Boot Camp: Installing Windows 7 Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to questions about installing Microsoft Windows 7 on your Mac via Boot Camp.
More details about some of the topics discussed in this article can be found at www.apple.com/support/bootcamp.
What do I need to install Windows 7?
Windows 7 requires OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard or later, and Boot Camp 3.1 or later. For a list of supported Mac and System Requirements, see Boot Camp: System requirements for Microsoft Windows operating systems.
What types of Windows 7 installations are supported?
Both new installs and upgrade installs are supported.
How do I install Windows 7?
If you are installing Windows 7 using Boot Camp with:
- OS X v10.8 Mountain Lion, see the Boot Camp Installation & Setup Guide.
- OS X v10.7 Lion, see http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/boot_camp_install-setup_10.7.pdf .
- OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard, see the Boot Camp Installation & Setup Guide.
Do all Intel-based Macs support Windows 7?
All Intel-based Macs support Windows 7 using Boot Camp 3.1 or later except these:
- iMac (17-inch, Early 2006)
- iMac (17-inch, Late 2006)
- iMac (20-inch, Early 2006)
- iMac (20-inch, Late 2006)
- MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2006)
- MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2006)
- MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2006)
- MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2006)
- Mac Pro (Mid 2006, Intel Xeon Dual-core 2.66GHz or 3GHz)
Where can I get the Windows Support Software (Windows drivers)?
Use the Boot Camp Assistant (see the Boot Camp Installation & Setup Guide for more information). You can also refer to System requirements for Microsoft Windows operating systems.
How do I use the Support Software I downloaded from the web page?
- The download file is a .zip file. Double click it to uncompress it.
- Copy the Support Software to the root level of a USB flash or hard drive that is formatted with the FAT file system (see question below for steps on how to format).
- Attach the hard drive to the USB port of your Mac after Windows 7 is installed.
- Double-click the Boot Camp folder, then locate and double click the "setup.exe" file.
- Installation of the drivers can take a few minutes. Don't interrupt the installation process. A completion dialog box will appear when everything is installed. Click Finish when the dialog appears.
- When your system restarts your Windows 7 installation is done.
How do I format USB media to the FAT file system?
You can use Disk Utility to format a disk to use with a Windows computer.
Important: Formatting a disk erases all the files on it. Copy any files you want to save to another disk before formatting the disk.
- Open Disk Utility.
- Select the disk you want to format for use with Windows computers.
- Click Erase, and choose one of the following from the Format pop-up menu:
- If the size of the disk is 32 GB or less, choose MS-DOS (FAT).
- If the size of the disk is over 32 GB, choose ExFAT.
- Type a name for the disk. The name’s maximum length is 11 characters.
- Click the Erase button, and then click Erase again.
A "code: 0x80070005" alert appears when upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7. How do I fix it?
This happens when the Windows 7 installer is attempting to write to a read-only Macintosh volume. See this article.
My iMac (27-inch, Late 2009) or iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2010) displays a black screen during installation of Microsoft Windows 7 using the Boot Camp Assistant. How do I fix it?
The Windows 7 installer does not include required graphics or Bluetooth drivers for this computer. To obtain the necessary drivers and resolve the issue, see this article.
A blue screen appears when installing Windows 7 on my iMac computer with NVIDIA GeForce 7300 or 7600 GT, or Mac Pro with NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT or Quadro FX 4500 graphics cards. How do I fix it?
Update your graphics card firmware. See this article for more information.
Are both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 supported?
On most Mac models, yes. Some Macs support the 32 or 64 bit version only. See Boot Camp: System requirements for Microsoft Windows operating systems for more information.