Today I received my copy of Windows 7 Home Premium. I had already printed out the Apple manual for Boot Camp, which allows me to create a Windows partition on my Intel Mac to boot into Windows as needed. Much of the software I'll need for engineering is Windows-only so I had no choice: Boot Camp or a second laptop; I have chosen Boot Camp for the time being.
How I went about installing Windows on my MacBook Pro:
- I backed up my Mac using SuperDuper!
- I ran Boot Camp Assistant and set my Windows partition to 100GB
- Using BCA, I downloaded the Windows Support files and burned them to a CDR within BCA--nice
- The Mac booted in Windows, so I fed in the Windows installer and ran it
- I ejected the Windows installer disk then installed the Windows Support files
- Finished installing Windows with few more restarts
- Windows 7 on my Mac!
So far, I have not yet tried to install anything third party, although Visual C++ Studio Express is downloading now.