64x windows on a 07' Macbook

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  1. comda macrumors 6502a

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    Greetings Macrumors!

    A month or two ago a few friendly uses on MR helped me successfully install windows on my boot camp with drivers in 64 bit mode. I used a windows 7 Ultimate disk that has 32 & 64 and then just chose 64. Then updated it to 8 then 8.1. It runs but its not perfect and i wish to go back to windows 7. but i have a little dilemma. The disk that i used that has both versions is a fixed *cough* disk. I want to use a legal disk but the macbook refuses to boot from a 64bit disk. I have windows 7 home premium and want to use the key code on the macbook. but i want 64 bit. Is there a way to trick the EFI to boot 64 bit on my legal DVDs? I also have all versions of windows compiled on a USB drive that are 64X but my macbook doesnt want to see it at boot menu select.Anyone figure this out? I have windows 7 Home with service Pack 1.
     
  2. Gjwilly, Feb 27, 2015
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    Gjwilly macrumors 68030

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    Use the disc you used before -- deactivate Windows 7 and then reactivate it with your legit key code

    http://pcsupport.about.com/od/osproductkeys/ht/change-windows-7-key.htm

    Might not work though since you're doing both a key change and a downgrade.

    You might want to try using the ISO found here:
    http://getintopc.com/softwares/operating-systems/windows-7-all-in-one-iso-free-download/
     
  3. comda thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  4. doynton macrumors 6502

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    If you want to install x64 you just need to burn the x64 ISO to a disk. The disks themselves aren't 64 bit or 32 bit - only the software you put on them. If you've burned your disk correctly it will boot. There is no need to overcomplicate things by putting x86 on a disk as well as x64 when you only want x64 - but go ahead if you like.

    Don't use your hacked disk - you don't know what changes have been made.

    Assuming you have a valid retail key (OEM and upgrade keys will not work) the easiest is to download the ISO by entering your key from here http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-recovery This is the only legit place to get a Win 7 ISO since Digital River stopped downloads last year.

    and then just burn it to disk using disk utility like this http://www.lockergnome.com/windows/2012/10/07/how-to-create-a-bootable-windows-install-dvd-on-a-mac/
     
  5. Gjwilly, Feb 28, 2015
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    Gjwilly macrumors 68030

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    The link I posted is legit.

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5857470?tstart=0
     
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  7. comda thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah i dont want to use my hacked disk. The windows 7 disks are genuine disks downloaded from my School and then i used IMGburn to burn them on to DVD (4.7GB) They work on all other systems but only the 32bit ones will work on this macbook since according to apple i cannot run 64bit on this machine. But i know i can. im doing it now with the hacked disk. but i want a legit. I read up that the UEFI is not allowing me to boot from the 64bit version. I know it wouldnt let me boot from another above windows 7. win 8, 8.1 10 preview refuses to boot on this laptop. Hence why i was thinking creating my own mutli boot disk. And the link given to me with the already compiled dvds is fixed as it states no need to use a key.
     
  8. doynton macrumors 6502

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    You certainly can do it. I'm running Ten Preview x64 on 2006 MBP. However my superdrive is bust so I installed it using VirtualBox (make the partition manually, attach it as a raw disk, install in virtualbox and shutdown the VM when it gets to the first reboot and then boot using rEFInd).

    My MBP doesn't support EFI boot for Windows and I doubt yours does - I have to use BIOS but it works fine.

    Anyway seeing as you already have a DVD that boots (elsewhere) and a partition created (you can use your existing BOOTCAMP one) you could try installing rEFInd. This should let you boot from your DVD. It's worth a try. Assuming it boots you can overwrite your existing partition and install the bootcamp drivers after it has finished (I'm using 3.2 and they work OK).

    You can download rEFInd from here http://sourceforge.net/projects/refind/

    The installation notes http://www.rodsbooks.com/refind/installing.html look daunting but all you have to do is go to terminal and enter
    cd Downloads then
    ./install.sh.

    If it doesn't work you can uninstall it. If it does work it will be quicker than downloading 4.5 GB or whatever.
     
  9. comda thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    ok this program installs in OSX im assuming right? So this program will let me boot it? and bootcamp 3.0 says i cant run x64 at all. Yours is macbook pro. they have better video cards allowing them to run later OSX and windows versions is that not true?
     
  10. comda, Feb 28, 2015
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    Alright i figured out how to install it but my macbook still doesnt want to boot the disk. windows 8 nor windows 7. It get stuck on the windows is loading files bar and black screen. They are legit installs and i burned them using IMG burn. Whats going on?
     
  12. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

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    Well if you're getting to the Windows is loading screen then the disc is booting.
    How long are you waiting before you're deciding that it's frozen?
    And why did you use imgburn instead of disc utility?
     
  13. comda thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    all of my Images for windows are on my windows PC. So i used IMG burn. I just looked on my macbook 3,1 under About this mac and it seems i am indeed running the 32 bit version of snow leopard. I know this CPU is able to run 64 bit and i want to do it but without the fixed DVD. i even tried my USB that has all the 64bit versions of windows from work but it failed to boot. i tried using that software i mentioned but it asks for Wims not ISO. i dont know how to convert.
     
  14. comda thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    im waiting about 4 minutes the dvd spins down so do my fans and it does nothing
     

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