windows 7 question

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

  1. tws macrumors newbie

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    greetings,

    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.

    tws
     
  2. balamw Moderator

    balamw

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    Yes, although the key will have to match the media you installed the trial from. If you use the "Enterprise" trial like here: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-20001509-92.html 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:

    http://windowssecrets.com/2009/08/20/01-Use-any-version-of-Windows-7-free-for-120-days

    Links to the ISOs for other versions are here:

    http://www.downloadsquad.com/2009/10/28/direct-download-ISO-dvd-for-windows-7-student-upgrade/

    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.

    B
     
  3. tws thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks balamw,

    that is the info i'm looking for.

    tws
     
  4. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

    thejadedmonkey

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    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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