Windows Vista Driver Bootcamp

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Helixc0de, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. Helixc0de macrumors regular

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    Well I recently boot camped my Macbook pro 2011 13 inch. I boot camped it with windows Vista 32 bit. I cant seem to find a Ethernet driver or a wifi adapter driver anywhere. I can only access the internet via Bluetooth through tethering from my iphone 4. If anyone has a download link or somewhere I can access a bluetooth driver that would be great. Whenever i try to use the OS x disc to install the drivers it says I need windows 7. I dont have access to windows 7 so Please help!
     
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  3. xdbuix macrumors 6502

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    i had the exact same problem. Unfornately i got some bad news, i read vista isnt officially supported anymore. You might have to switch to windows 7 which I did.
     
  4. eljanitor macrumors 6502

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    Vista isn't a good operating system. It was extremely short lived. I have seen it on a Mac PRO tower and it only displayed 2 GB of the actual 5 GB of RAM that was there. Boot into OSX and that shows 5 GB that I know the machine has. Not to mention frequent crashes etc etc. Windows Vista is like a band aid for Microsoft between XP and 7. Even windows users seem to think its a terrible OS. Windows 7 is much better, and worth getting if you have to run windows.
     
  5. Helixc0de thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well does anyone know how I can install windows 7 for free? I can't afford it at this time.
     
  6. superkrups20056 macrumors member

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    That's probably because it was a 32 bit copy instead of a 64 bit copy.
     
  7. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Vista isn't supported, nobody can be of any help to you, besides, vista sucks, get windows 7.
     
  8. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Not legally, no. Some schools offer free licences to their students, if you are a student maybe look into that.
     
  9. Helixc0de thread starter macrumors regular

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    So basically what you guys are saying is that it is impossible to access the internet on windows vista on a macbook pro? or can I just get the driver I cant get windows 7 I cant afford it....:apple:
     
  10. PurrBall macrumors 6502a

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    A driver probably exists somewhere on the Intel site, but it wouldn't be labeled for Apple hardware.
     
  11. eljanitor, Apr 29, 2011
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    You can hunt across the internet to find a driver that will work for you. There are many windows drivers that work on different manufacturers hardware. It's just that you have to find them. I wish you the best of luck in finding a free copy of Windows 7 that isn't some kind of pirate, and that hasn't already been registered.

    You can however buy an upgrade disk for $150 and up that will let you upgrade Vista to Windows 7. However you can't upgrade a 32 bit version to a 64 bit, so you will have to get the 32 bit upgrade.

    You could also install a program like parallels that will let you run windows vista as a virtual machine.

    Heres a link for windows upgrade info for you
    http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/list/categoryID.50726100?WT.mc_id=pointitsem_US_Google_5-Windows7_generic_upgrade2&wt.term=windows%20upgrades&wt.campaign=*5+-+Windows+7&wt.content=nKCDcX1K&wt.source=google&wt.medium=cpc&WT.srch=1
     
  12. mediasorcerer macrumors regular

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    if you go back to an older version of osx,like 10.5 or 10.4 vista will work,i installed it on my sisters 15" 2010 version.
     
  13. mikeytwice macrumors member

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    You can find Windows 7 for free, but it won't be legal.

    Though probably still not legal, if you're a student, have an alumni (.edu) email or know someone with a .edu email, you can take advantage of this $30 upgrade:
    http://www.microsoft.com/student/en/us/windows/buynow/default.aspx

    Or, you can go the totally legal route here for $70:
    http://www.onlinedigitalitems.com/Windows-Windows-7-Home-Premium-Upgrade/product/364E823B

    Having used both Vista and 7 for extended periods, I can say that the $70 upgrade is absolutely worth it. Windows 7 is a good and usable OS, whereas Vista is just a nightmare. And you'll save time not looking for drivers.

    Remember to get a 64-bit version...
     

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