5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 27, 2013 12:46 PM by mende1
Sagi_Meiri Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi,

 

We received few Mac mini machines with this spec:

 

- Later 2012

- Server Edition

- Processor i7

- 4GB Ram

- 2x1TB Disks

- OSX 10.8.1

 

 

I tried applying Windows7 32bit and managed to install it using BootCamp.

When tried installing the drivers, Windows could not recognize them (the drives were created using BootCamp assistant).

 

I read about it and found out that Windows7 32bit could not be installed on Later 2012 Mac minis.

 

I have tried to update the Mac OSX version to the latest 10.8.2 (server 2.1.1 ??), after installing the updates I could not even install the Windows 7 32bit,

the system prompts to use only 64bit version.

 

I am trying to find out if this limitation (of using win7 32bit) is related to hardware or software...

 

 

Does anybody know if this is only software related limitations for OSX 10.8.xx ?

If so, is there a way to downgrade the system to 10.7.xx ?


Mac mini, OS X Server
  • 1. Re: Install win7 32bit on mac mini (server) Later 2012
    mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,570 points)

    Welcome to the Apple Support Communities

     

    Late 2012 iMacs and Mac minis can only use 64-bit Windows versions with Boot Camp. That's because hardware limitations: it looks like the hardware of these computers don't work properly with 32-bit versions.

     

    If you bought Windows 7 in a shop, you should have the 64-bit disc, too, so just insert it and run Boot Camp Assistant. However, if you want to use a 32-bit version, the only solution is to install an app like Parallels, VMware Fusion or VirtualBox, and install Windows in a virtual machine. Doing this, its performance will be less

  • 2. Re: Install win7 32bit on mac mini (server) Later 2012
    Sagi_Meiri Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for the quick reply.

     

    I was hoping this is related to SW issue,

    ( since only after updating from 10.8.1 to 10.8.2 - the boot camp prompt for 64bit media requirement! )

     

    Unfortunately, we need it for R&D purposes so cannot use VM / Parallels / VB.

     

     

    Are you certain that this is hardware limitation ???

     

    This is crucial for us to know, since we can try to gap a software issue.

     

     

    Sagi

  • 3. Re: Install win7 32bit on mac mini (server) Later 2012
    mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,570 points)

    There isn't any reason to drop the 32-bit support, so I'm sure it's a hardware limitation. For example, the new iMac has got 8 GB of RAM; if you install a 32-bit Windows version, only 4 GB will be detected.

     

    Apart, you can use the 64-bit version for your uses, because both 32 and 64-bit applications work with a 64-bit operating system. My advices is to install a 64-bit version to get the maximum performance, and to prevent any problem. As it's a hardware limitation, you may have problems

  • 4. Re: Install win7 32bit on mac mini (server) Later 2012
    Sagi_Meiri Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well... I will have no other option than to upgrade to 64bit and hope for no issues,

     

    Gracias.

  • 5. Re: Install win7 32bit on mac mini (server) Later 2012
    mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,570 points)

    You won't be disappointed. You are welcome