Clean install of windows 7 on macbook pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MrPeanut, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. MrPeanut macrumors regular

    May 21, 2009
    West Yorkshire, UK
    I recieved windows 7 early in the UK from PC world even though they said they wouldnt ship it till the release date :s Basically, i'm wanting to do a clean install of windows 7 on my macbook pro which alrady has windows 7 RC on it. How do i do this? Do i just load bootcamp and select start the windows installer? or do i need to select create or remove a windows partition?

  2. ditzy macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    Go into bootcamp assistant. It will ask you if you want to create or remove a windows partition. Click on that. Since you already have a windows partition it will ask you if you want to restore you disk to a single partition, when you do that, you then set up your new bootcamp partition.
    It actually sounds far more complicated than it actually is. It is usually a very easy and painless setup.
  3. pjazzy macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2009
    I take it the vista drivers work on Windows 7?
  4. MrPeanut thread starter macrumors regular

    May 21, 2009
    West Yorkshire, UK
    Yes they do, i just got it all working. Its a really nice OS, having said that though i have just gone straight back to 10.6 to browse the internet lol. I only bought a windows os because i need it to run 3ds max for University.
  5. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    The SL disc has all the drivers needed for Windows 7 (including 64bit versions).

    If you want to keep the same partition size, then boot from the Win 7 CD and use the Windows installer to format the bootcamp partition. Just make sure you don't format your Mac partition by mistake (which should in theory be hard, as the assistant lists all the partition sizes).


    Select the partition, click on drive options and choose the format option.


    Edit: Screenshots credit: Supersite for Windows
  6. jryansmith macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2009
    64 vs. 32 bit

    Does it matter if you buy the 32 or 64 bit version of Windows 7? I know bootcamp used to only support 32 bit versions of windows. Is this still the case?

  7. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    Being able to run 64-bit dependent on Boot Camp but your hardware. All Boot Camp does is create a partition for you to install Windows.

    If you're talking about driver support, there are 64-bit drivers available that aren't the best but still provide good functionality.
  8. alljunks macrumors regular

    Apr 8, 2007
    I have installed a copy of Windows 7, dont like it at all. Snow leopard much better, i feel my Macbook Pro is not running 100% ...

    CPU gets really hot, battery life sux, driver not 100% support, ...
  9. MrPeanut thread starter macrumors regular

    May 21, 2009
    West Yorkshire, UK
    I dont see why you dont like it at all, btw for the guy above who was asking about 32 bit and 64 bit versions, they both come in the box on separate discs.
  10. bova80 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 8, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    does anyone know why there is a red light coming out of the sound jack when running windows 7?
  11. uberamd macrumors 68030


    May 26, 2009

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