How to: Install Windows 7 (32 bit or 64 bit) on Mac using Boot Camp.

Please check the following steps to install Windows 7 (32 bit or 64 bit) on your Mac using Boot Camp.

Step One

Open a new Finder window by clicking the Finder icon in your dock.

Step Two

Click Applications from the list of places on the left.

Step Three

Double click the Utilities folder to access your utility applications.

Step Four

Double click the Boot Camp icon to launch the application.

Step Five

The Boot Camp Assistant will open. Click the Continue button.

Step Six

You will now be asked to Create a Partition for Windows. You can drag the divider to set the size of the partitions. Windows 7 needs about 10 GB at very minimum. If you plan to install applications make sure you allow extra space for them. When satisfied with the size of your partition click the Partition button.

Step Seven

Once your disk has been partitioned you are ready to start the Windows installation. Insert your Windows 7 Installation DVD and click the Start Installation button.

Step Eight

Your computer will now reboot and launch the Windows 7 Setup. Select your language, Time and currency format, and Keyboard or input method from the dropdown boxes, then click the Next button.

Step Nine

Click the Install now button.

Step Ten

Please read the license terms then check the box to accept the license terms. Click the Next button to continue.

Step Eleven

Click to select the Custom (advanced) method of installation.

Step Twelve

Click to select the Disk Partition labeled BOOTCAMP then click the Drive options (advanced) link below. A few different drive options will appear. Making sure the BOOTCAMP partition is highlighted click the Formatlink. A popup window will appear warning you that any data stored on the partition will be lost. Click the OK button. Once the drive has finished formatting you can click the Next button to continue.

Step Thirteen

Windows 7 will now begin copying and expanding files. This may take some time. After all the files have been copied and expanded your computer will reboot. Your computer will then be restarted again after the installation is completed.

Step Fourteen

You will then be asked to choose a username for your account and name your computer to distinguish it on the network. Please do this then click the Next button to continue.

Step Fifteen

You will then be asked to set a password to use when you log on to your computer. Type in your desired password, retype it to confirm, and enter a hint to be used if you forget the password. Click the Next button to continue.

Step Sixteen

Windows 7 Setup will now ask for your product key. Input the key then click the Next button to continue.

Step Seventeen

Windows will now ask you to select your preference in regards to its updates, security, and online assistance. Select Use recommended settings unless you are an advanced user and understand how to manage the system on your own.

Step Eighteen

Review your time and date settings to make sure they are correct, then click the Next button to continue.

Step Nineteen

You will be asked to join a wireless network. Select your wireless network from the list that appears then click theNext button. If you do not wish to set up a wireless network you may click the Skip button.

Step Twenty

Windows 7 Setup will ask you to select your computer’s current location. Click the appropriate option.

Step Twenty One

Since I select Home in the previous step, Windows asks if I would like to create a homegroup. A homegroup links computers on your home network so that you can share devices and files. Click the Next button if you would like to create a homegroup; otherwise, click the Skip button.

Step Twenty Two

Windows 7 will now open to the Desktop. Click on the Windows button at the bottom left then click Computer. Select your DVD drive from the visible devices then click the Eject button in the toolbar.

Step Twenty Four

Insert your Mac OS X Installation DVD and run the setup.exe file.

Note*: If you have installed the 64 bit version of Windows 7 then insert and run a DVD that contains BootCamp 2.1 for Windows Vista 64 bit (BCUpdateVista64.exe).

Step Twenty Five

The Boot Camp Installer will appear to guide you through the steps necessary to install Boot Camp. Click theNext button to get started.

Step Twenty Six

Read the license agreement, select I accept the terms in the license agreement, then click the Next button to continue.

Step Twenty Seven

Choose whether you would like to install Apple Software Update for Windows then click the Install button.

Step Twenty Eight

Boot Camp will proceed to install the drivers necessary for your Mac to work properly with Windows. When the installation has completed click the Finish button.

You will then be prompted to restart your system for the configuration changes to take effect. Click the Yesbutton.

Step Twenty Nine

Once your system has restarted you will have successfully installed Windows 7 on your Mac using Boot Camp.

Notice that now your screen resolution will have improved and you should have all your drivers working properly!

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