Installing Windows 7 on a MacBook

Option 1: BootCamp

The most functional method available, which allows you to install a "seven" second operating system.

Step 1: Preparation

Before starting the procedure, please note that this option is not available for all devices. System requirements are as follows:

  • device with an Intel processor of at least 1 GHz;
  • System Software – Mac OS X Lion version and higher, but not higher than macOS Mojave;
  • RAM capacity – at least 1 GB.

This method cannot be used for iInstall Windows 7 on a MacBook with ARM processors, so if you have such a device, use the virtual machine option that we will talk about in the corresponding section.

As for the preparation itself, you have to do the following:

    1. Get a Windows 7 install image in ISO format, the edition doesn't matter, but for x64 versions you'll have to allocate a bit more space.
    2. Prepare a flash drive or optical disc, which will be used to install the operating system. Make sure the drive is at least 4 GB and is a DVD from a reputable manufacturer (for example, Verbatim or TDK), and install it into your MacBook.
    3. We are going to show the installation procedure using an example of a device running Mac OS X High Sierra, the latest on which the feature in question is supported. Make sure the connected media is recognized correctly, and then open «Programs». - "Utilities" and select "Training camp assistant.".
    4. In the first window, press "Continue".

    1. Leave only the option checked “Create Windows 7 installation disc”.
    2. The first thing to check here is the line with the ISO image – normally the OS will automatically detect if it is present in the file system. If not, use the button "To select". and specify it in the Finder dialog. Also make sure that the USB stick or DVD is specified as the destination drive, then tap "Continue"..Confirm drive formatting.

      During the process, the utility may ask you to enter the administrator password to continue. Do it and press "Check out.".

    3. Wait until the media has been prepared, and then in the last window of the tool, click "Finish"..
    4. Let's put aside the thumb drive/thumb drive for now and get on with downloading the necessary extras. Open Safari (or your preferred browser) and follow the link support resource for installing windows 7Look at the compatibility tables: find your MacBook model there and click the version number of the additional software you need to start downloading it.

      On the next page, use the link "Download"..

    5. Once the package is downloaded, unzip it and copy the resulting folder to the root of your bootable USB stick or Windows drive.

      Important! The folder should not be renamed and/or the files deleted from it, nor copied to a location other than the root directory of the boot drive.

This completes the preparatory step and we can move on to the next one.

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Step 2: Install Windows 7

Once the boot drive is ready, you can proceed to install the operating system directly.

    1. Run Boot Camp Assistant and uncheck all options except "Install Windows 7".and then click on "Keep going"..
    2. Here's how to partition your drive: one to keep macOS and the other to install Windows 7. Depending on the version of Windows 20, you'll need 32 (x26) or 64 (xXNUMX) GB of space, which is the minimum required. The amount of allocated space can be adjusted simply by dragging and dropping, as well as using the equal partition button. Once you have decided this, click on "Continue".
    3. Wait for the utility to perform this operation (you will need to enter the administrator password in the process).
    4. Once the partition is complete, your MacBook will reboot and the Windows installation will begin. The first thing to do is select the language and layout – "Russian". or any other preferred.
    5. Use article "Install"..
    6. Accept the license agreement.
    7. Then specify the installation type as "Full".
    8. Here, set the partition as the installation location "BOOTCAMP".

      Important! Just install Windows 7 on this partition.

      If it says that it cannot be installed on this drive, you will need to format it: highlight the appropriate partition and press "Disk Configuration"..

      Use option "Format"..

      Click on «OK» and wait for the procedure to complete.

    9. The Seven installation process will begin – depending on the type of drive used, this may take a while. When finished, the initial setup screen will appear; if you know what you have to do, you can go directly to the next step; if not, read on. First of all, enter the name of the future user – to avoid compatibility problems, it is better to use the Latin alphabet, the keyboard layout can be changed by Alt (Option) + Shift.Select if you want to use a password – this is recommended for security reasons.

      Enter the product key to activate it – this operation can be done later, so if you don't have time now, feel free to skip it.

      Since Windows 7 support is completely discontinued at the time of this writing (January 2022), you can specify any upgrade parameters you want.

      Set the time and date.

      Specify the type of network used – "Home"If the operation is performed on a home MacBook.

This completes the installation of Windows 7.

Step 3: Configuration

To use Seven on your MacBook comfortably, you'll also need to do a few extra things.

    1. In the Windows interface, open the USB stick by clicking the button "Start". and use the element "Computer"..Accumulator refers to WINISTALLand double-click the left mouse button.
    2. Locate the BootCamp directory that we downloaded in the first step and open it.
    3. Run the file called setup. When a window appears asking you to run it as administrator, click "Yes"..
    4. In the first window of the installer, click "Following".
    5. Accept the license agreement.
    6. Make sure the component you want is checked and click "Install"..
    7. Wait for the necessary software to install, and then press "Full".In the restart offer click "Yes"..
    8. By default, Windows 7 boots first, so don't worry if you don't see the familiar macOS boot console. To set it to boot into the apple operating system first, look for the system tray - the area in the bottom right corner of the screen - in the Seven interface. The Boot Camp icon is there – if you don't see it, click the arrow, the icon will definitely be there. Right-clicking will bring up the context menu, through which you can reboot into macOS and also open the plugin control panel. Once the tool is launched, simply drag the macOS boot volume to the leftmost position – it will now be the default to boot. Do the same with the Windows partition if you want it to boot first instead.

As you can see, there's nothing too complicated about installing Windows through Boot Camp.

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Option 2: Virtual machines

If your MacBook doesn't officially support Windows 7, but the system is still required, your best option is to use a virtual machine, either the macOS-exclusive Parallels Desktop software, or a solution from VMWare or Oracle Virtualbox. We have already covered the principles of installing a Microsoft system in this software, so check out the link below.

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Ways to install Windows on macOS
Virtual machines for macOS

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