Windows 7 on new Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by xc runner, Jul 5, 2009.

  1. xc runner macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2009
    I just purchases a Macbook Pro 13" 2.53, haven't received it yet, and I want to get windows 7 to run on it from bootcamp. I was looking and saw the $50 upgrade windows 7 thinking that I would be able to only use this to install. After my research I'm pretty sure I'm wrong and would have to buy the full retail version.

    Now my question is since I need a full version of windows, and I'm looking for the cheapest way to upgrade, would windows vista basic work fine to upgrade to window 7? Thanks in advance
  2. fehhkk macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    The upgrade version of Windows 7 will still allow you to do new installs (over an existing version of Vista it seems)

    From MS Store: "If you have Windows Vista, you can purchase Windows 7 Upgrade versions. You can do a clean install (back up your files, clean install, and reinstall your applications) or an in-place upgrade (Windows 7 installs over Windows Vista)." In-place-upgrade supposes you upgrade a Vista version to the same or higher Windows 7 version.

    So your best bet would be to scratch install Vista (via bootcamp), then upgrade to 7.
  3. The Flashing Fi macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2007
    Or, you can install Windows 7 without a product key the first time and then re-install it a second time using the upgrade option, where you then install the product key.
  4. xc runner thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2009
    Would this really work? That would be great. If it did come down to buying a retail version of vista home basic it would only run about $30. Or I could put that money toward a bigger hard drive :)
  5. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2009
    How do you install it without a product key? Isn't that one of the first things they ask for when you install windows?
  6. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

    Sep 22, 2006
    The latest windows 7 release doesnt ask for a serial until after it installs and you start creating your account.
  7. The Flashing Fi macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2007
    You just hit next, you'll be asked which version of Windows 7 you want to install (select the one you purchased), let it install. You then have 30 days to activate. Then you restart the computer, go through the installation again, this time putting your key, and then you just "upgrade."

    Unfortunately, I can't guarranty that MS will not close this "loophole" (MS did put it there intentionally, all through the development, the loophole has remained there).

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