Boot Camp: Installing Windows 7 Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to questions about installing Microsoft Windows 7 on your Mac via Boot Camp.

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:

Do all Intel-based Macs support Windows 7?

Many Intel-based Macs support Windows 7. Some Mac models require Boot Camp 4 or later for this support. Mac Pro (Late 2013) only supports Windows 8 (64-bit). For information on the versions of Windows and Boot Camp that your Mac supports, see Boot Camp: System requirements for Microsoft Windows operating systems.

Where can I get the Windows Support Software (Windows drivers)? 

Use Boot Camp Assistant to automatically download the software for your Mac and the versions of OS X and Windows you are using. Refer to System requirements for Microsoft Windows operating systems for more information.

How do I use the Support Software I downloaded from the web page?

  1. The download file is a .zip file. Double click it to uncompress it.
  2. 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). 
  3. Attach the hard drive to the USB port of your Mac after Windows 7 is installed. 
  4. Double-click the Boot Camp folder, then locate and double click the "setup.exe" file. 
  5. 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.
  6. When your system restarts your Windows 7 installation is done.

How do I format USB media to the FAT file system?

Use Disk Utility to format a disk for 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.

  1. Open Disk Utility.
  2. Select the disk you want to format for use with Windows computers.
  3. 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.
  4. Type a name for the disk. The name’s maximum length is 11 characters.
  5. 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?

Some Macs support both versions. Some Macs support only the 32 or 64 bit version of Windows 7.  See Boot Camp: System requirements for Microsoft Windows operating systems for details.

Learn More

More details about the topics discussed in this article can be found on the Boot Camp support page of the Apple Support website.

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