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# 79861 23-Mar-2011 11:19
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Hi all

Do I need a special version of Windows 7 as I tried to install and it advised that the file system GPT is not compatible?

Cheers all

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  # 451176 23-Mar-2011 16:42
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How are you trying to do it, dual boot via BootCamp or VM?

Dual boot windows 7 on Apple hardware like an iMac or MacBook with BootCamp
Windows inside of MacOS via virtualization with VMWare Fusion or Parallels.


VMWare Fusion


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  # 451278 23-Mar-2011 23:44
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Hi Ragnor

BootCamp. The partition failed as a file cannot be removed, so ran Disk Utility and tested Permissions and Repaired those, no change. Plus if I check them again, I get the same ones back. Ran Verify Disk (I think thats what its called that Macbook Pro is off now) but when I went Repair Disk it says I need the system disk, which I will get tomorrow night.

While I can build/repair any PC I know litte about MAC OS so a bit tentative. But a bit concerned that this repair permissions thing still has many entries if I run it again after repairing. Hoping that the boot from system disk to repair the HD will allow the partition to be created with Bootcamp.

If I still have a file cannot be moved issue, any ideas?



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  # 451287 24-Mar-2011 01:39
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32bit or 64bit windows 7?  What model Mac?

Did you read this part of the BootCamp install guide

You can use a 32-bit version of Windows 7 with any of these Mac computers:
- An iMac or MacBook Pro introduced in 2007 or later
- Any Intel-based Mac Pro, MacBook, or Mac mini

You can use a 64-bit version of Windows Vista or Windows 7 with any of these Mac computers:
- A Mac Pro or MacBook Pro introduced in early 2008 or later
- An iMac or MacBook introduced in late 2009 or later

If you’re not sure when your Mac computer was introduced, see, click your Mac model, and look for an article on identifying your Mac

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  # 451296 24-Mar-2011 07:12
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No issue with the installation, just a file that cannot be moved which is stopping Bootcamp from creating a partition. I will try the system disk startup and disk repair tonight.

Its an almost new Macbook Pro, W7 64bit

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  # 451298 24-Mar-2011 07:14
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I'd go with VirtualBox - its free, and I've already had Windows 7 installed on it on another customers Mac, with no issues.

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  # 453234 29-Mar-2011 19:09
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foremannz: I'd go with VirtualBox - its free, and I've already had Windows 7 installed on it on another customers Mac, with no issues.

+1 for VirtualBox. Apart from being free, it is also open-source.

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  # 454450 2-Apr-2011 09:55
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Does anyone know if you can boot a bootcamp partition with virtual box. I have windows 7 on bootcamp and would like to be able to use that install in macos


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  # 454665 2-Apr-2011 23:05
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Hmm unlikely but you could boot into Windows make/take a VM image of it and then load that up inside of VirtualBox in MacOS

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