Windows 7 on the Apple Macbook pro

How to install Windows 7 on the Apple Macbook Pro

Requirements and Information Before Installing

If you are a Mac user who needs a PC for home, work, or any reason at all, you can easily install Windows 7 on your Mac OS using Boot Camp Assistant. By doing this, you will be able to boot your Mac with the the Mac OS or Windows


Requirements:

  • Firmware updates installed on the Mac
  • A Windows 7 installation disk with a Product ID
  • A Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Mac OS X Lion Installation DVD
  • A copy of Boot Camp version 3.3 (4.0 for Mac OS X Lion)

Steps to Install Windows 7

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1. Open Finder and navigate to Applications --> Utilities and double-click Boot Camp Assistant.


2. Click Continue on the next window


3. Set the partition size for the Windows installation. This determines the amount of space dedicated to Windows 7. Click the small divider between Mac OS X and Windows, and drag it to the left in order to change the partition size

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4. You can click on the Divide Equally button to divide the partitions equally from Mac and Windows. Once you’ve determined how much space you want to dedicate to Windows 7, click the Partition button


5. Once the partition is created, you will have a new BOOTCAMP drive icon on your desktop.

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6. Now, insert the Windows 7 DVD and click the Start Installation button


7. Your Mac will restart and boot to the Windows 7 DVD. A window will open asking which partition you want to install Windows on. Select the partition labeled BOOTCAMP. Then, click Drive options (advanced).

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8. With the BOOTCAMP disk still selected, click Format.


9. Click OK when notified that files will be lost.


10. Windows 7 will now install and during the installation, your system will reboot and when this happens you must remove the Windows 7 DVD

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You are now done with the installation of Windows. To boot up with Windows 7, press ALT when you boot up your Mac
Install Windows 7 on a Mac Using Boot Camp Assistant (Mac OSX 10.8)

Preventative Maintenance Plan

In order to insure your computer continues to operate efficiently for a long time, it is recommended that you establish a Preventative Maintenance Plan in order to stop problems from even occurring rather then just waiting to fix them.
Creating a Preventative Maintenance Plan is essentially creating a checklist of things that have to be done. Some of these things can be set to be done automatically while others require manual labor.


An example of a Preventative Maintenance Plan would be


  1. Scan for viruses (weekly)
  2. Back up data (weekly)
  3. Scan hard disk file systems for errors (weekly)
  4. Scan hard disk read errors (weekly)
  5. Clean mouse (monthly)
  6. Update anti-virus (monthly)
  7. Check for full hard disk volumes and remove unnecessary files (monthly)
  8. Clean computer case (annually)
  9. Clean monitor (annually)
  10. Clean keyboard (annually)

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