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Apple may miss deadline for Boot Camp Windows 7 support

updated 02:55 pm EST, Wed December 30, 2009

Promise not kept

Unless an update is delivered by the end of Thursday, Apple will miss a deadline for adding official Windows 7 support to Snow Leopard's Boot Camp, reports note. For some time Apple has hosted a page on its website, promising that the support would be coming "before the end of the year." Windows 7 has been commercially available since October 22nd, and still earlier in the form of public betas and release candidates.

An Apple support representative responsible for Boot Camp troubleshooting has claimed that his division has received no updates from management, and that as far as he knows the Boot Camp update is still in testing. It is currently possible to install Windows 7 on a Snow Leopard Mac, but the process is unsanctioned by Apple and requires complicated workarounds. Boot Camp is otherwise compatible only with Windows XP and Vista.




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  1. howiethemacguy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Meh

    No worries here.

  1. leamanc

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Another meh

    I don't know what the big deal is. I guess there is lack of driver support, but Win7 works well on VM apps, and I know someone who has it booting on their Mac mini, with no apparent problems.

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Did they specifically say the end of what year?

    I've been running Windows 7 Ultimate in Parallels 5 and that's good enough to know that I'll probably continue running Windows XP Pro in BootCamp for a long time to come. Windows 7 is nice, but I still say it's not necessary to have. Some of the Aero features are cool and it's generally easy to set up, but I'd rather have the extra speed that Windows XP offers.

  1. FastAMX79

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    I for one...

    would like an update to bootcamp for win 7. I am using the Vista drivers, but my Apple Bluetooth Keyboard (if idle for more than 20 minutes) will cause a BSOD.

    I am also having issues with the wireless card keeping a connection. If they miss the deadline, fine... but I am awaiting an update to see if this solves my problems.

  1. + spiral +

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Workaround?

    What is the complicated workaround? I just did this yesterday with Windows 7 and Bootcamp and it worked the same with every other version: Created BC partition, rebooted in Win 7 disc, installed Win 7, installed drivers from Snow Leopard DVD.

  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -5

    No problem

    Windows 7 is just a rehashed Vista POS anyway. Take your time Apple, no one is going to cry over this delay.

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -7

    It disturbs me...

    to see this callous indifference towards missing this "deadline"..... After all, the best way to use a Mac, is to install Windows on it!

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