Currently Being ModeratedOct 30, 2012 8:06 PM (in response to Raziel1)
Well, let me answer the question in two parts...
I have tried to downoad this Windows Support sotware off bootcamp to a USB key but I receive a message saying the is not available from the Software Update server (this has been going on for 2 days now).
That option of USB driver download only works with Macs that were sold after July 20th, 2011; the day OS X Lion was released and Apple stopped shipping the OS Recovery and Application DVDs with the systems. In your case you should get your Bootcamp drivers from the Snow Leopard Retail install DVD or the OS X intall discs that came bundled with your computer. Then, ensure that your Bootcamp drivers are up to date by downloading the following updates.
- Bootcamp 3.1 Update - 32-bit version or 64-bit version
- Bootcamp 3.2 Update - 32-bit version or 64-bit version
- Bootcamp 3.3 Update (works on both Windows 32 or 64-bit versions)
Secondly, will my original Win 7 disc work? Or do I also need to make changes to the files to allow my Mac to boot from it?
From my experience with the new Bootcamp process introduced since OS X Lion, there aren't any major changes since Bootcamp 3.0 which shipped with Snow Leopard. Everything should work as expected, off course you can always get the latest information pertaining to Bootcamp by visiting the Apple Bootcamp Support Page below.
And see the lastest installation guide here:
I hope this information helps you with your question...
Currently Being ModeratedOct 31, 2012 6:05 AM (in response to Raziel1)
In addition to what you've already been told, I will add a little more. Although your MacBook Pro has a 64 bit processor, it only has a 32 bit EFI, so your machine will not support 64 bit Windows 7, you will have to use 32 bit WIndows on your MBP.
I have a late 2007 MacBook Pro and I have had no problems installing and using 32 bit Windows 7 on it using Boot Camp (with Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, & Lion).
Currently Being ModeratedNov 1, 2012 3:27 PM (in response to vea1083)
Just to clarify, are you saying to use Boot Camp that;s bundled with lion, and when I finish installing WIn 7 use those links you gave me to update the drivers?
Currently Being ModeratedNov 1, 2012 3:28 PM (in response to GeekBoy.from.Illinois)
I am able to use a 64 bit Windows - you need to make some changes in the ISO file then re-burn it and it will will my 32 bit EFI machine to boot from it.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 1, 2012 3:41 PM (in response to Raziel1)
No, I am saying that you need to get your Bootcamp drivers from the Apple supplied OS X install DVD that came with your computer or from the retail OS X Snow Leopard upgrade DVD. You will insert one (preferably the OS X Snow Leopard upgrade DVD) of those DVDs when you are in Windows 7 and you should see the Bootcamp driver installer wizard appearing on screen.
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