The latest MAC computers or laptops have managed to draw us even just by design. But there are customers who, until now, were proud owners of other brands of notebooks. There are many potential MAC buyers who want, almost immediately after purchase, to install Windows OS on their Apple computer.
For a trouble-free installation, you need a Windows 7 DVD and an USB stick with OS X that came with your system. The stick is required when you will install the drivers. If you own a MacBook Air, you will need an optical drive with USB connection – unfortunately with a remote optical drive you can not install Windows, the only reliable method is to install a version of OS X.
The first step is to start the Boot Camp Assistant utility from Applications Utilities. On the first page you will see that this tool is dedicated to optimizing the installation process for Windows XP and Windows Vista in addition to OS X. It is noteworthy that, although not listed, you can also install Windows 7 without any problems.
After you have read through the first page of the installation wizard, you have few options to choose from: you can create or modify the partition that you intend to use to install a Microsoft operating system. You can also jump to the installation, if you have turned to another utility for creating partitions. If you choose to create a fresh partition for Windows 7, you’ll be greeted by an intuitive interface with a slider that you can move horizontally and define how much space you want to be allocated for the Windows 7 partition.
The next step is to insert the Windows 7 disk. In order to start the installation, you have to click the Start Installation button. At this stage, your disk is checked and the system is restarted. After a few seconds, the Windows 7 installation is started.
In fact, Boot Camp, emulate for a few seconds, a BIOS instead of EFI (Extensible Firmware Interface), a condition necessary for the operating system OS X 10.4 (Tiger) to run on such platform.
After this stage, the operating system runs without any problems or difference from the way you were used to. Remember that you want to install an operating system, not to fix one. That’s why you have to click on the option that involves installing a “clean” operating system, not an upgrade. At the next screen, it remains only to choose the partition called Bootcamp, and confirm your choice with Next.
After you have managed to access the Windows 7 interface for the first time, Apple suggests to introduce OS X installation disc to install Boot Camp. This is strange, because the eject button is on the keyboard and will not work (because you don’t have the drivers installed). The only option is to open a Windows Explorer window, right-click and select Eject.
If you prefer to manually install newer drivers from the internet, you still need to install Boot Camp utility. Without this application, you can’t boot into the OS X, and you will not be able to access the data on MAC partition. Also, BOOT CAMP let you access all the content from the HFS partition. This is nice if you want to listen to music that you have on your MAC OS system.
If you want to install the latest Boot Camp, with the newest drivers for your system, you must go to Apple website. Be sure to download the version coresponding to your system (32 or 64 bits). If you want to go back to OS X, right click BootCamp icon near the Windows clock and choos “Restart in OS X”.