MacBook Pro Retina + Boot Camp + Windows 7

yangw85

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Jun 13, 2012
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Hi guys,

Out of the lucky people who manage to get a MBP Retina, did anyone manage to install Windows 7 on it via Boot Camp? I am very interested in the status on this.

Last I heard, the boot camp driver was not available yet.

Thanks.
 

J400uk

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Apr 3, 2008
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I'd also be interested to hear, particularly with regards to what resolutions show in Windows.
 

s2smooth4u

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Aug 6, 2008
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I'm interested as well. I'm a architect/graphic designer and some of the products I use for architecture aren't supported by apple yet. It would be much easier to switch between the two rather than having two laptops.
 

yangw85

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Jun 13, 2012
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Looks like no one has done it yet. Expected since Retina is still in such short supplies right now.
 

calmasacow

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Jun 13, 2012
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Houston, TX
Got mine late yesterday. The thing is awesome!. But when I run the boot cam assistant it always fails saying there is no windows support package on the update server. Any ideas? Was thinking about trying it with the download windows support unchecked. But to my knowledge that is the only way to get the boot cam installer these days.
 

Rmafive

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Jul 25, 2008
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I am hoping by the time I get my new rMBP next week Apple will have updated Bootcamp for the new rMBP. I can't wait to start gaming on it!

Also, it might be wise to wait for someone to create a guide on how to create a windows partition on the new computer, since there seems to be quite a few issues pop up.
 

calmasacow

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Jun 13, 2012
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yeah I have to do some work while on vacation and I have to do it in a windows only app. and it really needs to be native. I really hope this gets fixed quickly.
 

eron

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Dec 2, 2008
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I do not think Windows 7 can be run on RMBP's bootcamp due to it being unable to process the resolution. Icons being pixelated badly, etc.

However, I think Parallels might be able to work with that in the available modes, either by scaling, or by displaying the true resolution in windows, like how videos show in Final Cut.
 

ugahairydawgs

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Jun 10, 2010
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Just use VMWare instead of Bootcamp...
How big of a partition do you need to run W7 comfortably? I've been thinking of loading it up on VMWare to run a few old legacy programs for work. All in extra storage needed on top of what the OS will need will be somewhere in the ball park of 10GB.

Would 30GB be enough space to allocate to run the VM with no problem? Want to try and preserve as much space as possible on that SSD.
 

Barna Biro

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How big of a partition do you need to run W7 comfortably? I've been thinking of loading it up on VMWare to run a few old legacy programs for work. All in extra storage needed on top of what the OS will need will be somewhere in the ball park of 10GB.

Would 30GB be enough space to allocate to run the VM with no problem? Want to try and preserve as much space as possible on that SSD.
Depending on what you want to install, even 16-20 GB could be enough.
The OS itself doesn't take up that much. I don't have my MBP at hand right now, but I think Windows 7 eats up around 8GB...

Just play around with it a bit and find the right size for your needs... if you make it too small, either resize it or simply delete the image and install again ( it's not as if it takes 5 hours to install ) until you get to the size you feel comfortable with.
 

ugahairydawgs

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Depending on what you want to install, even 16-20 GB could be enough.
The OS itself doesn't take up that much. I don't have my MBP at hand right now, but I think Windows 7 eats up around 8GB...

Just play around with it a bit and find the right size for your needs... if you make it too small, either resize it or simply delete the image and install again ( it's not as if it takes 5 hours to install ) until you get to the size you feel comfortable with.
Sounds good. Thanks for the info.
 

OSMac

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Jun 14, 2010
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Nathan thanks for the Anandtech Windows / Retina link.

Seems windows actually handles the screen much better than OSX !

Unlike OSX, Windows offers the full panel resolution and then DPI scaling for the user interface ?
 

theSeb

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Aug 10, 2010
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Nathan thanks for the Anandtech Windows / Retina link.

Seems windows actually handles the screen much better than OSX !

Unlike OSX, Windows offers the full panel resolution and then DPI scaling for the user interface ?
Windows has had DPI scaling for a long time.
 

SeanZy

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Dec 29, 2008
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I installed Windows 7 just fine.

But I cannot get the drivers as the servers have been down since the keynote, and apple is working on uploading the new drivers and getting them back on.

WIndows7 will work perfectly fine.....
 

richiez

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I installed Windows 7 just fine.

But I cannot get the drivers as the servers have been down since the keynote, and apple is working on uploading the new drivers and getting them back on.

WIndows7 will work perfectly fine.....
did you create a USB image or burn and use a USB superdrive?

after creating the USB image and using bootcamp assistant to partition the drive it reboots and says "no bootable device..."
 

SeanZy

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I downloaded the Windows driver onto a flash drive, went into windows, and click setup. exe. It installed everything perfectly.
 

tdkalina

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Nov 7, 2011
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I have been trying to download the Windows 7 Support Drivers for the last few days, with no success (for a new 15in MBP (not retina). It looks like it loads about 1/2 way, then stops, asks you to put a CD in to burn it, then it will not burn and essentially stops working. Apple support said they have not loaded the updated drivers to the server yet (I wish that message would come up instead of a stalled set-up). The guy told me to try after Monday night. I did install Windows, just waiting for the drivers now.
 
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