Windows 7 on macbook pro, Bootcamp and Upgrade?

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  1. Rafalski24 macrumors regular

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    I want to run windows7 in bootcamp on my uMBP, and have a few questions. Can I partition the hard drive without erasing my current os x partition (which is the whole disk)? Also I can get the windows 7 64bit upgrade for extremely cheap from my university, can I install using this DVD? Or do i need a full copy? Thanks
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    You should be able to partition without any issues, but sometimes there is not enough contiguous space

    You will need a full copy of Windows 7, not just an upgrade copy
     
  3. Rafalski24 thread starter macrumors regular

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    no way to get around this? Its ridiculously cheap... (read: $34)
     
  4. scottness macrumors 65816

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    Bootcamp will partition for you, and you shouldn't lose any data. Backup just in case.

    ^^What he said about upgrade versions.
     
  5. scottness macrumors 65816

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    You can try it... but I'm pretty sure it's not going to work unless you're actually upgrading something (like vista).
     
  6. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    You CAN do a clean install of Windows 7 with upgrade media. I've done it. There's several how-tos floating around, but this worked for me.
     
  7. hypermog macrumors regular

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    I am running Windows 7 installed from only the upgrade media as well. If you want it no-brainer easy (but takes a little longer), go for method #3 in the instructions linked above. Works great.
     

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