Windows 7 requirements

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by timelessbeing, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. timelessbeing macrumors member

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    Any idea why Apple says Win7 won't run on my 4 year old MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2006)?

    According to Microsoft, all you need is a 1GHz processor.
     
  2. RRmalvado macrumors 6502

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    Apple says that they don't support it, but you can certainly run it in a VM as well as in it's own partition.

    I installed it on my Late 2006 20-inch iMac.
     
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    You can also run it natively in Boot Camp. Many have, as RRmalvado it's just not "supported".

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  4. vistadude macrumors 65816

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    Well that came out a year before vista came out, so way before windows 7. Especially for a laptop, it's going to run really slow.

     
  5. timelessbeing thread starter macrumors member

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    That doesn't really mean anything. Snow Leopard was released years after I bought my MBP, and it's running fine.

    I've think I've read that some people are running Win7 x64 on 2006 MBPs. I thought our CPU's were still only 32 bit, and the later Core 2 Duo's were 64 bit?
     
  6. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Runs fine on my 17" late 2006 iMac which is very similar hardware-wise to your MBP. Not slow at all. I even run it on my Atom netbook. The late 2006 MBPs, MBs, and iMacs all have 64 bit Core 2 Duo's.
     
  7. timelessbeing thread starter macrumors member

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    According to my serial number, my MBP was built September, 2006. In "About this Mac" info in MacOS, the model identifier is MacBookPro1,1 and it has a Intel Core Duo (Yonah) processor. According to Intel, this CPU uses a 32-bit instruction set (http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=27237&processor=T2600).

    So are these aformentioned people full of it?
     
  8. vistadude macrumors 65816

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    For one thing, it won't run well. Even the stock macbook from 2009 doesn't run windows 7 very well, and that has 3 times as many transistors as your core duo chip.

    Second, apple doesn't really support computers older than 2 years, so your computer came out 3 years before windows 7. They don't make drivers for old computers. You could probably install windows 7 but you won't have good drivers and it's going to be slow. iMac's might be able to do it because they use similar parts as other pc manufacturers that do provide drivers for new OS's.

     
  9. timelessbeing thread starter macrumors member

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    OK I think I get it now. The Macbook Pro's were upgraded to 64-bit CPU's in October 2006. A mere couple of WEEKS after I bought mine!

    I'm still kicking myself for this, years later. Missed out on Wireless-N, DVD-DL, and Firewire 800 among other things, and all for the same price. DOH!

    So, at least I can still use Win7-32. I hear that no video driver is provided, and possibly you can download one somewhere? Then would I have a fully-functional video card? Is there anything else I should be aware of?
     
  10. timelessbeing thread starter macrumors member

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    Many people are satisfied with the performance. Some say better than previous Windows. Vista ATI drivers reportedly work in Win7. I think I'm going to try it.
     
  11. balamw Moderator

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    NOTE: You can try W7 free by downloading an ISO from official sources and install it without a product key.

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  12. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    My late 2006 Macbook with 2GB of RAM runs Windows 7 great. So I don't know what you are talking about. I have also seen netbooks running Win 7 and they seem quite snappy. Though how quick a computer feels is all relative to your expectations and uses. Keeping it optimized is also important as most people let the startup items grow beyond what is needed and really slow things down. Disabling automatic updates helps a lot too, just update manually. MS Security Essentials and Windows Defender are also anchors to performance while Avast Antivirus will do the job better and barely effect performance.

    From my experience a computer with 1.5GB RAM or greater and meets the CPU requirements will feel just as fast in Win 7 as in XP, while Vista always feels slow.

    There is a trick for getting Win 7 x64 drivers on unsupported Macs. A one may work for your 32bit Mac.

    right click on command prompt and select run as administrator then enter these 3 commands (change the first line with the appropriate letter if your optical drive is mapped with a different letter than D: )

    cd /d D:

    cd \Boot Camp\Drivers\Apple

    BootCamp32.msi


    This command originally ended with BootCamp64.msi I have not checked the disk but I assume either a BootCamp.msi or more likely a BootCamp32.msi exists in the same directory.
     
  13. balamw Moderator

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    It's usually BootCamp.msi.

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  14. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    The stock video drivers provided by MS will work just fine. That's what my iMac is running (Win7 32bit). I don't understand why some people don't think it will run good. Its just as good if not better than XP from a performance point of view.
     

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