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    On the day of Windows 7's release, Apple posted a terse Knowledge Base article promising Boot Camp support for the new operating system. However, the capability will only be available in a future update to the utility, which is slated for release sometime before the end of the year.

    Originally Posted by :
    Apple will support Microsoft Windows 7 (Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate) with Boot Camp in Mac OS X Snow Leopard before the end of the year. This support will require a software update to Boot Camp.
    Additionally, the article noted without explanation that nine Mac models manufactured in 2006 will not have Windows 7 support:
    • 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)

    Observers have hypothesized that the omissions are related to drivers - for peripherals like the iSight camera, trackpad, Bluetooth, backlit keyboard etc. - that won't run on those systems under Windows. Windows 7 can be installed on these Macs and may work fine, though the affected devices may show some glitches. However, it's also possible that Windows may auto-detect the devices and load compatible drivers.

    At the same time, though, it's unclear what these nine models have in common that is not also shared by other Macs. From AppleInsider:
    Originally Posted by :
    The Early 2006 iMacs and MacBook Pro models have 32-bit Core Duo CPUs, but the other models specified all use 64-bit Core 2 Duos or Xeon processors, and no other 32-bit Macs (MacBooks, mini) are on the list...
    The only other common thread between these machines is that they all originally shipped with either no or disabled support for 802.11n wireless networking. However, late 2006 MacBooks also shipped with disabled support for 802.11n, and no Mac minis supported 802.11n until 2009, so this does not appear to be a factor either.
    image via InfoWorld
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Boot Camp to Support Windows on Mac. Um, Soon. Unless... started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 47 Comments
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by JailbreakThis View Post
      But what I wanna know is WHY ON EARTH would MAC USERS need Windows? I thought that Crapples could do EVERYTHING
      For gamers, they would get Windows because it is good for gaming. Mac users get switch from Mac to Windows? That is awesome, but Apple did not invent the first boot camp. I need Mac.
    1. jdogkirby's Avatar
      jdogkirby -
      Yes Windows 7 works with the new update of parallels perfectly!!!!!
    1. ghedoicy's Avatar
      ghedoicy -
      I was already using Bootcamp for Windows 7 beta. It worked fine.

      -Matt
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      I've been running the Windows 7 RC since it came out and it's worked fantastic except for it occasionally locking up completely and forcing a restart every now and then. But I think that was fixed through Windows Update awhile back as it hasn't happened recently. Oddly it only did it while using Chrome or Firefox. But playing Fallout 3, L4D, Half Life (all the releases), and Fable 2 work flawlessly. I only use Windows 7 for games, but after mucking around with it I can definitely see a massive improvement and it would be very easy to use it everyday if I had to. It's not quite as good as OS X in some areas, and in others it blows it away completely. But I use OS X when I don't play games. Now if they could only fix the trackpad scrolling and overall sensitivity....
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      I need to use windows OS, because about 10% of my work I have to do on Windows. It's suck but this way will save my company $$$$$. So if boot camp support Windows 7. I will be so happy.
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by JailbreakThis View Post
      Troll huh, how bout your bring your bit.ch a.ss down from Palm Bay to West Palm and we will see who the troll is. Probably couldn't even afford the gas money to come down here seeing as how all the broke a.ss people live in Palm Bay



      What facts do you need? It's a KNOWN FACT that Crapple users are ALWAYS boasting about how big and bad their computers are and how bad PC's & Windows sucks, yet here they are all talking about how they RUN WINDOWS ON THEIR CRAPPLE's.

      If your too dumb to comprehend that then perhaps you should sell your PC and jump on the Crapple bandwagon as well.
      Learn grammar. Grow up. If there's anymore profanity from you, you can use your PC to find another site.
    1. seanf's Avatar
      seanf -
      I just tried to set up my MacBook pro unibody using bootcamp to load Windows 7. Seems to work ok until Windows updates some drivers. After restart, win7 locks up tight. Does the same thing if I use the Snow Leopard disk to update the Vista drivers.

      Alternatively, Win7 works ok with running in VMware fusion on Snow leopard. It is a bit slow but not too bad. Unfortunately, Windows virtural pc doesn't work this way.
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by rwin84 View Post
      sweet now i need a mac
      No, you've ALWAYS needed one. You've just only now been enlightened that you do.
    1. mgebara's Avatar
      mgebara -
      Quote Originally Posted by JailbreakThis View Post
      But what I wanna know is WHY ON EARTH would MAC USERS need Windows? I thought that Crapples could do EVERYTHING
      Games. Windows wins for games. Hands down. Simple enough for you? Happy now?
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      I need Windows on my MBP for WLM as MS I think has just totally stopped supporting and developing WLM since version 7.0.2, which barely works since SL. Maybe also I need Windows as WMP is waaayy better than QT and iTunes.
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by A.T View Post
      I need Windows on my MBP for WLM as MS I think has just totally stopped supporting and developing WLM since version 7.0.2, which barely works since SL. Maybe also I need Windows as WMP is waaayy better than QT and iTunes.
      You cannot be serious about using windows just for that. Ever heard of Adium for IM? Songbird for music? VLC for videos? WOW, A.T. Are you sure you own a mac?
    1. jnb1966's Avatar
      jnb1966 -
      Quote Originally Posted by whizkid View Post
      I already have new macbook pro running with windows 7 32 bit and snow leopard and its works awsum and flawlessly.//.
      Same here been running it for months!!!
    1. BarcaMagic's Avatar
      BarcaMagic -
      I just got done installing windows 7 on my MBP unibody couple of hours ago.
      Thru bootcamp.Everything works .
    1. sonofjemmi's Avatar
      sonofjemmi -
      Quote Originally Posted by JailbreakThis View Post
      But what I wanna know is WHY ON EARTH would MAC USERS need Windows? I thought that Crapples could do EVERYTHING
      simply because the rest of the world is so saturated MS products that you cant help but to use it.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by one1 View Post
      I have WIN on my mac so I can boot it - point and laugh - and turn it back off.
    1. lach's Avatar
      lach -
      I have had Windows 7 installed on a June 2009 Macbook Pro, and ran it through bootcamp but had real bad problems with the temperature my MBP is getting to while use W7, even from general use. I see that many people are running W7 really well, so are you's getting heat problems?

      and A.T, i am sure that MS is still working on WLM for mac, i can remember reading there were beta's of windows live messenger for mac 8.x or something, with support of video chat and video calls or rather, hopefully it gets finished
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Something people missed here (it seems) is that I don't see anywhere that Apple said Win7 won't work with bootcamp currently. They are probably rolling out an update to bootcamp that officially supports Win7 (aka please don't ***** to us right now if Win7 doesn't work for you on your Mac with bootcamp, we will update when we are good and ready). That, and I bet they want to make sure any launch issues with Win7 are ironed out before they start officially saying it works.
    1. santaf's Avatar
      santaf -
      woohoo using my free windows 7 it's soo much more smooth than vista my computer used to run really hard and slow wheni was running vista now windows seven it's like i was only runnin one os (i use parallels)
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      i've got the full version windows 7 pro 64bit running on my OSX SL. Everything works fine except for the printing. When printing from certain print servers and can't find the drivers and then uses windows update to find them....and fails that's the only thing i've seen so far that i have issues with.

      Quote Originally Posted by lach View Post
      I have had Windows 7 installed on a June 2009 Macbook Pro, and ran it through bootcamp but had real bad problems with the temperature my MBP is getting to while use W7, even from general use. I see that many people are running W7 really well, so are you's getting heat problems?

      and A.T, i am sure that MS is still working on WLM for mac, i can remember reading there were beta's of windows live messenger for mac 8.x or something, with support of video chat and video calls or rather, hopefully it gets finished
      ooooo man i hope you're right about that because that'd be sooo sick! I won't have to restart my Mac to boot windows and use WML. I hope this is released soooooonnnnn!

      and @ JailbreakThis (the windows troll) No one on here said Macs were the best. We are all opened minded to different OS and don't live in a box like you. I personally enjoy windows and have had very little trouble with it. I just wanted a Mac just cuz...i wanted one and to learn more about them. So quit that wanna be gangster crap you're as foolish as they come and you can't think out of the box. Having a system that can handle more than just 1 OS makes you more versatile in any situation. Try to think technically (if your simple mind can) instead of just acting like the average ignorant and biased windows user.