SL bootcamp and Win 7 for new mac user help needed

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by billgatesceo, Oct 7, 2009.

  1. billgatesceo macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2009
    Hi all,

    I just got a new to me macbook air. You can find my original post about it here:

    The air will be delivered to me sans any OS. I plan on using a external USB dvd drive (not superdrive) to install the OS. I will go to BB to pick up a new copy of SL.

    I want to make sure that I prepare the drive and OS install right the first time so that I don't have to redo it again. Here are my requirements:

    1) Snow Leopard
    2) Boot camp for Win 7 (picking up ultimate 32-bit today from school)
    3) VMware fusion (when the new version support 7 is available) to run the boot camped win 7 install.

    My question is what is the best way to do this. I've done reading on this forum and I think I have it down but if you could please just make sure my steps are correct and fill in any missing blanks..

    1) Install DVD into drive. boot
    2) HEre is where I am missing information...Is bootcamp the first thing to install, or do you install SL and then do bootcamp to redo partitions?
    3) Install SL
    4) Install Win 7
    5) Install VMware Fusion

    For the win 7 install and the macbook air, is 32-bit the best option? I'd like to save my 64-bit license for my dell, but can get another one for cheap if 64-bit would be better.

    Sorry for the length post. just want to make sure I do it right.

    Thanks in advance!!!

  2. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    Boot camp is a partitioning tool, nothing more. Install SL first, then goto /Applications/Utilities/Boot to partition your drive for Windows 7 Install.

    After installing Windows 7, reboot back into SL and Install VMWare Fusion. Fusion should be able to detect a boot camp partition, then set it up there.

    Do note, you might need to reactivate twice (Once in boot camp native, once more in VMWare Fusion).
  3. billgatesceo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2009
    Thanks. I'll try it that way and let yall know how it goes!
  4. billgatesceo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2009
    cant get past activation key screen in win 7

    Hi guys

    Im happy to say that Im typing this from my new air. unfortunately, I wasn't able to get win7 completely loaded. I did the install. it did it's reboot thing a few times. I got to the last reboot where it asked for the key. i entered the key and it hangs and says that it isnt correct. This is a completely legit copy that I just got from my university.

    any ideas?

  5. XMike17 macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2008
    I'm having the sort-of same problem, I have the official 32-bit version of windows 7 and was trying to put it on my Macbook Air. It keeps saying it can't find the install disk when it's in there :(

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