I have been reluctant to install Windows 7 on my new PC because I wasn’t comfortable with the new layout. I’m still using XP Pro on here, and I will be for a long time in the future. But I have recently installed Windows 7 onto my laptop, which as you should have known by now, houses Mac OS X along side it. This is the subject of this post. In the next few days I’ll be working on writing up another section on how to dual boot with Windows 7, because it’s not as simple as most will believe. I already tried endlessly, through trial and error (playing with fire without backups) and by finding a little more information through searching the Internet on how to do it simply, but to the limit before it becomes broken again.
I finally worked it out to a working environment, but not a desirable outcome. In basic terms, you have to use the default Windows boot-loader, which will display both Operating Systems and boot them fine, no problems there – however – when you want to boot up Macintosh, it will follow through to that partitions boot-loader, which is separate to Windows’ – Chameleon boot-loader. So you have another boot-loader to pass before Macintosh will boot. It isn’t very slow, and won’t really make much difference if you have low timeouts, but it is a bit ugly and time wasting [not consuming].
Since I’m now back from London and reunited with my laptop I can also complete the Macintosh iTunes section of my website. I will try and fit that into somewhere too in the next few days… or weeks.