Can I put Win7 on bootcamp in the NEW 2015 13" rMBP? How large a partition?

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  1. TheNorthWaves macrumors 6502

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    Two questions for you all…

    About to replace my Mid-2010 13" MBP (running Vista on bootcamp + VMware fusion) with an early 2015 13" rMBP… the one just released a week or two ago.

    I need Windows 7 for my work environment (possibly 8 is ok) and I'm trying to figure out a few things. Does anyone know if the brand new 13" rMBP will allow Win 7 to run on Bootcamp? I ran into a limitation like this once before on my current machine a while back.

    Also, how large a partition would you realistically allocate for this install? I don't have any GB-intensive programs, just the usual stuff and some small programs as well. Perhaps the better question is, how much space does a typical Win7 or Win 8 install actually use?

    Thanks!
     
  2. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    Windows 7 is not support through Boot Camp on the 2015 MacBook and MacBook Pro. You can only install Windows 8/8.1.
     
  3. TheNorthWaves thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ugh. I was afraid I'd hear that. I'll have to see if anyone at work is running 8.1 in a VM without issue. Then when 10 comes out, I hear there are free upgrades to 8.1 users...
     
  4. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    I'm running 8.1 via an external SSD with all the Boot Camp drivers installed on it, and it runs fine. No issues.
     
  5. Mais78 macrumors regular

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    I would like to know the same...
    Regarding space, my installation was about 42GB (W7+office). If you kill the hibernation file (size of your RAM, mine was 8GB) and reduce virtual memory to 2GB vs default 8GB you can get sub 30GB
     
  6. doynton macrumors 6502

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    Whereas my Windows 10 (including Office but excluding user folders, hibernation file etc) is less than 3GB. It is somewhat smaller than the ISO I installed it from.

    This is mine (with about 50 odd programs including Office but no games, installed and a backup image). 17GB.

    Windows 8 which I upgraded from was 14GB larger as it didn't have the OS compression option that Windows 10 does.

    For normal office type use on Windows 10 32GB is absolutely fine, Windows 8 I'd say 40GB and for 7 (as it is bigger still) 50GB. That is assuming you store your music and video files elsewhere of course.
     

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  7. Mais78 macrumors regular

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    I agree, I noticed the same thing, my installation of W10 was just 12GB including office, much much smaller than W7.
     

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