University of Oregon

Boot Camp with Windows 7 & Windows 8


This describes how to install Boot Camp and Windows 7 on your Macintosh. For more information on Boot Camp, see Apple's Boot Camp support page.


You will need:

  • A blank disk or external USB or hard drive.
  • A Windows 7 or Windows 8 64-bit install DVD
  • A Macintosh upgraded to at least Mac OS X 10.5

Step 1: Partition Your Hard Drive / Download Drivers

  1. Open Applications -> Utilities -> Boot Camp Assistant. Click Continue on the first window.
  2. The next window presents 3 check boxes. The first one says something along the lines of "Burn Windows 7 Disk Image." Make sure this box is NOT checked. The second box says "Download latest Windows support drivers from Apple." Make sure this box IS checked. The third box says "Install Windows 7." Make sure this box IS also checked. *If you are installing Windows 8, you will still check the box labeled "Install Windows 7."
  3. Click Continue.
  4. Now Windows support software will be downloaded from Apple. If you are using a blank disk for this, select "Burn to CD, DVD." If you are using an external USB or hard drive, select "External hard drive."
  5. Next, you will be asked where to install the support software. Select the disk or drive you've inserted.
  6. Click Save.
  7. The software will download and proceed to the next step.
  8. This window asks you to partition your hard drive. The recommended size of your Windows partition is 40% but you can change this based on you much you think you'll use each operating system. The system that will hold the most files should be given the most space.
  9. Click Partition.

Step 2: Install the Windows image

  1. Boot Camp Assistant will restart the computer and boot from the Windows 7/8 CD.
    •  If prompted to "Press any Key to Boot from CD", do so. Only do this the first time you see it.
  2. At the Welcome to Setup menu, there are three fields to fill (choose the option best fitted to your needs):
    • Language to install: English
    • Time and currency formate: English (United States)
    • Keyboard or input method: US
  3. Click Next. Click Install now.
  4. The terms and conditions will load. Check I accept the license terms, then click Next.
  5. Which type of installation do you want? Select Custom (advanced).
  6. Where do you want to install Windows? Select Disk 0 Partition 3: BOOTCAMP.
  7. Select Drive Options (advanced). Choose Format. A warning will pop up, select OK. Click Next.
  8. The computer will reboot after the files are copied to the Boot Camp partition.  Windows will then enter the configuration phase. The first window asks for:

Windows 7

  • Username:  This is the name used to log in to the Windows partition of your computer.
  • Computer name: Give your computer an appropriate name.
  • Password: This is the password used to log in to the Windows partition of your computer.
  • Retype password
  • Type a password hint

Windows 8

  • PC Name: This is what your computers name will be.
  • Email Address: This is an email address of yours that is associated with a microsoft account.
  • Password: This is the password used to log in to the Windows partition of your computer.
  • Personal Information: Fill out the information requested. The security question and answer are optional but recommended in case you ever misplace your password.
  1. Adjust the time zone and time.
  2. Join a wireless network. If you're on campus, choose uowireless. Click Next.
  3. Select your computer's current location.  If you're on campus, select Work.
  4. The computer will reboot into the Windows 7 partition. Select Work for the uowireless network location if you're on campus.

Step 3: Install Drivers

  1. Open the disk or external drive you've inserted, that contains the support software. If you click the folder icon in the taskbar, you can navigate to the support software by clicking on Computer in the navigation menu. Then opening your disk or drive to locate the software.
  2. Open the folder titled WindowsSupport. Open the program labeled Setup.
  3. When the program finishes running, your computer will restart.
  4. IMMEDIATELY after the computer shuts off, hold the option/alt key.
  5. This brings up the boot menu.
  6. Select the icon labeled Macintosh HD.
  7. Your computer will boot into Mac OS.

Step 4: Last Steps

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Select Startup Disk.
  3. Click on the icon labeled Macintosh HD. This makes your Mac OS partition the default boot option. This means that when you turn your computer on, the operating system you'll use is Mac OS. If you'd prefer Windows to be your default OS, you can select the icon labeled BOOTCAMP.
  4. To boot into the OS that isn't your default, hold the option/alt key on startup and select your desired OS (either BOOTCAMP or Macintosh HD).


  • Specific files cannot be moved – This error occurs during Step 1.  This error means that there are files located in a section of your hard drive that Bootcamp Assistant is trying to use for your Windows partition.  Unfortunately, the solution to this is not easy; you must erase your entire hard drive, reinstall Mac OSX, then continue with your bootcamp installation.
    1. If you have files on your computer that are important to you, you'll need to transfer them to an external hard drive.  Hook the external drive up to your computer, then follow Time Machine instructions to back up your computer.
    2. Insert your gray Mac OS install CD.  Restart the computer while pressing the C key on the keyboard.  This tells the computer to boot to the install CD.
    3. Select the language you wish.
    4. Open Disk Utility via the Options menu at the top of the screen.  Select your hard drive to the left of the screen.
    5. Click on the Erase tab.  Ensure that the format is set to Mac OS Extended, and click Erase.
    6. Continue with the Mac OS installation.  Once this is complete, you may begin your boot camp installation from Step 1.