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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.

    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:
    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. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      sweet now i need a mac
    1. whizkid's Avatar
      whizkid -
      I already have new macbook pro running with windows 7 32 bit and snow leopard and its works awsum and flawlessly.//.
    1. santaf's Avatar
      santaf -
      i got windows 7 for free from my major i just don't know if parallel's will run windows 7 does anyone know? i've been trying to google it but i'm not sure if it just supports the windows 7 beta or also acutal windows 7 i have parallel's 4.0 thanks i'm really wanting to change my vista to 7 runs smoother and i love the interface so much more. there was a demo at my school.
    1. Mp3's Avatar
      Mp3 -
      I have had windows 7 installed on bootcamp for a while now. It seems to run perfect.
    1. samoth1989's Avatar
      samoth1989 -
      Quote Originally Posted by santaf View Post
      i got windows 7 for free from my major i just don't know if parallel's will run windows 7 does anyone know? i've been trying to google it but i'm not sure if it just supports the windows 7 beta or also acutal windows 7 i have parallel's 4.0 thanks i'm really wanting to change my vista to 7 runs smoother and i love the interface so much more. there was a demo at my school.
      yes it does, i have installed win7 via bootcamp and access the partition via parallels 4
    1. Tunerfreak's Avatar
      Tunerfreak -
      haha this is why i love apple, hey lots make fun of our competitor and say how crappy their OS is compared to our but then lets support that OS too. does anyone else see the irony here?
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      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
      Idiot.

      I've had Windows 7 (64-bit) running on my MacBook Pro for a while now, runs fine with VMware Fusion too. So Boot Camp Support is already there.....
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      [quote=JailbreakThis;5007397]

      You've proved my point.
      Seeing as all your posts are just childish Apple bashing with zero evidence to back anything up. Its sad that you need to join a primarily apple user forum just bad-mouth them to make yourself feel good. How low is your self esteem?
    1. iLaw-One's Avatar
      iLaw-One -
      Quote Originally Posted by santaf View Post
      i got windows 7 for free from my major i just don't know if parallel's will run windows 7 does anyone know? i've been trying to google it but i'm not sure if it just supports the windows 7 beta or also acutal windows 7 i have parallel's 4.0 thanks i'm really wanting to change my vista to 7 runs smoother and i love the interface so much more. there was a demo at my school.
      I've had windows 7 ultimate running on my MBP with VM ware. Runs smoothly without any issues at all...
    1. DarkDragonAn's Avatar
      DarkDragonAn -
      IF ANYONE WANT WINDOWS 7 PROFESSINAL FOR $29.99 JUST GO TO edit, link removedMicrosoft Office Discount for US Students -The Ultimate Steal- Office 2007 Software for $59.95[/url]
      BUT YOU NEED TO BE A COLLEGE STUDENT OR KNOW SOME WHO IS.
    1. brandonmarback's Avatar
      brandonmarback -
      This thread is the perfect opportunity for a fanboy flame war.

      Has anyone noticed how defensive the Apple people are lately. Remember that "Big Brother" that Apple warned us about, well that "Big Brother" is Apple. Do you remember when Steve Jobs said that at Apple, they believed in freedom of choice. Boy, things sure have come a long way since then, and not for the better.
    1. benjamin3111's Avatar
      benjamin3111 -
      im using windows 7 on my macbook pro right now i just typed up this with windows 7 on my mac right now
    1. Tizocman's Avatar
      Tizocman -
      I am using windows 7 pro on a iMac running OS X
      and the drivers issue really is not accurate as i have used both wired and wireless apple keyboards with 7. I have found that in any file or web browsers it randomly decides to go back, not sure if its a boot camp thing just mentioning it.
    1. neonsector's Avatar
      neonsector -
      I am running 7 on my mac pro as well with no issues at all (so far)
    1. KoNeko's Avatar
      KoNeko -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      You've proved my point.
      Seeing as all your posts are just childish Apple bashing with zero evidence to back anything up. Its sad that you need to join a primarily apple user forum just bad-mouth them to make yourself feel good. How low is your self esteem?
      Don't bother feeding the troll.
    1. bweb's Avatar
      bweb -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mp3 View Post
      I have had windows 7 installed on bootcamp for a while now. It seems to run perfect.
      Same here!
    1. petterloco1's Avatar
      petterloco1 -
      hey guy windows mac is just a computer don't fight against companys that you don't own or get something put off it.
    1. FlyingJoey's Avatar
      FlyingJoey -
      this doesn't make any sense, we got Windows 7 Ultimate at work about 2 months ago, and I've been running it natively on my macbook air for about 2 months, using the existing bootcamp drivers, and no issues. Everything appears to work like it should.

      Go figure.
    1. zauriel's Avatar
      zauriel -
      Quote Originally Posted by JailbreakThis View Post
      Proved your point what? You have no fuc.king point because you don't know how to read you illiterate fu.ck. Don't try to back pedal your way outa this sh.it now by trying to PRETEND this has something to do with post count or self esteem, I just call it like I see it! I just think it's funny when you little bit.ch nigga Crapple users try to act like Crapples are all big and bad but yet you still have the need to use Windows on your piece of sh.it Crapples.

      Makes perfect sense right?
      Please specify what makes Apple computers a "piece of sh.it". You've made absolutely no logical arguments.

      For the record, people install Windows on their Macs:

      a) Because sometimes their jobs or personal preferences require the use of Windows or Windows-only programs.

      b) Because they are tech-happy geeks that like to have the best of both worlds and always want the latest and greatest.

      c) Because they can. Which is more than you can say.

      Of course, I'm willing to bet the vast majority of Mac owners don't have Windows installed alongside OS X. I'm one of them. I did originally, when I bought my first Mac 3 years ago, but after selling that iMac for a Macbook Pro, I determined I had absolutely no use for Windows. And I still don't.
    1. petterloco1's Avatar
      petterloco1 -
      are you people crazzy fighting against who has a better os or computer guys not even job or gates do this. and actually their the only ones that really have to care about all this they arre making money out that not us lol