Will Windows 7 upgrade discs work on mac?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by NovemberWhiskey, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030

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    Or do we have to buy a full retail version. From what I recall, the upgrade discs won't work unless you have XP or another version of windows previously installed.

    But everywhere I go, all they sell is the upgrade disc...
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Yes but it involves a little extra step (not hard)

    See this (more)
     
  3. dudeofblokes macrumors regular

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    i got a dell upgrade disk for windows 7 for a dell hybrid studio, it lets me install it on my mac with no differences at all which is great then i was able to buy licence through it once installed.

    point is that the upgrade disk worked perfectly so cant see a problem as it was a dell specific disk yet works perfect for me and i had no previous installs at all which im happy for, so hopefully your will work .
     
  4. captainbeyond macrumors newbie

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  5. PurpleShaman macrumors member

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    ive been thinkin about the same thing as well. Im planning on gettin a MBP very soon and I want to put win 7 on it. I have a student upgrade win7 ultimate in my hands right now. so, does that mean i need to get a rull version of xp installed on my mac before i can do the win7 upgrade. also, are the upgrade steps just like what the thing on sevenforums described?
     
  6. ashenfang macrumors member

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    cMBP crappy battery life

    Im not sure if they work or not because I used the updates from the internet.
     
  7. hfg macrumors 68040

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    If you Google a bit, you will find methods for using the upgrade disks for a clean install. One method requires dual installs, first as a trial-demo, then upgrade from that. The other requires a simple registry edit after the first install.

    You will, of course, require a valid activation code with either method.
     

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