Have you ever tried to install Windows 7/Vista x64 on your intel based mac? If you have done so, you already know that the process of installing and running Windows 64bit is absolutely fine, even without the original drivers from Apple. Normally, in order for the hardware to work smoothly and as expected, you have to install boot camp v3.0 drivers from your Snow Leopard (10.6) dvd.
According to Apple, only a few intel based models are capable of running 64bit Windows which is not true. The list of apple computers capable of running 64bit Windows, which is originally published by apple is the following (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1846):
- MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2009)
- MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2008) and later
- MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2008) and later
- Mac Pro (Early 2008) and later
- iMac (21.5 inch, Late 2009)
- iMac (27-inch, Late 2009)
- iMac (27-inch, Quad Core, Late 2009)
- MacBook (13-inch, Late 2009)
In my opinion all intel based macs (Santa Rosa), support 64bit processing. For this reason, I installed Windows 7 on my Macbook Pro (mid 2007) and on my MacMini (late 2009), which according to apple are not capable of running 64bit Windows, hence are not supported.
The installation of Windows 7 x64 professional edition completed successfully and booted normally, as expected. The next step was to install boot camp drivers. Unfortunately, before the driver's installation begins, I received the following error message which stopped the whole process.
By searching the web, I found the solution and the way to install the 64bit drivers on my intel based mac:
||Go to Start > Computer. Then right click on your cd/dvd rom drive where the Snow Leopard (Mac OS 6.10) dvd appears and click open.
From there, move to Boot Camp > Drivers > Apple and right click on the file with the name BootCamp64.msi. From the list of options appeared, select Troubleshoot compatibility.
Wait a few seconds, and a screen like the following will appear. From this screen click on the "Start the program..." button and the installation process will begin.
||When the drivers are installed, you might be asked to restart your computer. When the computer boots, install the boot camp v3.2 update for Windows 64bit and you are done.
||Enjoy your Windows 64bit on your intel based mac!
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