Want to manage a dual-boot MacOS X and Windows 7/Vista on your Mac? Bootcamp, a basic built-in Apple utility is THE solution to this problem.
N.B. : to install Boot Camp in 64-bit version, look for x64 drivers on MacOS X DVD. On the executable, right-click and then detect compatibility issues. The verification process completed, click the Start Program button. Bootcamp 64 bits can now install properly.
Creating a Windows partition
We go first, create a partition that will be dedicated to Microsoft’s Windows operating system. Boot Camp supports all versions of Windows: XP, Vista and 7.
For our tutorial, we will use Windows 7 Pro in 32-bit version, with 64-bit being more or less well supported.
From Spotlight, search Boot Camp Assistant. The first introductory screen allows you to print the Installation and Configuration Guide.
That said, the method is hardly very complicated but free to have it on paper. If not, do Continue.
Let’s now set a partition for Windows. Presets are available but I advise you to use the junction point to vary the size of the 2 partitions.
If you're planning to make games — which is definitely one of the reasons for installing Windows on your Mac, plan for at least 120 GB.
In my situation, I opted for 170 GB depending on the weight of the games I use.
When you're ready, click on Partitioning.
We are now ready for Windows installation. Insert the installation DVD and click on the button Start the installation.
You can also choose to install Windows later, when your schedule will allow you to.
At that moment, do Leave and install later. Then, restart the Boot Camp wizard and tick Start Windows Installer and do Continue.
Installing Windows 7
The rest is nothing exceptional. This is a Windows installation, all that is more classic so. I invite you to watch the installation video for Windows 7 that will guide you step by step.
Installation of Boot Camp drivers
Once connected to your session, there is one last step left: install Boot Camp drivers that are specially dedicated for Windows. So don‘t try to delete them to add new ones — I’m thinking about the graphical driver. You might make your system very unstable — I've already paid for it.
However, Boot Camp is regularly updated and therefore its various drivers. The current version thus handles Windows 7.
To enjoy it, insert the MacOS X Snow Leopard DVD and then run setup.exe.
Then choose the third module, Boot Camp Drivers.
Wait a few moments. You will be asked to restart the system, do it and then run Apple Software Update via the start menu.
You should normally receive an update from Boot Camp allowing you to read and copy content from your HFS (MacOS X) partition.
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Well done! You now have a Mac that can run both Windows and MacOS X. Free to juggle between these two ultimate worlds...