2 Replies Latest reply: Aug 16, 2012 5:54 AM by BobTheFisherman
Harvey Scherr Level 1 (10 points)

According to Apple, these are the computer models that can only install Widows 7; I am running an early 2009 iMac. Apple sent the following article to me; my computer is not listed, but when I attempt to use BootCamp to install Windows Vista, I am only give the choice of installing Windows 7 driver, and installing Windows 7. I tried installing Viata, but my serial number was rejected. This is a factory purchased disk, and was installed on my iMac before I installed Lion and then Mountain Lion. Anyone else had the problem? Here is the article sent to me by Apple support. I have the correct firmware installed.


Boot Camp: Some computers require Microsoft Windows 7


A  32-bit or 64-bit (full version) of Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, or Windows 7 Ultimate are the only versions of Windows supported on the MacBook Air (Late 2010) and later, MacBook Pro (Early 2011) and later, iMac (Mid 2011), and Mac mini (Mid 2011) computers.




iMac (20-inch Early 2009), OS X Mountain Lion, connected through airport extreme
  • xiongguoy Level 1 (0 points)

    the Boot Camp version that is compatible with XP and Vista on an iMac 2009 is in the DVD that came with your iMac 2009. After installing Vista, just insert the DVD that came with your iMac, then the Vista compatible version of Boot Camp that is in that DVD will run. After the installation (and possibly a restart), run Apple Software Update, that should update Boot Camp to the last Vista compatible version for your iMac 2009.

  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 (13,484 points)

    XP and Vista will not run if you are using Mountain Lion. There are np Mountain Lion drivers for XP or Vista.