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  • I have an iMac with OSX 10.5 (Leopard) and Vista 64-bit on a separate partition using bootcamp. I'd like to upgrade my Vista to Windows 7 64-bit. From what I have read on the Apple website it looks like I may need to upgrade to OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard) before I do this. However this only seems relevant to fresh installs, not upgrades. So basically my question is; can I upgrade to Windows 7 using my current setup or do I have to fork over more money for Snow Leopard before I do anything? 

    Thanks peeps.

    Jake

    Thursday, April 1, 2010 1:34 PM

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  • Just to clarify...the statement above which is on the Apple support website is relevant for new installations. I took a chance and just upgraded to windows 7 with my current setup and it works fine (so far!).

     

    Jake

    • Marked as answer by Dale Qiao Tuesday, April 6, 2010 2:15 AM
    Monday, April 5, 2010 3:51 PM

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  • As Apple announces, Windows 7 requires Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard and the Boot Camp 3.1 Update. For complete system requirements information, see this article.

    System requirements for Windows 7

    To use Boot Camp with with Windows 7, you need the following:

    • An Intel-based Mac
    • A Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard installation disc. This can be either a Mac OS X disc included with a purchased copy, or a Mac OS X Install Disc 1 from a Mac that had Mac OS X v10.6 preinstalled
    • Boot Camp Update 3.1 (which can be downloaded from here)
    • A USB keyboard and mouse, or a built-in keyboard and trackpad.

      Important: You should use the keyboard and mouse that shipped with your Mac, or a built-in trackpad.
       
    • At least 16 GB of free space on the disk you’re installing on for 32-bit, or 20 GB for 64-bit (for Microsoft Windows and Windows-based applications) 
    • Boot Camp Assistant, which is installed by Snow Leopard in /Applications/Utilities/

    You will also need one of the following Microsoft Windows discs:

    • An authentic, 32-bit Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate disc
    • With some computers you can use an authentic, 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate disc

    See this article for more information.

    So you'd better upgrade to Mac OS X v10.6. For more information, you can contact Apple for support as well.

    Dale

    Monday, April 5, 2010 2:40 AM
  • Just to clarify...the statement above which is on the Apple support website is relevant for new installations. I took a chance and just upgraded to windows 7 with my current setup and it works fine (so far!).

     

    Jake

    • Marked as answer by Dale Qiao Tuesday, April 6, 2010 2:15 AM
    Monday, April 5, 2010 3:51 PM
  • Yep, the fresh install of Windows 7 on Mac that is preinstalled with OS X requires upgrade to Mac OS X v10.6. However, the upgrade install from Windows Vista to Windows 7 can be done without this limitation.  Anyway, Jake, I'm glad to hear that you upgraded successfully to Windows 7. Thanks for your posting.

    Best Regards

    Tuesday, April 6, 2010 2:15 AM