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Can I install Windows 7 64 on this laptop and everything work properly? Id like to just have W7 and nothing else.
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Yes, it's actually very easy. Follow this simple guide, basically all you need to do is boot initially using the Mac disk and repartition the drive as MBR. This might not actually be necessary, but I'm not sure. Older Windows systems can't read GPT. Then install Windows normally using the entire drive. After everything is through, get the Bootcamp software from Apple and that will contain the drivers that Windows didn't find by itself.

http://derekhat.com/install-vista-on-a-macbook-without-bootcamp/
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Thats what I wanted to hear.


Thanks a ton. I'm going to go ahead and buy it.
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I screwed it up.

I have Windows 7 64 installed but no drivers. No ethernet. No wifi.

I have a 10.6.3 dvd but it stops at the Apple. I used it before and it worked on an iMac.
Edited by BIGGUN - 4/30/11 at 1:55pm
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I did some research. I think the reason the 10.6.3 wont work is because the MBP is too new and it doesnt recognize the cpu. I have an early 2011 MBP 2635qm processor. Does this sound right?
Edited by BIGGUN - 5/2/11 at 5:34am
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Yeah a 10.6.3 disc is too old, you probably need 10.6.6 or 10.6.7 (which the installation disc that came with your MBP includes). You should be able to get the Windows drivers off the OS X installation disc that came with it.
Edited by meb91 - 5/1/11 at 11:42pm
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I would recommend using bootcamp if I were you. Less headaches with drivers and they get updated every so often. But yeah, you should use the OSX disc that came with it.
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I bought it used and didn't get the dvds that shipped with the unit. I ordered a dvd from Apple last night and I'm hoping to get it back up and running.
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post #9 of 24
Win7 also supports GPT as well btw.
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If you can download Bootcamp on your desktop computer and just transfer it to the MBP with a USB stick or DVD you'll be fine smile.gif
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