Help downloading electronic copy of windows 7

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  1. woohoo macrumors newbie

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    I will be purchasing a new macbook pro for school this week and I am going to need to run some windows applications on it so i have decided to use bootcamp/vmware to run windows 7. Since I am a student I got windows 7 at a discounted price on the Microsoft's website. I bought it not realizing that they are not going to send a physical copy of windows 7, but an electronic download. I am wondering whether it is going to be possible to download the electronic download of windows 7 on my macbook pro or did i just waste 65 dollars.

    They have two different types of downloads, the first one is an .exe file which i know can only be downloaded on pc's. The other is a type of iso file, is it possible to maybe burn the file on a disc or flash-drive and then download it from the disk onto my mac? Or can I just open that file directly from my mac and then download? Here is a copy of what the two files look like:


    DLMWin7Pro64US.exe

    Save file DLMWin7Pro64US.exe to your Desktop. After saving, run the file to install your new software.


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    DLMWin7Pro64US-ISO.exe

    Alternate download for clean installation (required for XP and Vista 32-bit users)



    Any help is appreciated

    Thanks very much
     
  2. mikeo007 macrumors 65816

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    Microsoft uses a download manager, so that is what the .exe is for. The .iso is the file you want. You should be able to burn it to dvd as a disc image, but you will need to download it at a friend's house or a library on a windows machine.
     
  3. jetblk328i macrumors 6502

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    I'm in your same situation. I blieve the 65$ windows 7 is actually an upgrade. I believe you need windows 7 or vista already installed for it to work
     
  4. balamw Moderator

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  5. Macloven macrumors regular

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    My son did the .iso download and everything almost worked without having Vista or Xp already installed. Win7 did load just fine, but wouldn't register. A call to Microsoft got everything working just fine. This was doing the college download deal for Premium.

    mg
     
  6. turbobass macrumors 6502

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    Anyone know if they (MS) have a download-installer for XP?
     
  7. woohoo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Did your son burn the .iso file onto a CD then download it to his mac? If not could you briefly write down the steps your son took to get Win7 on his mac. I am somewhat knowledgeable about computers, but somethings I am not very experienced at.

    Thanks very much for the help
     
  8. balamw Moderator

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_1_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7E18 Safari/528.16)

    I posted a link to a YouTube video on how to burn an ISO in this recent thread http://forums.macrumors.com/wap/GetThread.php?t=921627

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  9. Macloven macrumors regular

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    I'll get the blow by blow from him tonight. 99.9% sure he burned it to a disc on his Macbook using the disk utility.

    mg
     

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