Running Windows on an iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Ckar, Jun 30, 2014.

  1. Ckar macrumors member

    Nov 14, 2013
    There are a lot of iMacs out there that cannot run the latest version of Mac OS X (like the white plastic iMacs of the past) and I feel that only the latest version of Mac OS X is worth running.

    Would I be able to install Windows 7 (or some variant of Linux) on these iMacs as the main operating system? Or did Apple lockdown their hardware?
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Yes you can. Just use Boot Camp (for Windows).

    For Linux, it's a different story. You might need to mod the EFI with rEFIt.
  3. MacPC macrumors regular

    Sep 25, 2006
    As long as your Mac is an Intel Mac, you can always use Boot Camp to install Windows or Linux. For older Mac such as pre 2008, you can also install Snow Leopard or Lion and use a virtual machine such as Virtual Box (Free) or VMware Fusion(Not free) If you intent to get a used Mac for the purpose to run Windows or Linux, Make sure you don't buy a G4 or G5 Mac on eBay.
  4. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    If you look toward the bottom of this Apple support page you can click on the type of Mac you are looking at and it will tell you what versions of Windows you can run using Bootcamp.

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