Do I have to use Windows 10 if I use the latest rMBP?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by hajime, Jan 25, 2016.

  1. hajime macrumors 603

    Jul 23, 2007
    Hello, I have been using Windows 7 on several mbp. If I buy a new rMBP 15" (2015 or the upcoming 2016 model), do I need to buy a Windows 10 DVD? I think Apple no longer support Windows 7 on latest Mac. Any way to get around with this?
  2. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    If you have a retail version of Windows 7 with the installation key you should be able to use that key to do a clean install of Windows 10. No need to buy anything.
    If you want to keep using Windows 7 then you'll probably have to go with a virtual machine.
  3. hajime thread starter macrumors 603

    Jul 23, 2007
    Thanks. Does Windows 10 work fine with the latest rMBP 15"? I heard that Windows 8.1 was not good. How is Windows 10?
  4. Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
    As previous post says, you probably need VM to use Windows 7. Although, as a Windows user, I would like to search for manufacturer of each component on your rMBP and download driver from their sites.

    Current Windows 10 build 10586 build is better than previous Windows 10 build 10240, but stability is not as good as 10240 build. You can download an evaluation Windows 10 Enterprise 10586 (or 1511) and try it out on your machine, then decide to go ahead with Windows 10 or go back to Windows 7.
  5. hajime thread starter macrumors 603

    Jul 23, 2007
    I am a bit confused. I know that I can upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free. However, Bootcamp for rMBP 15" 2015 does not support Windows 7. So, I cannot install Windows 7 on it and then upgrade to Windows 10. As I do 3D stuffs, I run Windows via bootcamp rather than via VM. In this case, am I right that my only option is to buy Windows 10? Should I get Basic or Professional?
  6. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    The latest version of Windows 10 accepts the license keys from Windows 7 and 8.
    It's basically accepting your upgrade without having to go through the whole upgrade process.
    And if your existing Windows 7 or 8 is the Pro version then Windows 10 will also be Pro.
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    You can install windows 10 directly without needing to install windows 7 (thus avoiding the issue of trying to get win7 installed on a mac that says it cannot). I installed windows 10 directly on my late 2015 iMac problem free and I used my windows 7 license key.
  8. peterpan123, Jan 27, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2016

    peterpan123 macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2014
    Where can one get windows 10 installation disc for Bootcamp installation on latest Mac?

    If there is no way to get Windows 10 installation disc for installation on the latest Mac, should I get the USB stick version or the download version? Is DSP rather than the normal package version OK to use with Bootcamp? At least for XP and Win 7, I used DSP versions on some Mac.

    I erased the Windows 7 partition on my rMBP 2014 without deactivating Windows 7. Will I be able to use the license? Do I need to call MS?
  9. FoxMcCloud macrumors 6502a

    Dec 22, 2009
    Middlesbrough, England
    Here you go

    Simply download the ISO for whichever version matches your Windows 7 version (i.e 7 or 7 "N") and install on new mac using the bootcamp assistant. When prompted during installation for a product key, enter your Windows 7 Key.

    The ISO itself contains the 32 and 64 bit versions for both Home and Pro.

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