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


    May 18, 2009
    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


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Yes but it involves a little extra step (not hard)

    See this (more)
  3. dudeofblokes macrumors regular

    Nov 3, 2007
    carrickfergus, northern ireland, united kingdom
    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

    Jul 8, 2010
    Boston, MA
  5. PurpleShaman macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2007
    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 regular

    Oct 1, 2012
    cMBP crappy battery life

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


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
    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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