Help choosing Windows Version for iMac late 2009

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by noclu, Oct 23, 2015.

  1. noclu macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2015
    I am so in over my head. Please be kind:)
    I'm trying to put Windows on my son's iMac 20-inch, late 2009, has 2GB, plenty of space.
    Tables state that my model is compatible with Windows 7, 32bit - only. But would rather use Windows 8 or newer.
    He will be gaming.
    Just updated to El Capitan.
    Which Windows should (can) I install?

    Thanks so Much!
  2. chscag macrumors 68030


    Feb 17, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Your son's iMac may have plenty of hard drive space but it could use more memory. Add another 2GB of memory which will give him around 3.3 GB of memory in Windows 7 x 32 bit. Even though OS X will use all 4 GB, Windows 32 bit is limited to around 3.3 GB. (Windows 8, 8.1, and 10 will not install on that machine.)
  3. noclu, Oct 26, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2015

    noclu thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2015
    Great info!
    I have a membership to Dreamspark.
    They offer a download of Windows 7 Embedded Standard (FREE).
    Will the embedded version easily install on my machine?
    I have the option of downloading:
    Runtime 32 bit and/or the Toolkit 32 bit.
    Would I need to download both or which one?
    If it's tricky, I might just opt for finding a regular license even though not free.

    I really appreciate the help!

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