Remove OSX, install Windows 7

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by seniorgeek, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. seniorgeek macrumors member

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    I like my new iMac hardware, but have decided that I prefer Windows OS over OSX, is it possible to start over, format, remove OSX and install Windows 7 only on the iMac?

    Thank you, please no rants and raves, just info would be appreciated.
     
  2. johnhurley macrumors 6502a

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    Yup it is quite possible. Nothing runs windows 7 like some apple hardware.

    I "think" a lot of the people going all win 7 are using rEFIt as the boot manager.

    I "think" that you still want to use GUID Partition table as the disk partition schema.

    You probably want to run bootcamp assistant first to make sure that you have a good set of win 7 drivers for your machine.

    So you certainly can abandon mac os x entirely. Your choice.

    I would recommend though that you think about going for dual boot setup. Partition your system so that the mac os x size is small ( 50 gb maybe ) and all your other space is bootcamp ( win 7 ) partition.

    Then you give yourself the option ( if you ever want ) to boot back into mac os x ( plus do firmware upgrades etc ) but normally thru bootcamp just run win 7 native all the time. You setup a default boot operating system so that it always comes up like that.
     
  3. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    You really should have a OSX partition and use bootcamp to install.
    The reason for this is that all firmware updates have to be done in OSX.

    Your iMac probably have a 1 or 2TB drive, so putting aside like 50-60GB for MacOSX shouldn't be an issue.

    You will also need OSX to make a CD or USB stick for bootcamp drivers too.
     
  4. skysmx macrumors newbie

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    There is a commercial software that can be useful for you, Paragon CampTune 9.5. You can resize an existing BootCamp partition (if you need more space under OS X or Windows, no need to reinstall), or install Windows over OS X.

    As cluthz said firmware updates are only possibile under OS X.
     
  5. seniorgeek thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks everyone for all the good ideas, I just had a revaluation, I was having so much trouble with OSX Lion crashing that I booted into the recovery partition, downloaded OSX and reinstalled it and behold, all my applications and data was still there, this is totally amazing to me. I was prepared to reinstall all the applications. It took about 3 and a half hours to do this which I think is reasonable, thankfully I just upgraded my DSL to the next level of speed. I think I may stick with OSX for now, I also have VMware and Vista installed to run Visual Web Developer, it runs quite slow so I have ordered 8 more GB's or Ram hopefully this will help some.
     
  6. johnhurley macrumors 6502a

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    Well one way to avoid so much download time is this which gives you a complete install package ( usb flash disk or DVD ): macworld hints

    Get some kind of backup strategy in place "right now" ... I am using the windows 7 system image ( maintenance submenu ) utility to backup my bootcamp partition.

    If you are just doing a vm setup then make sure you periodically shutdown your vm and get a good backup of it "somehow".
     
  7. Paul B macrumors 6502

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    I'm looking to do the same as OP (due to work-related Win7 software being superior to the OS X counterpart, and dual-booting wastes valuable space on an SSD).

    Can someone outline the steps to doing this? Run Boot Camp Assistant first, then use rEFIt to delete the OS X partition?
     
  8. thomaskc macrumors 6502

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    Sorry for interrupting this thread a bit but I am about to reinstall my windows partition, i have dual boot osx / win at the moment.

    How do you guys go about reinstalling win? do you just reinstall like normally, DVD, clear / reuse the win partition etc like on a PC? Or do you go back into OSX, clear the partition through bootcamp, then reinstall win through bootcamp?

    I have the driver disc from bootcamp already.

    thanks
     

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