11 Replies Latest reply: May 26, 2011 5:23 AM by abubasim66
Harry CJ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi. Sorry if this is the wrong category, there isn't one for keyboards. Anyway.

 

I'm planning to buy an Apple wired keyboard for my Windows 7 PC. i wanted to make sure if all the keys will wrk. I mean, will the multimedia keys, assignable function keys work? And what extra drivers would I need to download, and where will I find those drivers? I was told that the drivers can be installed from a Mac OS X install disc, but since I don't have a Mac (yet) so I don't have an install disc. How am I going to get the drivers which will enable full functionality of my new Apple Wired Keyboard?

 

Thanks in advance. I'll be thankful for an explained answer to my question. Thanks.

 

Apple Wired Keyboard (with Numeric Keypad) - http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB110LL/A


Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, Windows 7
  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (46,145 points)

    It's only USB keyboard so it will work for basic functions. Keyboards are pretty dumb which means there really isn't any way for us to tell if they will work on a PC. How keyboards are mapped is part of the OS  which means Windows  7 would be the primary control. As far as the drivers working from an OS X disc again there is no way for us to tell. My suggestion is either buy a Mac (even a Mac Mini) which you can use to legally run OS X and Windows 7 on or abandon the idea of using an Apple keyboard to control a PC as simply not being worth the hassle.

     

    Roger

  • Harry CJ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the reply. So what you mean is that there is no guarantee at all whether the multimedia keys will work in Windows 7 natively, or even after installing the required drivers (boot camp drivers, as far as I know through the research I've done). Right?

  • Thefantastickone Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Dear Harry,

    Am using the apple wired keyboard right now, on my vaio z series ( windows 7 professional ) at first I though that it wont work, I took the risk, good for me it worked basic keys like mumped and letters, same for the alt, shift and the ctrl.

    F1's......F12 works too as it works on you laptop of computer. page up and down work's, simply the only thing that wont work is the battery sign and the volume as shown in the keyboard (apple shortcuts).

    have fun we you but it, have to say better than any PC keyboard.

     

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  • Harry CJ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi. Its good to hear from someone experienced. I agree, this keyboard is better than others.

    So all I want to know is:

    1. Do the volume keys work? (You said they don't work)

    2. Do the multimedia keys work?

  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (46,145 points)

    Harry CJ wrote:

     

    Thanks for the reply. So what you mean is that there is no guarantee at all whether the multimedia keys will work in Windows 7 natively, or even after installing the required drivers (boot camp drivers, as far as I know through the research I've done). Right?

     

    Right!

  • Thefantastickone Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Dear harry,

    sadly

    1. no

    2. no

  • Harry CJ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Quite shocking indeed. One last question. Have you tried installing Bootcamp drivers?

    (I'm guessing NO...)

  • Harry CJ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Now I'm going to post a link which might get me banned from these forums (insanelymac forums). But hey, since people haven't tried it, I'm just linking to a resource that is a tested one:

    http://goo.gl/OTiYt

     

    I would REALLY appreciate if someone has windows 7, can try intalling bootcamp drivers, and has an Apple keyboard, and please post the results. That would be really awesome.

  • abubasim66 Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    I have installed Windows 7 64-bit on my iMac, with the internal disk formatted as an MBR disk with NTFS, i.e. without OS X. With this the extra functions on the F-keys on my wired Apple keyboard works only after installing the Bootcamp drivers.

     

    I haven't tried connecting the keyboard to a non-Apple computer and I haven't tried installing the Bootcamp drivers on such a machine either.

  • Thefantastickone Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Dear Harry,

    No I never tired Bootcamp, however I went to the website and tired downloading the link that was in it, but it did not work. An error message popup saying apple keyboard not found??????

  • abubasim66 Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    You have to get Bootcamp from your OS X install disc. The downloads available online are only updates.