Windows 7 on Bootcamp

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by ildondeigiocchi, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. ildondeigiocchi macrumors 6502a

    ildondeigiocchi

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    I really want to test Windows 7 to see its features and how well it works on a mac pro. I have a 150GB partition Bootcamp partition of Windows XP Professional 32-bit on my 500GB WD HDD. I have a genuine Windows XP Pro install disc from Microsoft. My question is, if I install Windows 7 and for some reason I don't like and want to go back to Windows XP, will I be able to install XP over Windows 7 or will the product key not work. I want to be 100% sure that XP will work again after installing Windows 7. Is there a possibility to have a multiboot windows system in bootcamp. Also how can I burn an ISO file like MS says on their website?
     
  2. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Use Winclone to backup the xp partition and restore if you don't like windows 7. Keep in mind it's still beta. With Vista Beta, developers said it was pretty stable until public release of Vista of which additional things added made it highly unstable.

    Google multiboot on mac

    Googe burn iso on mac
     
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  5. ildondeigiocchi thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok so here's the new issue. To facilitate my job to not have to play around with my XP partition, I took my Western Digital 160GB 7200RPM drive out of my old Dell PC and installed it in Bay 2 of my Mac Pro which was really simple. Anyway I erased all the info on it by doing a clear erase. Now since I want to install Windows 7 on it how should I format it: either GUID or DOS( i think, anyway the third option one which says is for Windows PC uses). I think I will install Windows 7 on it completely or should I partition the drive in half. I have a feeling that alloting it completely to Win7 will make it work faster than if it is half partitioned for OSX. So here's the question, to install Windows 7 on this new Hard Drive what will I have to do... run Bootcamp again or what?
     
  6. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    When you run the Windows 7 installer, it will show you all your drives and give you options to erase/reformat them as needed. You'll have to do that anyway, as Windows 7 (and Vista) can only use NTFS (formatting it for DOS would mean FAT32). And since it's a whole separate drive, you won't need to run Boot Camp, since all it does is partition a drive. You will want to run the Boot Camp drivers though.

    In laymans terms: Just run the Windows 7 install DVD, click on the drive you want to install it on, format it, and go. :)
     

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