Windows 7 Conundrum

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by maladroit, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. maladroit macrumors member

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    #1
    I'd love to be brief with this, but I can't :(

    I'm going to law school next year and the exam program my school uses requires that we have a Microsoft Operating system installed VIA BOOTCAMP--they won't let us use virtualization software to install.

    So, I figured I'd use my Windows XP 64-bit copy, install it via Bootcamp, then get an educational version (upgrade) of Windows 7 and go that route.

    I successfully installed XP64, installed SP2, then tried to put my OSX disc in to pull the drivers off of. It errors out and says that I need Vista or XP SP2 (which I have installed now).

    I also tried to run the bootcamp update (3.1), which errors and tells me I need to have 3.0 installed (OSX tells me I'm running 3.01).

    My question is sort of two part--
    1) Will I be able to take a Win7 64-bit upgrade disc and just blow away the current install of XP?
    2) Is there any work around I could take advantage of?

    I apologize in advance, I've done some searching for this topic, but none really fits my exact situation.

    Thanks

    PS--if it helps anymore, I'm running Snow Leopard on a 13 inch MBP.
     
  2. balamw Moderator

    balamw

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    #2
    There is no real upgrade from XP to 7, in all cases it is essentially a clean install.

    You can install from upgrade media to a blank drive using one of the three processes mentioned here/ http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/clean_install_upgrade_media.asp

    Just as long as you feel you are in compliance with the licenses there is nothing technological in your way.

    EDIT: I would strongly recommend finding a source of an official ISO image for the version of Windows you plan to get (likely Windows 7 Pro 64) and run it without a product key for up to 120 days until you get your own license, reinstall and input the proper product key.

    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sour...hMGXLnAtCyRd0GkDw&sig2=nHbONdOpATvPf_-2vdvInw

    http://techpp.com/2009/11/11/download-windows-7-iso-official-direct-download-links/ (I've been told some of the links are stale).

    B
     
  3. maladroit thread starter macrumors member

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    #3
    Alright, I'm going to check this out. I'm in compliance with licensing fully and I'm currently downloading a legal .iso to burn and try this out.

    Thanks--
    Ryan

    UPDATE: Worked perfectly. I was a little worried about updating from an ISO file, but it worked out perfectly. Thanks again!
     

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