iMac and Bootcamp? Please reply!

MartinAppleGuy

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With the iMac, you have a wireless keyboard and mouse. When it comes to the installation screen of Windows 8.1 (where you enter the product key...), does the wireless keyboard and mouse work during setup? This link from Apple says it does (https://help.apple.com/bootcamp/mac/5.0/help/#/bcmp173b3bf2) along with others (screenshots bellow).

So has anyone used the wireless keyboard and mouse that came with their iMacs to install Windows 8/8.1? It appears to only be with Bootcamp 5.1?
 

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colonelpicnic

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Yes it should work fine. I installed Windows 8.1 on a new 5k iMac yesterday using Bootcamp Assistant (v5.1.2) and a USB stick. Runs well.
 

butcherbird

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Since the OP has his answer, mind if I ask something? Just looking for recommendations on whether I should buy one of the OEM licenses of Win 8 to use in Bootcamp on an iMac. Any tips on where to buy the right license for use on a Mac?

Thank you & please excuse the thread hijack. :)
 

MartinAppleGuy

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Since the OP has his answer, mind if I ask something? Just looking for recommendations on whether I should buy one of the OEM licenses of Win 8 to use in Bootcamp on an iMac. Any tips on where to buy the right license for use on a Mac?

Thank you & please excuse the thread hijack. :)
It's fine haha I can't answer your question but I can tell you that the full version of Windows 8.1 works with boot camp as that is what I used.
 

MartinAppleGuy

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Since the OP has his answer, mind if I ask something? Just looking for recommendations on whether I should buy one of the OEM licenses of Win 8 to use in Bootcamp on an iMac. Any tips on where to buy the right license for use on a Mac?

Thank you & please excuse the thread hijack. :)
Hi there, my friend has just the same iMac as me a week ago (21.5" 2.9-3.6Ghz iMac with the Nvidia GeForce GT 750m) and she is looking to install Windows via Bootcamp to play games.

Now I have Windows 8.1 installed via Bootcamp on my iMac, but the price is rather steap at 85 pounds so I've found this copy of Windows 7 Pro on sale on EBay for 25 pounds (link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Genuine-M...783?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item1c517fb74f).

So will this work via Bootcamp on an iMac bought just a few weeks ago? I'm guessing that it will be he saw, process as I had with Win 8.1?

And last of all, she doesn't have a SuperDrive, so is she able to download he ISO and just use the product key?



http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Genuine-M...783?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item1c517fb74f
 

yjchua95

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Hi there, my friend has just the same iMac as me a week ago (21.5" 2.9-3.6Ghz iMac with the Nvidia GeForce GT 750m) and she is looking to install Windows via Bootcamp to play games.

Now I have Windows 8.1 installed via Bootcamp on my iMac, but the price is rather steap at 85 pounds so I've found this copy of Windows 7 Pro on sale on EBay for 25 pounds (link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Genuine-M...783?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item1c517fb74f).

So will this work via Bootcamp on an iMac bought just a few weeks ago? I'm guessing that it will be he saw, process as I had with Win 8.1?

And last of all, she doesn't have a SuperDrive, so is she able to download he ISO and just use the product key?



http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Genuine-M...783?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item1c517fb74f
I wouldn't recommend Windows 7 at all due to the lack of UEFI support.
 

Altemose

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So will this work via Bootcamp on an iMac bought just a few weeks ago? I'm guessing that it will be he saw, process as I had with Win 8.1?
Windows 7 64 bit will work on that iMac but I would personally recommend going with 8.1. In order to install Windows on a Mac without an optical drive you would create a USB install drive.
 

MartinAppleGuy

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I wouldn't recommend Windows 7 at all due to the lack of UEFI support.

When Win 10 comes out though, it will be a free upgrade anyway, so I don't see much point in spending £50 more for 8.1 just to get a free upgrade anyway.

What is UEFI? Wouldn't it be available once updated to Win 10 anyway?

And can I just make sure, will the wireless mouse and keyboard still work during setting up Windows 7 Pro 64 bit? They worked with I done Windows 8.1, but I was of course worried before hand as I wouldn't have been able to enter the serial number of press the buttons if I'm fully Bluetooth setup regarding keyboard and mouse. Will she be fine during the setup of Win 7 with this?
 
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yjchua95

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When Win 10 comes out though, it will be a free upgrade anyway, so I don't see much point in spending £50 more for 8.1 just to get a free upgrade anyway.

What is UEFI? Wouldn't it be available once updated to Win 10 anyway?

And can I just make sure, will the wireless mouse and keyboard still work during setting up Windows 7 Pro 64 bit? They worked with I done Windows 8.1, but I was of course worried before hand as I wouldn't have been able to enter the serial number of press the buttons if I'm fully Bluetooth setup regarding keyboard and mouse. Will she be fine during the setup of Win 7 with this?
UEFI is the successor to BIOS. If you originally installed in Windows 7, you will not gain UEFI support even if you upgrade to Windows 10, unless you do a fresh install by removing the Boot Camp partition and re-creating it.
 
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