Boot camp: Is it possible to install Windows 7 on El Capitan


macrumors 6502
Oct 10, 2013
I *really* dislike windows 8 & windows 10. Is there a workaround for installing windows 7 on El Capitan? The machine is a mid 2015 RMBP.
Yes, to the question in bolt type...Parallels, VirtualBox, VMware...but before you do, it's best to maxed out your RAM. Then, you could have Windows 7, 8, and 10 virtual machines. BTW, I have both Parallels and VirtualBox with Ubuntu, Fedora, Windows XP, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 10, Solaris, CentOS, SUSE, FreeBSD, and pfSense all on a 2008 Macbook Pro 17" all running great except memory hungry Windows 10 which runs slow on 6GB RAM laptop.
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macrumors 65816
Original poster
Jun 13, 2011
Down by the river
Thanks for the input, nollimac. I've been using Fusion on the box for quite some time, but I'm on a mission to natively boot win7. If it's not possible, so be it. I'd not used boot camp for a year or so, and was bummed to see that win8 was the minimum requirement.


macrumors 68040
Feb 17, 2008
Fort Worth, Texas
I run windows 7 on a Mac mini that has sierra on it so you should be able to do it with El Capitan. I found a couple of websites that show how to do it.
Like member BrianBaughn stated about the limitation of El Capitan, the same goes for Sierra. The limitation has to do with the hardware. A Mid 2015 rMBP can only run Win 8 or 10 without a work around.
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