Windows 7 on MacBook Pro with Retina display
You can install Windows 7 on MacBook Pro laptops that were recently upgraded by Apple with the Retina display and several performance improvements. To install Windows 7 on MacBook, Apple’s Boot Camp software can be used. It is included as a utility in the Mac OS X Lion operating systems. Boot Camp sets up a dual boot system by installing Windows 7 on a separate partition. On starting the MacBook Pro, users can select the operating system (either Mac OS X Lion or Windows 7) for booting.
System requirements to install Windows 7 on MacBook Pro
Here are the requirements to install Windows 7 on MacBook Pro:
- An installation disc with Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate editions
- An ISO image of Windows 7 downloaded from Microsoft on a USB drive can also be used
- An external optical drive compatible with MacBook Pro
- A blank CD/DVD or an external drive to install Windows 7 drivers on MacBook Pro
Steps for installing Windows 7 on MacBook Pro
For detailed instructions to install Windows 7 on MacBook Pro, refer Apple’s Boot Camp Installation & Setup Guide. It provides the steps along with screen shots for easy understanding. You can start the MacBook Pro with Windows 7 or Mac OS X Lion by pressing the Option (Alt) key at start up.
Review of the MacBook Pro with Windows 7 installed on it
MobileTechReview’s editor-in-chief Lisa Gade reviewed the MacBook Pro with Windows 7 installed on it. Here are excerpts from the review:
[quote]Once you install the driver pack, the display drivers take effect and indeed you get 2880 x 1800 resolution!Â …..In terms of performance and benchmarks, our base 2.3GHz quad core i7 Retina Mac flies in Windows 7 Ultimate. Games run well, Adobe CS 5.5 is fluid and we got a PCMark Vantage score of 19,174.[/quote]