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Apple drops Windows 7 support from Boot Camp for 2013 Mac Pro

updated 04:50 pm EDT, Mon March 17, 2014

Change could upset some Mac users

Apple has formally dropped Windows 7 support in Boot Camp for users of the 2013 Mac Pro, an updated support document reveals. It's not clear why the change was made, but it can also be seen in Boot Camp Assistant, which insists on "Windows 8 or later" during the Windows installation process. The omission could upset some Pro users who don't like the touchscreen-oriented interface additions made in Windows 8.

Support may have been stripped down so that Apple only has to deal with the latest iteration of Windows. Windows 7 was released almost five years ago, whereas 8 dates back to late 2012. Currently, though, Windows 8 is used by less than 11 percent of people on the Windows platform.

by MacNN Staff



  1. And.reg

    Mac Elite

    Joined: 02-22-04

    Well that's pretty bold. Why would Apple drop Boot Camp on the Pro? Are they going to drop Boot Camp altogether in future Mac lineups??

  1. prl99

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: 03-24-09

    I would think it has more to do with supporting the new graphics cards. The other Macs don't support every version of Windows OS either. The Retina MBPs only support Windows 7 64-bit and Windows 8. Apple is providing Boot Camp for free but more than likely doesn't want to be like Microsoft where they are expected to provide drivers for every graphics card available. I know there are people who like to boot Windows using the best hardware available (Macs) but Boot Camp was never designed to replace the main OS on Macs, just to add the ability to run Windows when absolutely necessary.

  1. jdonahoe

    Forum Regular

    Joined: 07-05-06

    I think this is a plus for Parallels. We have an old instrument that required XP, but running Parallels allowed us to continue using it without problems.

  1. DiabloConQueso

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 06-11-08

    Perhaps it's due to Windows 8's improved UEFI/EFI compatibility, negating the need for a software EFI-to-BIOS layer (BootCamp, basically).

    It's likely that Windows 8 could boot near natively on the newer Mac machines, with little in the way of software assistance (again, BootCamp), so this may be the first step to eliminating the hack-ish BootCamp layer altogether somewhere down the road and allowing native booting of Windows with UEFI/EFI support on Apple machines.

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    And.reg: you're not reading the article correctly -- Apple has not dropped Boot Camp on the Pro or any other model. They have only dropped Windows 7 support from Boot Camp on the Mac Pro (though that will eventually spread to other Macs over time, and as DCQ points out this probably is the first step to the phasing out of Boot Camp as it will no longer be needed to run Windows on Macs).

    As jdonahoe correctly points out, this is great news for Parallels et al and is unlikely to make a lot of difference to most others (though I acknowledge there will be some in the short term who may be affected).

  1. coffeetime

    Senior User

    Joined: 11-15-06

    Using the new MacPro running Windows XP in BootCamp mode is totally and absolutely overkill even if you can. With this speed monster MacPro, I probably can run Windows XP SP1, SP2, and SP3 simultaneously in Parallel Desktop without a glitch.

  1. coffeetime

    Senior User

    Joined: 11-15-06

    Did I say Windows XP? I meant Windows 7.

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