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Help. I bought Windows 7 and have a Product Key. I thought I was following instructions to use Boot Camp and my 32gb USB flash drive to install it on my partition. I have a mid-2009 MacBook using El Capitan. I ended up doing a VirtualBox install from a YouTube video.


My job accepts my Mac specs but needs Windows 7 natively, not using a virtual method. Is there a clear step-by-step for this? I have been researching this for a week, and the tutorials always get me lost along the way because they skip steps, or are too technical in their explanation.

MacBook, OS X El Capitan (10.11.3)

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Dec 11, 2017 1:00 PM in response to Todd M. In response to Todd M.

Your 2009 Mac does not support a W7 installation using a USB Flash drive. You must use the built-in Optical drive and a W7 physical DVD. The DVD should be a single product 64-bit DVD. You can burn a DVD from an ISO available at Download Windows 7 Disc Images (ISO Files) .

Dec 11, 2017 1:00 PM

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Dec 12, 2017 9:57 AM in response to Loner T In response to Loner T

And that's exactly what I bought! So, I shouldn't run out and buy this DVD and attempt this. Is there a way to get what I need cheaply before Dec. 27th? I'm building a home office and have other equipment expenses. I really appreciate your help and information.

Dec 12, 2017 9:57 AM

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Dec 12, 2017 10:07 AM in response to Todd M. In response to Todd M.

If you already have a blank DVD, there is no need to buy more. Download the W7 ISO and you can burn it to the DVD, by right-clicking on the ISO file, selecting Burn, expanding the Burn dialog box, and enabling the Verify and Mount options and using the lowest possible burn rate supported by the media to avoid block errors.

Dec 12, 2017 10:07 AM

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Jan 2, 2018 7:25 PM in response to Loner T In response to Loner T

Audio does work on the macOS side, but I've since given up on the BC operation. The remote job I was going to do I've decided not to pursue. Now, I'd simply like to put my Mac back to normal. No more spinning wheels, stalling, or crashing apps. I attempted to erase the Windows 7 disk or reduce it from 65gb, now I'm showing a restore disk. I used Disk Utility and I have three volumes instead of two. How do I fix this?

Jan 2, 2018 7:25 PM

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