Bootcamp Won't Install Windows 7 on Late 2015 Imac?

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  1. looking4anotebo macrumors 6502

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    I have Windows 7 iso 64 bit that I'm trying to install on my new 27'' Imac and then do the free upgrade to WIndows 10 once installed.

    Bootcamp Assistant tells me "Boot Camp only supports 64-bit Windows 8 or later installation on this platform. Please use an ISO file for 64-bit Windows 8 or later installation."

    But searching around it seems like it is possible, Apple lays out the instructions here but they don't follow:

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205016

    What am I missing?
     
  2. DamnDJ macrumors regular

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    Windows 7 on Boot Camp is no longer supported on any new Mac. The article you linked is for older machines. If you look down at the bottom of that page, you'll see the supported Machines for Windows 7. Mid 2015 iMacs were the last version of the hardware that can run it.
     
  3. looking4anotebo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It's listed:

    iMac (Retina 5k,
    27-inch, Mid 2015)

    and the download link for the older bootcamp files are there.

    Can I install it without bootcamp and then use the older support files, upgrade, then upgrade the bootcamp support?
     
  4. DamnDJ macrumors regular

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    Edited my post to reflect the mid-2015. Didn't scroll far enough down. Like it says, that's for Mid-2015, not the Late-2015 which you have. I don't know if there are any hacky ways to get it installed, so if someone else is familiar I am sure they will chime in. From a pure bootcamp method, it cannot be done.
     
  5. dimme macrumors 65816

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    Has anyone figured out how to install windows 7? I would like to run Windows 10 on my late 2015 I mac but I need to install windows 7 first.
     
  6. torquer macrumors regular

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    Why do you need to install Windows 10 first? You can create installation media for Windows 10 directly from Microsoft and activate using your Windows 7 key. They changed that recently.
     
  7. dimme macrumors 65816

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    Does it work for oem versions of windows 7?
     
  8. torquer macrumors regular

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    Yes
     
  9. zhaoxin macrumors regular

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    I don't think there are old support files for iMac 2015 late, the policy change is prior than the iMac 2015 late was introduced. You may face no drivers for Windows 7.
     
  10. gian8989 macrumors regular

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    Try to install "VMware fusion" or "Parallel" in the OSX partition and create a virtual machine with windows 7 and upgrade it to windows 10. You should now have linked the serial to windows 10 so u can now install it to a new partition with a clean install with the installer you find on microsoft site.
     
  11. bogg, Jan 1, 2016
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    License wise you aren't allowed to install the OEM version on the Mac anyway, but that's just technicalities
     
  12. dimme macrumors 65816

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    I tried that but windows 10 upgrades do not display the product key, they have a product id with is not the same
     
  13. dimme macrumors 65816

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    I have 3 windows 10 updates but they are all from poem keys and the only way for me is to install windows 7. I wondering if there is a bootcamp hack to install windows 7
     

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