How To Run Windows 7 On Mac

Are you a Mac user who wants to run Windows 7 on your computer? You’re in luck! There are several ways to do this, and in this blog post, we will discuss two popular methods: using virtualization software and using Boot Camp. Let’s get started!

Method 1: Using Virtualization Software

Virtualization software allows you to run Windows 7 in a virtual machine (VM) on your Mac. This means you can run Windows 7 as an application within macOS, and switch between the two operating systems seamlessly. There are several virtualization software options available, such as Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion. In this tutorial, we will be using Parallels Desktop.

Step 1: Install Parallels Desktop

First, you need to download and install Parallels Desktop. You can download a free trial from the Parallels website.

Step 2: Create a New Virtual Machine

Once Parallels Desktop is installed, open the program and click on the + (Add) button to create a new virtual machine. You can choose to install Windows from a disc or an image file. If you have a Windows 7 ISO file, select the Install Windows or another OS from a DVD or image file option and click Continue.

Step 3: Configure Your VM

After selecting your Windows 7 ISO file, Parallels Desktop will guide you through the setup process. You will need to choose your Windows user account name and password, and specify how much disk space you want to allocate to the virtual machine. You can also customize other settings, such as the amount of RAM and CPU cores allocated to the VM.

Step 4: Install Windows 7

Once you have configured your virtual machine, click Continue to begin the Windows 7 installation process. It may take some time to install Windows 7, so be patient. Once the installation is complete, you will be able to run Windows 7 within your macOS environment.

Method 2: Using Boot Camp

Boot Camp is a feature built into macOS that allows you to install Windows on a separate partition on your Mac’s hard drive. This method requires you to restart your Mac to switch between macOS and Windows 7, but it generally offers better performance compared to running Windows in a virtual machine.

Step 1: Run Boot Camp Assistant

Boot Camp Assistant is an application that comes preinstalled on your Mac. You can find it in the Utilities folder within the Applications folder. Open Boot Camp Assistant to get started.

Step 2: Create a Windows Partition

Boot Camp Assistant will guide you through the process of creating a partition for Windows 7. You will need to specify how much disk space you want to allocate to the partition. Keep in mind that the more space you allocate, the less space you will have available for macOS.

Step 3: Install Windows 7

Once you have created a partition, Boot Camp Assistant will ask you to insert your Windows 7 installation disc or select an ISO file. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process. After you have installed Windows 7, you will need to restart your Mac and hold the Option (⌥) key during startup to select which operating system to boot into.

Step 4: Install Boot Camp Drivers

After installing Windows 7, you will need to install the Boot Camp drivers to ensure proper functionality of your Mac’s hardware within Windows. The Boot Camp drivers should be located on a USB drive or on the Windows installation disc. Simply insert the drive or disc and follow the on-screen instructions to install the drivers. You may need to restart your computer after the process is complete.


Whether you choose to run Windows 7 in a virtual machine or using Boot Camp, both methods have their advantages and disadvantages. Virtualization software allows you to easily switch between macOS and Windows, but may offer slightly less performance compared to Boot Camp. Boot Camp provides better performance but requires you to restart your Mac to switch between operating systems. Choose the method that best suits your needs and enjoy the benefits of using both macOS and Windows 7 on your Mac!