardware configurations, but I've done it from PC to MacPro.
    But you need to make sure you first format it with GUID partition table in OSX.
  11. lampliter thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2008
    Well I got a road block I never even thought of. Im using Lion so I have no CD for lion. Not sure what to do with that.
  12. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    Depends on the disk you bought (i.e. is it a versioned copy or not).

    For example, a direct download burnt to a disk is not versioned, and would install in a 2006/7 without requiring any modifications, while a retail disk would require a new ISO to be burnt.
  13. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Launch Boot Camp assistant in Lion and create a driver disk.
  14. Gooter macrumors member


    Jan 3, 2008
    Will the same steps work if I want to install Win7 x64 in Bootcamp on my early 2008 iMac (2.8ghz, 6gb Ram) running Lion with no install dvd (downloaded the update)? Use the same run command to force the drivers?


  15. gazzared macrumors newbie


    Aug 28, 2007
    I just installed Win 7 (64) on my Mac Pro 2008. It's a pain but not impossible.

    The bootcamp assistant in the utilities draw is broken, so it won't download the latest bootcamp drivers, but that can be sorted later.

    On the first screen, choose "I have the Mac OS X disc that came with my mac..."

    On the next screen you have a choice of either creating a windows partition, or start the windows installer.

    I would pick the the first option and then choose the HD you want to install Widows on.

    Then start the installer. However, it gets a bit tricky, and confusing, when you first boot into the windows installer, as windows doesn't recognise the drive, however another reboot, holding down the option key to boot from the windows installer disc, and it then works. You also have to make sure that when windows does it's first reboot (and subsequent), hold down the option key for the boot screen, and choose the windows HD rather than the windows disc otherwise it crashes out.

    Once windows is installed (and running), pop in the DVD which came with your mac, I'm assuming tiger/leoaprd? Windows will recognise the disc and you can install the bootcamp drivers. Then go over to Apple and download all the bootcamp updates and do them one at a time, and I think you get up to version 3.3.

    That worked for me but it wasn't as straight forward as I'd hoped.
  16. imarc343 macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2012
    Hi Caesar,

    I am about to try this on my MacPro 1,1.

    I still have a question though, did you install windows 7 before you did the command prompts? Or did you have an older windows and installed W7 after the command prompts?

    Really looking forward to an answer.
    Many thanks, Marc
  17. Caesar_091 macrumors regular


    Jan 18, 2005
    Yes, but this work only with downloaded ISO files (not versioned Windows copies) as pointed out to me by nanofrog


    Sorry but I don't know if this will work on your config :(

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