Windows 7?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Omar6000, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. Omar6000 macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2009
    There are a few questions I have before I decide to go out and buy Windows 7 for my macbook. I am currently running XP thanks to Boot Camp and I've heard it's possible to do the same with 7. But which version of windows 7 do I buy? There are the 32 bit versions and the 64 bit versions and I'm not sure which ones are compatible with my Macbook (maybe both are, but after reading through the Boot Camp manual the Windows XP has to be the 32 bit version so I'm just a bit concerned... no pun intended). My macbook is the Late 2008 version, so the specs are:
    Front side bus: 800MHz
    Processor: 2.1 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (T8100)
    Memory: 1 GB (two 512 MB) 667 MHz PC2-5300 - (Expandable to 4 GB)
    Graphics: Intel GMA X3100 using 144 MB RAM
    HD: 120 GB

    I've heard some people have managed to install this on iMac's however those are a lot more powerful than my simple macbook. I only have 1GB of RAM and after reading a lot on the internet I need 3GB (which I'm confused about any explanations for that would help :)). By the sounds of things it doesn't look like I can run it any answers to my questions or personal experiences :confused: ?

    P.S. Any online guides found to installing Windows 7 (not the beta version) on a Macbook would be greatly appreciated to :D

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Any version will work but I'd get 64-bit version. If I was you, I'd also upgrade the RAM to 4GB as it only costs ~50$
  3. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    If you buy a retail package you get both the 32bit and 64bit versions in the box.

  4. Palliser macrumors regular

    Jul 28, 2007
    See post above.

    I've been running the 32bit version of Win 7 for a few months now, just followed the normal boot camp install info. Apple will have "official" support for W7 and bootcamp by the end of the year so I've been reading.
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Stupid sexy retail box.

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