Windows version for bootcamp?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by fdgjfg, Jul 4, 2012.

  1. fdgjfg macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2011
    Hi, I have a small question.

    I have an old copy of windows xp professional, 32 bit, that I just installed on my 13" 2011 mbp for playing games. However, even though I am running snow leopard, bootcamp insists that windows 7 is necessary, so I can't install any of the necessary drivers.

    Now that I know I have to buy windows 7, my question is, which version of windows 7 should I buy? I would like to purchase the 64 bit home premium install if possible, but the main issue is the difference between full retail, upgrade, or system builder. Upgrade seems like the cheapest option, but can I effectively upgrade on bootcamp?
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    You can still install XP if you want:

    From: Can i install windows XP on Lion? (Works the same on Snow Leopard too)

    If you go with Win7, I recommend getting a full version so as to avoid any potential problems in going the upgrade route.
  3. GregPQ macrumors regular


    Jan 2, 2010
    This was an excellent step-by-step! It enabled me to install XP Pro SP3 on my son's 2010 MBP running OSX 10.6.8. Many thanks.

    He needs it for a summer course that requires MS Access, and I was able to install MS Office 2007 for Windows, so we are essentially good to go.

    One lingering issue is internet connectivity--the lack of it--while running XP. It does not seem to recognize the MBP's wireless card. And we are of course using Boot Camp so it would require a reboot to get to his Macintosh partition for web access.

    Is there a way to connect to our wireless home network on his new WinXP partition?

    Thanks again, this was a great help!

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