Any FAQs on how to install Vista via bootcamp?

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  1. shoolie macrumors member

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    So I just got my new 3.06ghz iMac and I want to use Windows just for gaming purposes. I have absolutely no clue on how to start. I know I need to buy a copy of Vista but I'm not sure which version, and how I would begin to use bootcamp. Any help is appreciated!
     
  2. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    I'ts dead easy once you have your copy of windows,go to your utilities folder open bootcamp assistant print out the instructions so you dont mess up and follow them through,once you have installed windows
    boot up into windows and insert your leopard disk to install the necessary drivers

    oh if you want Vista a OEM copy of home premium will do
     
  3. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Nope not that one as its the full retail you want a OEM version of it,this just means its meant for developers who build machines from the ground up,don't worry about it as they can be used as long as you only install them on one machine and there much cheaper

    edit there you go http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488
     
  4. shoolie thread starter macrumors member

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    Would I be able to buy that at a retail store, and what does OEM mean? Thank you for the help I really appreciate it.
     
  5. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Should be able to,i've explained what OEM means in the above post
     
  6. shoolie thread starter macrumors member

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    Just bought the copy you linked, hopefully I'll receive it this week. Thank you for all the help!
     
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    OEM = Original Equipment Manufacturer
     
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    No worries,don't forget to print out & follow the instructions ( loads of people come on here because they screwed up by not reading or following them ) someone has given a link above or you get them once you open bootcamp assistant
     
  10. shoolie thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok so I received Vista and the installation was going fine until the part where I was about to install the boot camp drivers. After inserting Disc 1 an installation error came up saying this computer model did not support boot camp x64 and I could do nothing else.

    Does that have anything to do with me using a 64-bit version of Vista? And how can I go about installing the boot camp drivers?
     
  11. shoolie thread starter macrumors member

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    I just got off the phone with Apple tech support, and their short answer was that boot camp only supports 32 bit versions of windows. He basically said there is no way to install the boot camp drivers with a 64-bit copy of windows vista.

    Is that true and am I basically screwed?
     
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    What you found was updated BootCamp Vista drivers that are installed after the Windows installation from Vista.

    64 bit Vista is not supported on the iMac, it will only install on 2008 MacPro and MacBook Pros.
     
  14. shoolie thread starter macrumors member

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    So there is no way around it except getting a 32-bit version of vista? This is really depressing, wish I would have known that before I bought the 64-bit version.
     
  15. The Flashing Fi macrumors 6502a

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    Actually. That download you linked to should work. What do you have to lose by trying it out? Do you have a flash stick (thumb drive)? Download it in Mac OS X, copy the file to the flash stick, boot into Windows and install it off of that.
     
  16. jerryrock macrumors 6502

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    There is no need to do this, the file does not help with the initial installation of the operating system. There has to be a working Vista 64 operating system installed in order to use this update. The OP is trying to install Vista64 on an iMac which does not support this operating system. The firmware of the iMac will not boot the Vista 64 installation DVD.

    Vista32 will have to do for now, until Apple comes up with an EFI firmware update.
     
  17. shoolie thread starter macrumors member

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    Well I got Vista installed and instead of trying to run the setup.exe for the osx to install the boot camp drivers, I explored the contents of the disc and found individual 64-bit drivers that I could run for the graphics card, network settings, and some other things I can't remember at the moment.

    What I really need though is for a way to install the drivers for my sound card, as I'm using some realtek sound drivers that have been annoying so far, and drivers for my keyboard so I can use the volume buttons as well as the F keys. If I can get those I think I'll be pretty satisfied until apple starts supporting 64-bit copies of vista for iMac users, which I hope is soon.
     
  18. shoolie thread starter macrumors member

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    Finally I have everything working and bootcamp installed on my iMac. For any other iMac users out there that have been having trouble getting a 64-bit version of vista to work heres what I did.

    Once you get to the part where you insert disc 1 to install the bootcamp drivers, instead right click on the disc drive and click "explore" to view the contents of the mac osx disc. Find which ever network drivers you can use so you can atleast connect to the internet while under windows.

    Then download the apple macbook pro bootcamp drivers from a certain pirate located on a bay. Use that to install bootcamp v2.0, then use the bcvista64 2.1 update which you can get from apple.

    So far everything is working fine, including all keyboard functions. I'm in gaming heaven. So far the games that have run flawlessly are Team Fortress 2, Half-life 2, CS: Source, and Bioshock.
     
  19. MojoWill macrumors 6502

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    don't do it VISTA BLOWS!

    get XP from somewhere much better until Microsoft sort it out!
     
  20. Infrared macrumors 68000

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    Congrats! Watch you don't get zapped by the tripods in HL2 ;)
     

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