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    Info How To Install Windows 7 On MacBook Pro With Retina Display [Tutorial]

    If you can bring yourself to look past the fact that you have just spent a whole heap of money on excellent Apple hardware to run OS X, then it actually makes sense to be able to install a version of Windows alongside the default operating system. This is especially true when we consider the new Retina MacBook Pro and those who want to use PC software or games in the full 2880 x 1800 resolution.

    Follow the simple steps below to get up and running with installing Windows 7 alongside the native OS X installation on the MacBook Pro.



    Step 1: Locate and run the built-in Boot Camp Assistant package that comes as part of OS X. Boot Camp Assistant can be invoked a number of different ways. Select Spotlight from the Finder bar at the top of the display and search for Boot Camp before selecting the required app. Alternatively, users can enter the Launchpad screen and search for Boot Camp Assistant manually that way.



    Step 2: The Boot Camp Assistant interface provides the necessary steps that are involved in installing a fully functioning version of Windows 7 on the MacBook. Make sure all the relevant option boxes are ticked before selecting the Continue option on the bottom right of the display.



    Step 3: The next stage of the process is to create a Windows ISO image of the installation DVD. An optical drive is a requirement for this process meaning that an external drive will need to be connected to the MacBook Pro. The simple Disk Utility application in Mac OS X allows a new disk image to be created from the inserted Windows DVD.

    NOTE: If you don’t have access to an external drive that can be connected to the MacBook Pro, then it is possible to create an ISO disk image using one of many free of charge utilities directly from a Windows based PC. That ISO can then be moved across to the Retina MacBook Pro for use as part of this process.

    Step 4: If you are creating the ISO image directly on the Mac using the Disk Utility process then the outputted file will need to be saved as .cdr file and then manually renamed to the extension .iso.

    Step 5: After the ISO image has been created and manually renamed, the next stage is to copy the file onto a USB drive that is greater than 4GB in size. In the Boot Camp Manager interface, select the option to copy the file to the USB drive to create a bootable disk.

    Step 6: Anyone who has installed Windows, or even used Windows, will know that a number of drivers are required to make sure all of the hardware is functioning correctly. This is particularly relevant in this instance to ensure that the full resolution of the Retina MacBook Pro is achieved in the installation. Download all of the drivers that Apple provide via the Boot Camp Manager and copy the single file to a secondary USB drive (at least 1GB needed).



    Step 7: The installation of Windows 7 doesn’t place nice with competing operating systems, making it necessary to create a partition on the hard drive of the MacBook Pro. The Boot Camp Assistant will display the partition information and you will need to assign a portion of the drive to Windows. Bear in mind that the installation itself will require approximately 30GB so choose carefully as this cannot be altered later.



    Step 8: Insert the original USB pen drive into the Mac with the bootable ISO image on it. The system will reboot after the partition step above, forcing the Windows 7 installation to begin. When asked where to install Windows 7, select the partition that was created in step 7 above. Select Drive Options before selecting Format and follow the on screen instructions.



    Step 9: The final step in the process is to insert the secondary USB pen and install the drivers that Apple provides to make sure everything works correctly with the Windows 7 installation. Open the USB drive and run the installer that is on the drive. When the drivers are installed the system will restart, prompting the end of the process.



    So there we have it, a full installation of Windows 7 on* a Retina MacBook Pro. Deciding which operating system to boot into is as simple as holding down the Option button when the MacBook is booting up and selecting either Windows or OS X.

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    Default Re: How To Install Windows 7 On MacBook Pro With Retina Display [Tutorial]

    bootcamp is nice and all, I had a bootcamp partition for a while with win 7 professional (legit) on it, but since using parallels, I never ever used the bootcamp install and prefer to use windows WITHIN osx at the same time. Best of all worlds.

    Top tips for making parallels run well..

    1. Keep parallels updated
    2. Have plenty of ram (I've got 8GB with 4GB for the virtual machine)
    3. A SSD makes a massive difference, especially in boot up. My win 7 now boots within osx and is useable within about 8 seconds.

    My machine is by no means a powerhouse but parallels is that good that it's as near as dammit native speed, and you can interact between them, live.
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    Default Re: How To Install Windows 7 On MacBook Pro With Retina Display [Tutorial]

    I have VMWare on my PC and laptop so I can run OSX Lion within Win 7, love it. Previously I had a hackintosh but rebooting to switch OS was a PITA.
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    Default Re: How To Install Windows 7 On MacBook Pro With Retina Display [Tutorial]

    Parallels pisses all over vmware fusion (that's what they call the mac one) for any-os-on-a-mac experience. I'm a very happily paid up user
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    Default Re: How To Install Windows 7 On MacBook Pro With Retina Display [Tutorial]

    have u tried version 7 malty even nicer than 6. i bought it as one of those bundle deals. version 6 dosent work with mountain lion!
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    Default How To Install Windows 7 On MacBook Pro With Retina Display [Tutorial]

    I got to say I prefer VMware fusion to parallels. I find performance in VMware far better than what i was getting out of parallels.

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    Default Re: How To Install Windows 7 On MacBook Pro With Retina Display [Tutorial]

    I am using virtual box to run windows and linux no problem on the Mac, I know it does not have all the features of Parallels but it is free

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