7 Replies Latest reply: Jan 4, 2010 1:28 PM by squipple
sackboy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi all, and happy new year.

I just bought windows 7 professional to install it in my mid 2009 13" Macbook Pro. I am just waiting for the bootcamp updated promised by the end of the year.

I just wanted to know if installing W7 using bootcamp, does windows run as if it were in a PC, or if it runs slower/faster/worse/better in a Mac? i was just wondering if bootcamp affects the preformance in windows in any way, or the mac?

Thank you very much

Macbook Pro 13 " 2.53GHz 500GB HDD (Mid 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • 1. Re: Windows 7 running on bootcamp?
    Side_Step_Society Level 2 Level 2 (310 points)
    Windows 7 will work without the promise Boot Camp update just fine. All Boot Camp for Windows does is install drivers, and in Mac, it just partitions the disk for you. It really doesn't do anything special.

    Installing Windows 7 on your Mac would be no different than installing it on a regular PC.
  • 2. Re: Windows 7 running on bootcamp?
    donv (The Ghost) Level 5 Level 5 (4,600 points)
    sackboy wrote:
    I just wanted to know if installing W7 using bootcamp, does windows run as if it were in a PC, or if it runs slower/faster/worse/better in a Mac? i was just wondering if bootcamp affects the preformance in windows in any way, or the mac?
    Thank you very much

    For the most part, Win7 runs as if on a PC. My performance is better, but, of course, my MBP is more "powerful" than my PC laptops. Beyond what was available via Boot Camp, I only needed to update my NVIDIA driver to get the NVIDIA control panel and so I could run the WEI.
  • 3. Re: Windows 7 running on bootcamp?
    synergy2000 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I believe that the Windows 7 will work on Mac alright. The real question is whether the bootcamp has apropriate Windows 7 drivers for the 27" iMac Apple keyboard's function keys and the Apple mouse's double click & slide, Displayport functionalities, etc.
  • 4. Re: Windows 7 running on bootcamp?
    RhinoCom Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi all, I have a pre-unibody MacBook Pro 3,1 running SL version 10.6.2. I am having trouble installing Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. I did a clean install of Snow Leopard. I ran all the software updates. I deleted the programs I don't need on the OS X side such as Mail, iChat, etc. that I won't need to use as I plan to use this particular notebook of mine to run Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. I ran Boot Camp Assistant. It is version 3.0.1. I made a Boot Camp Partition using Boot Camp Assistant and then tried to use Boot Camp to install Windows. However, then the problem started. After hitting the Start Windows Installation button and inserting the Windows disc I get a black screen with the the numerals "1. and 2." on it underneath is the phrase "Select CD-ROM Boot Type:" with a blinking cursor. No matter what key I hit it does not produce any reaction. I have had to hold down the power button to start over. What do you recommend to install Windows 7 Pro 64-bit? Thanks!
  • 5. Re: Windows 7 running on bootcamp?
    The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,880 points)
    You have EFI for 32-bit, Apple started using EFI 64-bit in 2008, to support 64-bit Vista SP1 and later (including 7).

    You can modify the DVD, which may require installing Windows in a VM first; or, not having 4GB or more RAM you need to use, go with 32-bit.

    If you Google for that "Select..." and plug in "Mac" there are threads; sites; FAQs on how to work around.

    But this is why the list of supported Macs for Windows 7 excludes Apple's idea of "officially" supported (why it includes 32-bit must be marketing decision).

    http://sergiomcfly.blogspot.com/2008/04/select-cd-rom-boot-type-when-installing. html

    http://jowie.com/post/2008/02/Select-CD-ROM-Boot-Type--prompt-while-trying-to-bo ot-from-Vista-x64-DVD-burnt-from-iso-file.aspx
  • 6. Re: Windows 7 running on bootcamp?
    JDThree Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    Also, for people with the newer MBP's, there may be issues with the sound drivers - on the 15 and 13" MBP's I have (both purchased july/aug of 2009) the sound was nearly nonexistent even at full blast with the drivers provided by boot camp. But if you search this forum (or just google it) you'll find several sites with drivers people modified (specially for the 64 bit windows 7) to allow it to be updated and work better. Still not as good as the sound when in OS X, but at least usable then...

    Other than that, as another poster stated to right to nvidia to get the right video driver, and boot camp has been running fine for me with Win7 64 bit...
  • 7. Re: Windows 7 running on bootcamp?
    squipple Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am also awaiting this promised-by-end-of-year-2009 support, because although my sound and wireless works fine in Win7 on my new (Oct 09) MBP 15" (the two things people normally have issues with), my NVIDIA Ethernet drivers are VERY sketchy. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, and sometimes it just drops out completely (loss of connection) while I'm using it. Anyone else experiencing problems with their NVIDIA Ethernet?