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Apple Finally Adds Windows 7 Support to Boot Camp

Gordon Kelly


Apple Finally Adds Windows 7 Support to Boot Camp

It may have taken nearly three months, but Apple has finally updated Mac OS X Boot Camp to make it compatible with Windows 7.

Version 3.1 of Boot Camp was issued late last night and brings support for both 32bit and 64bit versions of Microsoft's new operating system playing nicely with Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate editions.

On top of this Boot Camp 3.1 "addresses issues with the Apple trackpad, turns off the red digital audio port LED on laptop computers when it is not being used, and supports the Apple wireless keyboard and Apple Magic mouse."

Surprisingly the 32bit upgrade comes in at a much larger 380MB download compared to the 274MB for 64bit support and given the latter is the far more sensible version to run in this day and age this should make your mind up for you.

Overall I prefer Windows 7 to Mac OS X, so this would be pretty big news to me. Then again, I just run a PC...

Update: Engadget reports 27in iMac owners have allegedly been running into the 'black screen of death' when trying to run Windows 7 so Apple has issued a tool to run before installing it on these machines. The flaw centres around default ATI drivers. Grab it here.


Boot Camp 3.1 for Windows 32bit

Boot Camp 3.1 for Windows 64bit


January 20, 2010, 5:59 pm

Nice. Downloaded it last night. Best thing was that I didn't even have to go back into OS X to run the update.

Hoping the new drivers improve battery life. That's my only complaint just now.


January 20, 2010, 6:27 pm

I have been running Windows 7 in Parallels and it seems to run great, think I will stick with that setup rather than going down the bootcamp route. Although I do have Windows XP running in bootcamp for the odd game I want to play.


January 20, 2010, 10:11 pm

Yeah, I think Boot Camp has limited appeal now with virtualisation so good. I mean, any serious gamer is going to have a PC setup for their games anyway, and anyone else should be fine with Windows in a window - where it belongs. ;)


January 20, 2010, 10:58 pm

Funny world we live in, Mac that boots Windows = Apple giving you choices, PC that boots Mac OS X = you'll be hearing from our lawyers.


January 20, 2010, 10:58 pm

why is it alright for the writer of this article to post anti mac flame bait but when I post fro mac flame bait it has been deleted in the past.

ah hypocrisy I get it.


January 20, 2010, 11:16 pm

@Ironduke - I think the writer makes his bias perfectly clear. It's up to you to get annoyed at it :)

I love seeing Mac people annoyed. I love messing with my sister that recently bought a macbook for superficial reasons. It's hilarious watching her plug in a usb stick and wonder why it doesn't work.


January 20, 2010, 11:49 pm

Ironduke: Why? Most likely because Gordon's "flame bait" was tongue-in-cheek, with the qualification that "overall" he merely "prefers Windows 7". You on the other hand give the impression that everything released with an Apple logo is inherently flawless and some kind of glorious victory for the divine Steve Jobs over any competition (all of which is automatically flawed, or FAIL as you might say). And that's just what I'm seeing in your posts which have not been deleted, so I can only imagine what was in the others. In other words, you take this s**t way too seriously...

Smithfield Building

January 21, 2010, 12:11 am

Ahhh putting Windows on a Mac. Like buying a condom and biting a hole in the end.



January 21, 2010, 12:49 am

I can hear the sigh of relief from the Mac community as they finally get to run a decent operating system on their very expensive Intel PC's....

Please pass me my tin helmet ;)

*runs for cover*


January 21, 2010, 3:14 am

@Castalan - I shotgun the space behind the curtain or the dark space between the sofas if the curtains are taken.

I'd personally would like the opportunity to extensively use OSX on my laptop, but since it's unlikely I'll ever buy a Mac system, I will never know if in the long term, it's a nicer to use OS. Pretty much just use my system to listen to music, game, web, and work. However apparently it's a better platform for developers. Not being one, I'm very content with W7. I think it's too familiar to me to change now.


January 21, 2010, 3:15 am

"they finally get to run a decent operating system"

@Castalan - I thought this article was about Macs running Windows 7, not Ubuntu?

*runs for cover with Castalan*


January 21, 2010, 1:16 pm


well he should keep his tongue out of other peoples Cheeks then

Dirt Filthy Beggar:P


January 21, 2010, 2:44 pm

@darkspark88 - I don't understand your comments about USB sticks. I use Macs and PC's and swap data using many USB sticks, what's the problem?

These PC people just don't know what they're doing.......... *duck and cover*

You sound like the PC equivalent of the MAC fan boy, so what's the difference, you should all keep you pie holes firmly closed or involve yourself in sensible debate....

Yeah, that'll be the day from those pesky PC people... :) *Ducks some more*


January 21, 2010, 4:56 pm

Taking my tin hat off for a second and putting my serious hat on ...

If Apple let me legally buy and run OSX on my PC, or just try it out, so that I could see that it plays nicely with the rest of my kit ( NAS, DLNA server, PC Games machine, Work laptop etc etc ) I'd be much more likely to shell out the cash for a real MAC.

I like the hardware - and playing with them in the shop they seem nice - but I'm never going to buy one until I know it plays well with everything else i've got.

I have no evidence to back the next statement up - but my gut feel is, if I think like this - many others will too.

Unfortunately it looks like Satan will be ice skating to work the day that happens .. but they did dump PowerPC - so I am holding out a small hope ...

*removes serious hat and replaces tin helmet*


January 21, 2010, 5:56 pm

What makes Win 7 good is that it's so OS X like.

"I'm a Mac and Windows 7 was my idea."


January 21, 2010, 6:01 pm

@Castalan - When you say you want the MAC to play nicely, what do you mean? I have a MAC Mini and use a Netgear Stora as a NAS, I network with a Win XP laptop and I stream to my PS3. If you let me know if there's anything specific I might be able to help.

I understand why Apple do what they do, but I also see the potential for giving users more hardware access.......


January 21, 2010, 6:19 pm

@MrGodfrey - you took the words... ;)<br />

@Carcharodon - fair point, but throw in the ubiquitous Windows software support, cheaper desktops and laptops and I'm sold.


January 21, 2010, 6:59 pm

@jacko I format all my usb sticks to NTFS so I can transfer files larger than 4gb. Macs don't support NTFS out the box.

It's great to think you see your self as the voice of reason, but covertly you've set up shop with an apple branded machine gun turret. I just hope I'm far enough out of range :)


January 21, 2010, 8:00 pm

@darkspark88 - Well, you said it was your sister having problems with USB, so are you saying you reformat all her sticks as well? And NTFS is supported out of the box but read only, so you can access data on sticks just not write to them.

As for me being the voice of reason, I think you are right, I was trying to be reasonable and not trying to be a MAC or PC fan boy. Fan boys on either side are as bad as each other and the sweeping generalisations are just plain stupid. (See your comment : I love seeing MAC people annoyed!)

You do realise my 'PC people' was a joke in relation to your PC bias, right? ;)


January 21, 2010, 11:27 pm

go ed lads give it some!


January 22, 2010, 2:53 am

why, it only seems like yesterday we were all using windows 3.1...


January 22, 2010, 1:39 pm

@ ilovethemonkeyhead - I don't think I ever used Windows 3.1, thank god! In the late 80's / early 90's, I was using an Amiga 500 / 1200; Now those were the days of computing! :)

Actually, the Amiga OS was amazing for it's time, how things change!


January 22, 2010, 2:05 pm


Windows 3.1? It doesn't seem that long ago to me that we were all using DOS 3.1.... and 5 1/4 inch floppies! Oops, am I just showing my age? lol

gary gatter

January 23, 2010, 7:15 pm

I think version OS X version 10.6 is required, I have version 10.5 so need to pay £25 to be able to put windows 7 on my mac mini, I am not happy :-(


January 25, 2010, 8:25 pm

I'm going to comment seriously, just to break the flow.

Good to see this support, Win7 is without doubt the best Windows in a long time and being able to run both OS's on a Mac is a great advantage for those of us that see the advantages in both platforms, this is a little late, but welcome (and worked perfectly on my Mac). Nice to see companies making it easier to interoperate.

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