Running Windows 7 on MacbookPro cheaply/effectively?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by redskinlad, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. redskinlad macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2011
    Hello MacRumors!

    I am currently the owner of a MacbookPro and am attending my second year of college. I tend to do a lot of gaming/work, which means most of the applications I would like to run are windows-based.

    My question is: Which Windows 7 should I buy and where would be the cheapest place to get it?

    After extensive research, I think* this is the cheapest one that will install windows 7 on my mac:

    Still, this is $100 an is quite expensive, is there anywhere where I can get a student discount?

  2. jpetrie macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2009
    You can purchase Windows 7 under an academic license if you are a current student; see here. The license only applies while you are a student, though, iirc.

    Your school may also grant you access to the DreamSpark program, which can get you some other useful Microsoft products for free while you are a student.
  3. redskinlad thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2011
    Note that I have been to that first link before, if you look at the corner of the box, it says it's an upgrade, which is very decieving unfortunately.
  4. mystik610 macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2011
    Does your school offer educational discounts? The campus I'm attending sells windows 7 for 20 bucks.
  5. Epic Xbox Revie macrumors 6502a

    Epic Xbox Revie

    Jun 15, 2010
    Washington, D.C.
    The campus I'm attending sells Windows 7 for free.:D
  6. redskinlad thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2011
  7. redskinlad thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2011
  8. ahdickter macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2011
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    You can still install Windows clean with an upgrade disk. Both the "full" and "upgrade" DVD's contain all windows setup files. The only difference is the CD-key only works for an OS that's been upgraded.

    Here's how you use an upgrade only DVD to fully install Windows:

    1. Put in the upgrade disk and select "Clean Install/Full Install".
    2. Let it run, and when it asks you for a CD key, just skip it.
    3. When logged into Windows, launch the setup from the Upgrade DVD and select "upgrade"
    4. Let it install. Put in the CD-key. Although you updating to the same version, it still counts as updating.
    5. Install all Windows updates.

  9. redskinlad, Aug 5, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2011

    redskinlad thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2011
    You're ABSOLUTELY* sure about this? I've never heard of being able to skip entering a CD-Key input. And couldn't people just do this to install the OS instead of buying the full version for their PC? I'm confused.

    I just want to know that you've done this and you're 100% sure this works.

    EDIT: After researching a bit, I think you're incorrect:

    Also found in's bootcamp tutorial:

    "Important: You must use a single full-install Windows installation disc. You cannot use
    an upgrade version of Windows."
  10. cfII macrumors regular

    Jul 31, 2011
    I just scored windows 7 ultimate off craigslist last night for CHEAP
    Installed and if works perfect
  11. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    My university gives you access to .iso's and serials for windows 7 for free through MSNDNAA. Check it out for your school.
  12. redskinlad thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2011
    How is this possible?! Why isn't this advertised on the Uni site?
  13. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Why should I be the one to know that? I found out through playing around on my student account on the uni website.

    Here's a school search, you'll know if your school has subscribed to the program:
  14. redskinlad thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2011
    It's subscribed, but when I go to download Windows 7, it says I need an account, and when I try to register I get this message:

    An account has been created for you by an administrator. You must complete the registration of your account by providing the account identifier given to you by the administrator.

  15. satchow macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2011
    Here's a tip. You can use the upgrade to install the OS, during installation it'll ask you for a serial number and you can just hit Next without entering one. Once everything is installed, you can just enter in the serial number at this point.

    This is how I do a clean install of Windows 7 instead of doing upgrades from previous versions.

    I see nothing ethically wrong with this as long as you've owned any previous version of windows.

  16. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    Just listen to the guy everything he posted is correct. Windows 7 and associated variants (Server 2k8 etc) will ask for a serial but will allow you to skip and run any of them for x amount of days before it begins to complain eventually forcing you to activate. Dreamspark, Digital River/Ultimate Steal, MSDNAA or campus bookstores will all work as suggested in this thread.

    Or you can get an OEM copy from newegg.
  17. redskinlad thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2011
    And I can use the serial included to activate it?
  18. secretanchitman macrumors 6502


    Sep 13, 2007
    upgrade copy for $30 will work 100%. my friends and i have bought copies and i entered the key later on instead of during the install and windows works just fine. save yourself the money and buy it through digital river! :)
  19. nickjf20 macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2009
    I used an upgrade serial bought from software4students. Worked brilliantly, and it cost me £35 which is like $45. I used this rather than digital river only because I don't have a .edu email address. I am in school though...

    Be careful with OEM windows, if you want to reinstall it, it often doesn't work.

    I now have an MSDN account for all things windows.
  20. aeboi macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2009
    Bay Area
    $30 student upgrade version works for clean install, FOR SURE.

    Unless you're majoring in a tech-related field, most students don't have access to MSDN, and if you do, you'd know how to access it anyways.
  21. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    You could do something completely nonsensical, such as simply calling the IT department of your school?
  22. redskinlad thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2011
    Okay, ended up buying the $30 dollar copy, digital download. Iso is downloading as we speak. Any tutorial on what kind of blank DVD I need/how to do it/etc? I downloaded simplyburns so thats a start.
  23. Ostemad macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2011
    im about to do the same trick, so i would like to know if it worked?

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