quick bootcamp question!

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by sk zen, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. sk zen macrumors newbie

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    I want to install Windows 7 64bit on my mac so I can play Skyrim on it.

    I'm eligible for this student discount:
    http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/pd/productID.216644200?Icid=Student_HUB_4up_Windows

    But I don't know if it'll work with a bootcamp installation. I read (somewhere) that Windows 7 installation requires the actual installation CD to work with bootcamp partitioning. So...

    If I just choose the download option, would I be able to make this work?
    Would I need to choose the download + backup disc?
    Or do I have to bite the bullet and buy win 7 64 bit at retail? Any other decent win 7 64 bit deals out there? :(

    I'm running the latest version of Lion if it matters.
     
  2. PhilAllmighty macrumors newbie

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    Hey!

    Just burn the iso on a DVD and it will work I think... :)
     
  3. Bob Coxner macrumors 6502a

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    If you have a 2011 Air you can install boot camp using just an ISO and a couple of flash drives.
     
  4. sk zen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have a 2011 macbook pro. I don't really wana shell out $$ without knowing for certain I can get it to work.

    If i were to burn the iso to disc, what type of disc would I need? And don't I need a license key to complete the bootcamp/win 7 install?
     
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  6. sk zen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    because the product descript for download + backup disc states "the disc will include the software program but no license keys or packaging" could i install win 7 with just that backup disc?

    Do i just need the download iso burned to disc? and what kind of disc if thats the case. Sorry if this seems weird/hard to read i'm just trying to be sure.
     
  7. johnhurley macrumors 6502a

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    You burn a win 7 iso to a DVD disk. Way too big for CD's these days.

    You can also create a bootable flash drive. That's not exactly a disk but works the same for installation purposes on supported machines.
     
  8. sk zen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, but you're certain? I'm just unsure since I read the bootcamp faq and saw a license key was required.
     
  9. sk zen thread starter macrumors newbie

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  10. BarkingGhost macrumors regular

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    You realize the link you provided is for an Upgrade, right? Isn't is common for Microsoft Windows installers to seek out a previously installed version of Windows, or expect you to have a disk for another version of Windows to validate the 'upgrade' legitimacy?
     
  11. elpmas macrumors 68000

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    You'll need a retail version rather than an upgrade, you won't be able to install it at all.

    Additional System Requirements
    Windows XP mode requires at least 2 GB of RAM (32-bit)/3 GB RAM (64-bit) and 15 GB of available disk space.
     
  12. Quad5Ny, Oct 31, 2011
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    Quad5Ny macrumors 6502a

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    The discounted upgrade will work fine. Below are the exact steps required to install the upgrade clean (if it doesn't work, you made a mistake).


    P.S. All you need from what your purchasing is the Product Key, don't bother buying a backup disk or downloading what they offer you (use the link I included or download it directly from Here).

    .
     
  13. sk zen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    so all i need to do is download the above, burn it to a DVD or upload to thumb drive and...I'm good? Thanks man! :)
     
  14. Quad5Ny, Nov 2, 2011
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    Quad5Ny macrumors 6502a

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  15. sk zen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok, thanks. I'm going to try this method then.
    So i'm getting the ISO from the link I shared up top? How exactly do I burn that to a DVD?
     
  16. Bob Coxner macrumors 6502a

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  17. Lightningr1 macrumors newbie

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    it works

    I just bought a copy of windows 7 ultimate upgrade from my university bookstore which only was 6.99 and i installed it with bootcamp on my macbook pro "Lion"
    and it didnt even ask for my product key
     
  18. sk zen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i'm using a dvd-rw disc when burning the image to disc, correct? or is there some other dvd type i need?
     

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