Windows 7 on 4k iMac??

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  1. Nia3088 macrumors newbie

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    When I try to install Windows 7 onto my iMac, I get a message saying that I need a 64-bit Windows or later ISO.

    Is there no way of installing Windows 7??

    Thanks!
     

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  2. maflynn Moderator

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    No, Apple stopped supporting windows 7 a while ago. Download Windows 10 upgrade ISO (from Microsoft) since the upgrade is free and use your win 7 activation key on windows 10 (it will let you).
     
  3. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus

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    The other option would be to use virtualization, like VMware to put Windows 7, or any other OS on the Mac.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    I'm more or less going that route. I'm preferring to stay in OS X, even for my windows needs. I have a bootcamp partition but overall there's really not much reason for me to boot out of OS X.

    Running Windows in VMware is a good idea, one that did not come initially to mind :)
     
  5. Nia3088 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks! This is the option I've ended up going with. I'm surprised by how well Parallels runs, and how easy it is!
     
  6. simon lefisch macrumors 6502a

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    If you haven't bought Parallels yet, you can also use VirtualBox. It's free and runs great.
     
  7. aliensporebomb macrumors 68000

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    It means you're trying to install a 32-bit version of Windows 7 and Boot Camp only supports 64-bit. Try again with a 64-bit version.
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    He's trying to install windows 7 and the error message is clear that he needs window 8 or higher to install, so I don't think a 64bit version of win7 will work.
     
  9. aliensporebomb macrumors 68000

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    Oh that's right - if he's on one of the very latest Macs I think only Win8 and up will work (so 8, 8.1 and 10).
     

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