windows 7 question

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by tws, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. tws macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2006

    I'm doing some upgrading to my 17" macbook pro 2,1 2.33GHz this is not a 64bit system i've been told. I'm adding an additional gig of ram to max it out @ 3GB's... also i'm upgrading my OS tiger to snow leopard.

    my intention is to install windows 7 either via bootcamp and a partioned drive or by vitalization software if i can figure out how to do it...

    i've got lots of studying to do so any step by step links are welcomed.

    my question is this:

    can i download the trial version of windows 7 from microsoft to my macbook pro and once it is installed on my mac and running trouble free then purchase the key to validate it?

    thanks for a very helpful forum.

  2. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Yes, although the key will have to match the media you installed the trial from. If you use the "Enterprise" trial like here: you'll need a corporate/enterprise key that will be far too expensive if all you have is one machine.

    More info about using other copies of Windows as a "trial" is here:

    Links to the ISOs for other versions are here:

    Worst case scenario to activate it is to use a retail version to "upgrade" from your installed Windows 7 "trial" to the real thing. However, you can't do this with an OEM or System Builder Edition disc.

  3. tws thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2006
    thanks balamw,

    that is the info i'm looking for.

  4. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    Keep in mind that your Macbook Pro doesn't have official Windows 7 support from Apple, as they say it's obsolete.

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