Installing Windows 7 on Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by ryanzec, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. ryanzec macrumors member

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    Is there a way to make it so that only windows in installed on my Mac Mini (not using boot camp). I plan on buying a MacBook Pro when they get an upgrade (which I am getting really sick and tired of waiting for but that is another topic) and will be using that for my primary computer. I also need to have a computer with Windows installed for testing purposes (IE for web and also for my Unity projects) and figured that installing it on my Mac Mini would be the best plan. This this possible?
     
  2. balamw Moderator

    balamw

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    Repeat after me Boot Camp Assistant is not Boot Camp.

    Boot Camp consists of three major components.

    1. The BIOS emulation in the firmware required to boot most versions of Windows
    2. The driver package for Windows OSes
    3. The non-destructive partition tool and general hand-holding tool called Boot Camp Assistant.

    You still need to use the firmware and driver package even if you don't want OS X on your internal drive and thus you are still using Boot Camp.

    The threads about Windows only Macs are legion*, and the general recommendation remains. Keep OS X around in some fashion, be it in a minimal 10GB partition on your internal disc, or at least on an external USB HDD you can plug in occasionally. OS X is required for firmware updates.

    *
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=567191
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=534804
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=441108
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=220644
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=489201

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