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Hey guys, John Retinger here. Today, I’m going to show you how to download and install Windows 7 on your Intel-Based Mac.
So, before we get started you’re going to need a few things. You’re going to need a USB mouse, you’re going to need a USB keyboard, wireless, Bluetooth won’t work, wireless will work, you’ve got USB dumbbell that attaches to your computer. You’re going to need your initial Mac install disk that came with your Intel-based Mac. This will only work with Intel-based Mac. You’re going to need a blank DVD. You’re going to need a copy of Windows 7 which I’ll show you how to get. You’re going to need to be running OS X Lepard. That’s really it. You’re going to have some hard drive space available in your computer. Rather than that, installing is actually very easy via boot camp. So, stick around and I will show you guys step by step how to do it. Hope you enjoy. Bye-bye.
All right guys, so before we get started, you’re going to need to download Windows 7 release—which is actually a free download. It’s a great way to have Windows on your computer for free and run it well in 2010 before you’re forced to upgrade it. So, you’re going to have to go to Microsoft.com\Windows\Windows.7\download.asps and I’ll put this link on the side bar so no need to worry. Now, scroll down to where it says download.
Now, your Mac is capable of fully writing the 64-bit version, however the drivers that come with your computer don’t have full support for 64-bit Windows. So, while you can’t find patches to run 64, I think downloading the 32-bit version just makes life easier for you.
Now, go ahead and select English and it go. And they’ll be prompted to answer a few questions and log in with the Windows live ID. If you don’t have that, not a problem, it’ll prompt you to sign up for one. You’ll get an email link, you’ll click and you’ll be prompted to download Windows 7. Make sure you write down the serial number though, that you’ll have on your download screen and that is it. It’ll burn in an iso format that will look just like this. It’ll say seven one something, a whole bunch of numbers .iso. So, make sure you have that. So guys, that is step one.
All right guys, so now that we have downloaded Windows 7, you’re going to need to burn that to a disk that your computer can read and install, a bootable disk. This is actually very easy with OS X. You’ll go to your applications or whatever you might have then, go to utilities, we’ll go to disk utilities, disk utility rather, open that up. You’ll go to file, open disk image. You’ll find the iso file that you just downloaded and you’ll hit open. Give it a second. And now that iso image shows up right down here, you go ahead and select it and you’ll just hit burn. And that’s it. I will say, put in a DVD, you hit burn, give it five, ten minutes, how long it takes your super drive to do it. You burn it and you’re good to go. While it’s burning I recommend writing down the serial number that you got while you were installing.
All right guys, so now that we’ve downloaded and burnt the iso image of Windows 7, we’re now ready to partition our computer for install. And I should mention before you do this, make sure you have your computer backed up, to the backup method of your choice. I use time machine and I just did a full backup just to make sure and to protect myself incase something should happen. So again, we’ll go to application and utilities. This time though we’re going to go boot camp, scroll down, boot camp assistant, open it up and it gives you an introduction. You may want to actually print this installation set up guide.
Go ahead and continue and you’ve got the choice to set up your partition as big as you want. You can drag it to as big as 400 gigabytes. I’m probably going to carve of say 16 gig sound decent.
All right guys, unfortunately we’ve had to go handy cam. I can’t record my screening anymore since we are about to go off of Mac and start the Windows installation. So, once you are done partitioning. You’re going to want to hit start installation and make sure your DVD that we burnt in the previous steps already put into your disk drive. And I should mention that now is a great time to make sure you have a full backup of your computer. Unexpecting of any problems but it’s always a good idea to have a backup using a method of your choice. I personally use time machine.
So, let’s start installation. Your computer will shut down and restart in Windows which actually is very cool. And then you’ll be greeted by Windows loading file. You guys can see me in the reflection there. You have a status bar that will move across the screen. At this point, you do not have to touch anything, this is all automated. And then you’ll get a starting Windows logo with the Windows mobile rainbow pulsating in the middle. And I’ll leave this here in real time so you guys can see what this will look like.
Now, make sure you plug in your external keyboard and mouse if you’re using a desktop. If you’re using a laptop, you’re not going to have to do that. So, we’re going to want to go and select your language, time, and currency and your keyboard input method. I’ll go ahead hit next. Hit install now, it’s going to start your set up and then you’re going to have a whole bunch of drives you can choose from to install on and this step can be a little bit tricky so make sure you pay close attention.
One thing that I really do love about Mac is the ability to run both natively. Sometimes you need Windows and time just want to play around in Windows, I like the ability to have it. Although the times that I have to go to Windows a few and far between, I is kind of fun just to play around and explore. You can have both should you need it. So, you’ve got your terms, I’m going to go ahead and give you the read. Go hit next, now here is why I’m paying close attention, if you have already have a version of Windows and solve via boot camp, you would want to hit upgrade, if you don’t have a version installed, like me, you’re going to want to hit custom. So, we’ll do that and now you really want to make sure that you choose the right partition.
We have quite a mess of these partitions here. So you’ll have one that’s very clearly labeled boot camp, it says boot camp right there. Now, you’ll notice that this next button is grayed out, I can’t click it. So, I want to hit drive options and I want to hit format. And this will format it for ntfs. None that you guys got to know but just know you got to hit format and make sure your boot camp partition is selected. You can check the gigabyte size next to it to make sure it’s close to what you initially partitioned to that. This one right here is 280 gigs so I know that’s my main hard drive, I don’t want to partition that. Okay, and we’ll go ahead and hit format. Partition may contain recovery files, it will be lost if you want to go ahead and continue. We want to go ahead and hit OK.
And now it’s going to go ahead and format. It’s going to continue to guide us through the installation process. This may take a few minutes or in this case it was very quick, that’s all formatted. Now, this next button can be selected. And again, make sure that you are selecting the right one before you proceed. So, we’ll hit next and this is going to guide us through the rest of the installation process. And right here is pretty standard Windows, it’s going to copy your files, it’s going to expand the Windows files, install features, installing updates and completing installation.
At this point, you don’t have to sit here and watch unless you’re curious, but you can see the percentage right there and that will change as you go through. So, I’m going to go and turn the camera off and let the installation continue and the next time it requires any sort of user prompts, put the camera back on so you guys could be able to follow along.
All right guys, so about 20 minutes has passed and I haven’t have a touch anything and now I have a note in my screen, it says set up is checking you video performance and getting ready for first boot. Here is Windows 7 Ultimate and here is when you have to enter your computer name and necessary processes. Let’s go ahead and do that.
All right guys, now you have the option for installing important updates, you can install all of them, only the vital ones, I will ask me later. Go ahead and put in any date and time, currently it’s 05:43 in California on May 13th, today is actually my mom’s birthday and I’ve got to meet my parents after I finish filming this. Go ahead and hit next and then go ahead and put in your network settings. So, I just typed in my network password and this computer is connected to a network, Windows automatically apply the correct network settings based on a network’s location. If you’re not sure use a public network. So, this is a home network, connect it to my network and apply in my settings. Its actually a very quick and painless process. I’m ultimately impressed this far with the Windows 7 installation. So, let’s see what happens here, if it connects.
Finalizing my settings, Windows 7 ultimate. Get my welcome screen and we should have Windows just about installed but we’re not done yet in getting this to work. There is still one very important step left. Right now its preparing the desktop, let me see how long this takes and that’s it. I now have Windows 7 running on my computer but we’re not done yet. We need to eject the install disk and unfortunately my wireless keyboard doesn’t work yet, so that’s eject button right here, it doesn’t do anything.
This isn’t going to be a demo Windows seven when you install you can play with it yourself. Go ahead and hit the start menu, we’ll go to computer and we’ll find the CD drive right there, we’ll right click and we want to hit eject.
All right, you take that disk out, we’re not going to need that again but now we are going to need the install disks that came with your Mac. So, I’ll go ahead and take it out here and I’ve got IMac OS X disk install disk number one. So, this has all the necessary Windows drivers on it and the same Vista drives that work for Windows 7 so this should be nice and simple. Again, put that in and this will what Bluetooth work. It’ll just make all the drivers in the computer function properly.
It’ll recognize it in just a moment and we want to run setup.exe and I generally recommend .exe in this since this is directed from Apple it’s OK. Program named boot camp from Apple ink. We’re going to go ahead and hit yes and allow the computer to make changes. Preparing to install and it’s going to go ahead and install the drivers, I’ll show you guys what that looks like very quickly and I’ll turn the camera on so you don’t have to be bored sitting there watching.
This program has no compatibility issues that okay, run program. Welcome to boot camp installer. Be guided to the steps necessary with cellphone came. That’s great, hit next, we’ll accept, hit next again, and hit install. Preparing to install. Now, it’s going through install all the drives, and you’ll see down here that it’ll say what it’s installing as you go through and do this on your own. I’m not going to make you guys sit here and watch all this.
All right guys, so it’s about six minutes and one restart later. All my drivers had been installed and it’s kind of cool as you’re installing you see how these new things show up right here. So now the sound works, the eyesight camera works, Bluetooth will work really anything will work which is very nice. Now, there is one last step that you guys need to do.
First you need to eject the disk using the same method we did before going to control panels, selecting your drive, and eject but your computer by default is going to boot into Windows now—if you hold down the option key, you can select the operating system you boot into. But if you want to set it to boot into Mac by default which most of you probably do, let me show you how to do that. Go to control panel, hit system and security. Then at the bottom you’ll see one now that now says boot camp. You’re going to want to go and select boot camp and pulls up then you want to allow the computer, yes we do, select the system you want to use to start your computer and I want to boot into Macintosh hard drive and hit OK.
And that’s it guys, you are now good, you’ve got a full native version of Windows 7 running on your computer, you can use it for games, whatever you want, it will work just as well as any other dedicated PC, I’d even say even better and your good to go. Hope you enjoyed and share the word, share Windows, and if you like it leave a comment down below. What you think about Windows 7, was the installation easy for you? Are these directions helpful? Are you even going to use Windows seven after you install? For exclusive contents guys, be sure to follow me on Twitter, Twitter.com\john4lakers. I’ll see you on the next video, Bye.