Installing Win7 beta on a Mac

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Installing Win7 beta on a Mac

Postposted on Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:46 pm

Step 1: Don't boot off the DVD. It failed to actually boot (getting stuck at some "select your device" dialog)
Step 2: Install XP
Step 3: Insert beta DVD, click Install Now
Step 4: Do a clean install

Worked for me, I could even install BootCamp 2.1 off of my 10.5.4 install disc and had all the drivers out of the box *except* for the Radeon drivers. I downloaded Mobility Modder from DriverHeaven and Catalyst 8.12, and let MM go to work. Driver installed perfect after that.

Everything seems to work, from AppleTime service (because OS X uses GMT and adds/subtracts and Windows stores local time in CMOS) to the Boot Camp control panel to all the keyboard stuff like brightness/volume controls on the F keys, as well as eject.

Even though you need a key from MS to activate, the direct download links install sans key and give you 30 days to activate.

Try to keep this thread on the task of installing Win7 beta on your Mac, and NOT a discussion of how MAC SUXXX AND WINDOWZ ROXORZ.
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Re: Installing Win7 beta on a Mac

Postposted on Fri Jan 09, 2009 11:35 pm

Cool. Once my download finishes, I'll try to virtualise it in Fusion. I'll let you know how that goes.

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Re: Installing Win7 beta on a Mac

Postposted on Sat Jan 10, 2009 12:41 am

I installed it within fusion and so far it seems to work okay.
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Re: Installing Win7 beta on a Mac

Postposted on Sun Jan 11, 2009 4:38 pm

My copy of Fusion didn't like the x64 version but the x86 version installs OK. I can't seem to get Aero working though which is a little annoying.
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Re: Installing Win7 beta on a Mac

Postposted on Sun Jan 11, 2009 6:20 pm

do VMWare's graphics drivers install or is your machine showing a plain generic VGA adapter? Also, do you have 3D shader stuff turned on in preferences?
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Re: Installing Win7 beta on a Mac

Postposted on Sun Jan 11, 2009 6:41 pm

VMWare tools have installed fine, all VM drivers are installed properly. 3D Acceleration is enabled in Fusion too.

Meh, it's not too important, I can live without it :)
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Re: Installing Win7 beta on a Mac

Postposted on Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:38 pm

So what steps did you guys use to install it on Fusion? Mine keeps failing on both x64 and x32........ :-?
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Re: Installing Win7 beta on a Mac

Postposted on Wed Jan 14, 2009 9:46 pm

Need to update my first post - x86 installs fine, x64 got stuck. 2.4GHz iMac.
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