Windows 7 64-bit on a mid-2007 iMac

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by zen, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. zen macrumors 68000

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    This is an old question, but in my defence, I have searched the forums, and I have Googled, but all the info I have found is at least a couple of years out of date and most links to various tools and tricks go to dead pages (even Apple's own support page).

    I have a mid-2007 iMac, and I want to install Windows 7 64-bit.

    With Lion, and Boot Camp 4.0.1, do I still need to do something fancy to get the 64-bit Windows 7 to install and run, or does it just work now?

    I'm familiar enough with Macs, but when it comes to Windows and EFI and BIOS, I'm new and I don't fully understand the terms.

    Your help would be appreciated!
     
  2. carljw macrumors newbie

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    I have a 2008 Mac and have Windows 7 x64 running using VirtualBox with guest additions. Straightforward install, it is a bit slow but for the 1 app I use it works for me.

    Carl
     
  3. monkeybagel macrumors 65816

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    I must say that I have not tried with the recent version of Boot Camp on the iMac, but I would think you will still have the same error with the prompt to select the boot image where you cannot press any key. I haven't tried it personally so take it for what its worth, but I don't think the upgraded Boot Camp and/or Lion will change this feature because it is a limitation of the way the iMac boots. Once you get it installed, you should be able to run msiexec /i to install the Boot Camp drivers. This worked on my 2006 iMac.
     
  4. zen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Great, thanks for that link. I did see something similar before, but there seems to be a fundamental problem - I want to install Windows, yet I need to use ImgBurn... which is a Windows app. I don't have Windows, that's what I need to install.

    I guess the best thing to do is get the free trial of Parallels, install Windows in that, use ImgBurn, then install via BootCamp.
     
  5. lampliter macrumors member

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    Yes that is the only catch, you need access to windows. Maybe you could use a buddy`s PC or go the way you mentioned. But remember there is a sequence in which you need to install windows, meaning I'm not sure if it`s bootcamp first or parallels first to avoid licensing problems. If you search it you will find on the mac forums.
     
  6. plethon macrumors newbie

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    I ran Windows 7 Professional 64–bit on an early 2008 MBP. I used a boot camp partition; I tried VMWare, but it hampered what I use Windows for (games) too much. You should be fine installing 64–bit Windows 7, just follow the instructions.
     
  7. zen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    If I installed Windows 7 in Parallels with no internet connection, wouldn't that avoid any activation? I'm not familiar with what Windows 7 does to authenticate itself.
     

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