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Install Microsoft Windows 7 on your Mac Leopard OS X

windows 7 leopard Mac OS X

Install Microsoft Windows 7 on your Mac Leopard OS X with Intel CPU (running 10.5 or later)

Apple has upgraded Boot Camp tool  to support Windows 7. This can be useful to Mac users how to install Windows 7 on Mac.Will, there should be upgrade Boot Camp. It is necessary to make a new NTFS partition for Windows (min 16GB). Once you start the installation with Boot Camp Assistant installation is the same as with any Windows 7, except that you have to keep the details of how to select ‘custom’ install and select the right partition …

To install Windows 7 on your Mac using Boot Camp you will need the following:

windows 7 mac os x

  • All updates installed on your Mac OS X PC (use Apple Button -> Software Update… check for updates)
  • A Windows 7 installation DVD
  • Your OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard installation DVD
  • Approximately 30 GB of empty hard drive space on your Mac. You can probably try to allocate less than 30 GB to Windows 7 , but it will leave very little space to install anything in Windows 7.
  • An 1 hour if all goes OK, up to 5 hours if not
  • Though not absolutely required, it’s a VERY good idea to have a complete and recent Machine backup of OS X . Because part of the process involves partitioning your drive, there’s always the distinct chance something will go wrong and everything will be wiped out.
  • Patience, you will require much of it. Having a book will also help kill time during the partitioning, installing etc).


Installing Windows 7 via Boot Camp

1 – First thing – close absolutely every open program you can. That includes those things running in the Apple Menu that you always forget about. Don’t worry about killing the Dock or Dashboard – having those running is fine.

2 – Now open a Finder and navigate to Applications->Utilities and double-click Boot Camp Assistant.

Mac utilities bootcamp

3 – Click Continue on the Introduction screen. Ignore the fact that it doesn’t show Windows 7 as a possible OS option to install.

4 – Now you have to decide how much hard disk space you want to allocate to Windows 7. You might be able to set as low as 10 GB, but I would highly advise against it. You’ll have almost no space left over to install software, and your page file in Windows might cause frequent crashes. I would recommend 30 GB, which left me with just a little bit over 16 GB to use after installing Windows 7. To change the amount of space to dedicate to Windows 7, click the small divider between Mac OS X and Windows, and drag it to the left.

5 – Once you have determined how much disk space you want to allocate to Windows 7, click the Partition button.

windows 7 bootcamp partition

6 – The partitioning itself doesn’t take particularly long. If you receive an error, read this tutorial,. It provides all the troubleshooting info you need to resolve partitioning issues. here is short tutorial:

The most common error is that OS X couldn’t move a file and the partition could not be created. There are a couple of things that could be wrong, and I’ll show how to fix them from the fastest method to the longest method. Hope that the fastest one will resolve your problem.

Close out of the Boot Camp Assistant and launch the Disk Utility by selecting Applications > Utilities Disk Utility.

Select your Mac drive, or the partition you were trying to install Boot Camp on (if you have more than one). Click the Verify Disk Permissions button, then the Repair Disk Permissions button. Once that’s done, click the Verify Disk button, then the Repair Disk button if it’s available. ” end of tutorial

Mac bootcamp repair disk first aid

Once you’ve cleared up any problems, or if everything just goes smoothly, proceed with the next step in this tutorial.

7 – Once completed you’ll notice a new BOOTCAMP drive on your desktop.

windows 7 bootcamp disk drive

8 – Now insert your Windows 7 installation DVD and click the Start Installation button.

windows 7 bootcamp start install

9 – Your Mac will restart, and Windows 7 will boot. You’ll be prompted with a window asking you which partition you want to install Windows 7 on. Select the one with BOOTCAMP in the Name column. Selecting Anything else may wipe out your OS X or cause serious problems. Then select the Drive options (advanced) link.

windows 7 bootcamp disk part

10 – With the BOOTCAMP volume still selected, click the Format link.

windows 7 bootcamp disk format

11 – Click OK on the next screen

windows 7 bootcamp partition OK

12 – And Windows 7 will begin to install. It’s a maybe well known process which is explain here , so you may want to grab yourself a cup of coffee. But stay close, don’t go away, because when your system reboots, you’ll need to remove the Windows 7 DVD.

13 – With the Windows 7 installation DVD removed, your Mac will automatically boot back into Windows 7, and the installation will complete. You’ll be prompted to select your language, keyboard layout etc. The rest of the Windows 7 installation process is very straight forward, as I mention before.

14 – Once the installation has completed and your Mac PC has restarted again, you’ll be able to use Windows 7. Wi-Fi or network card will work immediately (no drivers to install) so connect to the Internet for updates. Windows 7 will then begin to download updates, including the proper video card driver. Let it do its thing.

15 – Once process completed, you’ll be prompted to restart again. Do it so.

windows 7 update restart

16 – Once Windows 7 reboot back up again, you’ll notice the screen resolution is much better, and you can enable the advanced graphics features.

Windows 7 desktop

17 – But if you check for sound, you’ll notice there are no sound drivers installed.

windows 7 no sound driver

18 – Insert your OS X Leopard (or Snow Leopard) DVD. When prompted, select Run setup.exe. Note: If you’re using Snow Leopard and a message pops up saying “Remote Install Mac OS X”, close that window and eject the CD. Put the CD in again and this time select “Open folder to view files”, navigate to the Bootcamp folder, and run setup.exe.

windows 7 bootcamp setup

19 – The Boot Camp installer will launch. Click Next to begin.

windows 7 bootcamp installer

20 – Select I accept the terms in the license agreement and then click Next again.

21 – Make sure that Apple Software Update for Windows is checked, and click InstallThe Boot Camp installer will do its thing, and install all the required drivers.

windows 7 boot camp apple software update

22 – Notifications will pop up with each driver that gets installed.

windows 7 bootcamp install device driver

23 – Once completed, click Finish.

24 – And yet again you’ll be prompted to reboot. Remove your OS X Leopard DVD from the drive, and click Yes to restart.

windows 7 bootcamp restart dialog box

25 – At this point most of the hardware on your Mac should be working in Windows. However, some iMac’s and MacBook Pro’s will have to update to the 3.1 version of Boot Camp for Windows. To do so, just follow the few steps. Make sure you have booted your Mac into Windows. From the Start menu select All Programs and then Apple Software Update.

windows 7 apple software update

Make sure there’s a check mark in the box labeled Boot Camp Update (version 3.1) and click the Install 1 Item . The Apple Software Updater will now download the Boot Camp Update.

Wait for it to update. You may notice that your screen flickers a few times during the installation – this is totally normal. Once the installation has completed, click the Yes button to complete the installation.

26 – Note: If you still have problems with sound not working, you’ll need to install the Realtek drivers. This will explain what to do.

The solution to audio not working in Windows 7 running in Boot Camp is to download and install the latest (2.14) Realtek Drivers . Select the High Definition Audio Codecs (Software) link, accept the license agreement, and after the download has completed run the executable. You may need to reboot your Mac (back into Windows 7) for audio to work.

That’s it, you’re done! When your Mac boots, hold down the Option key to select which Operating System you want to boot into.

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