How to install Windows 7 on RMBP

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  1. yabot macrumors regular

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    So i just bought a 15inch retina macbook pro, i was literally just about to buy windows 7 off ebay, then thought, ****, no disk drive!!

    so how do i install windows 7? i dont want to splash out on a external disk drive only to use it once and there's no other windows machines in the house, i only really want it to play some battlefield 3 in my spare time, as xbox just doesnt cut it anymore, and i wont be buying the next gen consoles either,

    any help is much appreciated, cheers.
     
  2. BrettApple macrumors 65816

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    Short answer, with a flash drive.

    Long answer, all you need is the legit product key for the installation and a flash drive. As long as you get the key you can use the Boot Camp Assistant with the ISO (Disk image) of Win 7 to make a bootable flash drive to install it to.

    Here's a link to the Windows 7 ISO's (OEM, legitimate Microsoft files)
    http://www.w7forums.com/official-windows-7-sp1-iso-image-downloads-t12325.html

    Just download the copy you bought, run Bootcamp Assistant with a flash drive, and go! Hope this helps.
     
  3. yabot, Sep 15, 2013
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    yabot thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the reply, so you can install windows 7 from a flash drive? Didn't know that... how big of a flash drive do you need? And also which one do i download from the link you gave me? Obviously english, and home premium, i need 64 bit, but what is x86?

    So as far as i understand, i download one off that link to the flash drive, open bootcamp assistant, then install it from the flashdrive...

    Sorry, right newbie here.

    thanks.
     
  4. Sheldonsmith macrumors regular

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    Sound?

    One of the MacBook pro's with 250gb ssd we installed with Windows 7 Professional (fully licensed) but cannot seem to get the sound to work?

    Is there a particular Win7 driver that we have to install?

    Any insights appreciated.

    -Sheldon
     
  5. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    The bootcamp assistant explains that quite well. I recommend reading the prompts as you use the bootcamp assistant, they're there for a reason.

    You'll need to download the drivers before installation and put then on a USB thumb drive. You'll then need to install windows. Then you'll need that second thumb drive to install the bootcamp drivers.
     
  6. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    32 bit.

    ...and don't overlook the Boot Camp documentation.
     
  7. yabot thread starter macrumors regular

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    so i got windows installed all well and good, however it keeps updating 1/108, for example when i shut it down, then when i boot it back up it saying configuring them, however each time it FAILS and it just cycles 'installing', 'configuring', pain in the arse, no wonder i left microsoft.
     
  8. dholzer macrumors newbie

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    You're right, it is much easier to install OS X on a Windows PC than Windows 7 on a Mac.
     

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