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Windows 7 Upgrade Updates

Boot Camp 3.1 for Windows 64 bit — Good news for those tired of running Vista on their Mac: Apple has released an update to its Windows virtualization software Boot Camp that adds compatibility with Windows 7 (Home, Premium, and Professional). The update also resolves unspecified issues with the Apple trackpad, adds support for the Apple wireless keyboard and mouse, and disables the red digital audio port LED on notebooks when it’s not in use. (Free, 274.58 MB)

Boot Camp 3.1 for Windows 32 bit — Identical in its improvements to Boot Camp 3.1 for Windows 64-bit, but applicable to a 32-bit environment. (Free, 380.73 MB)

Boot Camp Utility for Windows 7 Upgrade — Users with Boot Camp 3.1 who are upgrading from Vista to Windows 7 may receive an alert with the error code “0x80070005.” According to Apple, “This can happen when the Windows 7 installer attempts to write to a read-only Macintosh volume.” Downloading and installing this utility before upgrading ensures that the read-only Mac volume is safely unmounted on Vista first.

iMac Late 2009 Windows 7 Drivers — Users with Boot Camp 3.1 who are moving to Windows 7 on a late 2009 27-inch or 21.5-inch iMac may see their screen turn to black during installation; the result of the Windows 7 installer lacking the necessary graphics or Bluetooth drivers. Apple’s iMac Late 2009 Windows 7 Drivers update contains the necessary drivers to prevent this from happening. The update must be downloaded, copied to a MS-DOS-formatted USB device, and inserted into your computer’s USB slot before installing Windows 7. More information regarding this update is available via Apple’s Web site. The update can
be downloaded via Software Update or the Apple Support Downloads page. (Free, 104 MB)

Graphics Firmware Update 1.0 (iMac and Mac Pro) compatibility with Windows 7 — Apple’s release notes for this update are terse, saying only that you should download and install it, “…if you run Windows 7 using Boot Camp on your iMac (with NVIDIA GeForce 7300 or 7600 GT) or Mac Pro (with NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT or Quadro FX 4500) computer.” The update is available via Software Update or the Apple Support Downloads page. (Free, 1.2 MB)

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