MacBook Pro - Windows 7 - 64 bit - can I ?

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  1. EYESPORTS macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2007
    I have a MacBook Pro (2 years old). Have Windows XP Pro on it (need it for office programs) - it's 32 bit. Computer has 4 GB RAM. I'd like to upgrade to Windows 7 Pro (or Ultimate) - however, I am not sure if the 64 bit will work (be compatible with my current XP 32 bit version). I've read that if I have 4 GB of RAM, it should be OK no matter what version is on there, however, want to be sure before purchasing.
  2. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England

    Your MBP is probably an Early 2008 model and thus "supported" for 64 bit.

    Since you can't actually upgrade from XP to 7, you have to do a custom/clean install anyhow using the upgrade media and key and you don't even need XP installed at the time. so don't worry about compatibility.

    You will have to backup and reinstall all of your programs and documents from your current XP install.

  3. EYESPORTS thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2007
  4. Windows7Guy macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2010
    Hello EYESPORTS,

    You can visit the official Microsoft Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 site here:

    There are some nice videos tutorials and steps to take when migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7. And yes it is true you cannot directly upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 you can take some steps to ensure a smooth process.

    You can also find lots of information on Windows 7 here in our Springboard website:

    Thanks again,
    John M.
    Microsoft Windows Client Support

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