Getting a product key for a Windows 7 iso bootcamp install?

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  1. cossie, May 17, 2014
    Last edited: May 17, 2014

    cossie macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2006

    I've installed Windows 7 on my Macbook Pro using Bootcamp. I used an iso I downloaded from the Microsoft website, but I can't for the life of me find an online (or at least a site I feel comfortable using) retailer of product keys!

    Does anyone know of a legitimate place I can buy a product key? Or is it a stupid case that I'll have to buy a physical copy of Windows 7?

    Every Microsoft based link redirects me to Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 but I can't find anywhere to buy a Windows 7 product key.

    And the reason I'm using Windows 7 is because my Macbook Pro won't support Windows 8.


  2. iamMacPerson macrumors 68030


    Jun 12, 2011
    What MacBook Pro do you have that Windows 8 doesn't support? Is it because of an older version of OS X or a Core Duo processor?
  3. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

    Mar 4, 2013
    Think long and hard about why that might be the case, then pick up a legitimate OEM copy of Windows 7.
  4. cossie thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2006

    Thanks for your reply. Basically when I have Bootcamp Assistant open I get 2 options to pick from (get the latest drivers and install windows 7), and not 3 like any of the Windows 8 install tutorials I've read show.

    And I also got a pop up to say "This Mac only supports Windows 7, do you want to continue?".

    I'm using Bootcamp 5.1.2 on an i7 MBP running Mavericks (10.9.2).
  5. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    Exactly which model is it? Any MBP with an i7 should be able to run the 64 bit version of Windows 8/8.1. Refer here:
  6. cossie thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2006
    Excuse me but I've done nothing illegal.

    It turns out that even though you can download a Windows 8 iso (as well as other MS products) from the MS store AND then buy a product key from their online store (or so forum posts report), you can't do the same for Windows 7. You can download an iso for Windows 7 that lasts for a 30 day trial until you activate it with a product key - but there's no online way to buy a key from Microsoft for Windows 7 this way. I have to buy a physical copy.

    And If any of the stores around me sold physical copies of Windows 7 I would have bought one already but everywhere sells Windows 8.
  7. cossie thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2006
    Thanks chrfr. I did check that previously and I have a Early 2011 MBP. If you see in my earlier reply to iamMacPerson, I'm getting a pop up in Bootcamp Assistant to say my machine only supports Windows 7 even though Apple says I can install Windows 8 / 8.1 :(
  8. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
  9. chrfr, May 18, 2014
    Last edited: May 18, 2014

    chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    I bet this was fixed with 10.9.3. Try installing that and I don't think you'll see that error anymore.
    Edit: Well, maybe not. Is your MBP a 13"? In any case, if you have Win 8 already, I'd just ignore the error and install it anyway as it will work fine.
    I have Win 8.1 64 bit installed on a 2008 Macbook Pro in Boot Camp, and it runs perfectly well even though it's not supported.
  10. cossie thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2006
    Thank you both for your replies. I'll definitely have a go!

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