Apple is known to do some strange stuff, and here is another one. In a bewildering move, the company has dropped support for Windows 7, the world’s most popular operating system in Boot Camp.

Meaning the latest Mac Pro, released in 2013, is only now only compatible with Windows 8.

Now, this is a move as described in this support document might upset some (or a lot of) users, but it clearly states the system requirements for Microsoft Windows operating systems that customers can install on their Macs via Boot Camp.

The aforementioned KB article was recently updated, on March 5, and a scroll down to the Mac Pro section has a table that details the general requirements for installation of Windows using Boot Camp.

And only the 64-bit version of Windows 8 now plays nicely with the newest Mac Pro.

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Mac Pro users that have opted for the newest model now have the option of only a single Windows version on their shiny new machine. And when you consider that there are many that depend on their trusty old Windows 7 copy, this decision will probably not be well received.

Sure Windows 8 is better than Windows 7 in many aspects, but this is pretty much forcing these Mac Pro users to splash cash for a new operating system when their old one is still alive and kicking.

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7 Comments
  1. Well, as long as it supports Windows 8.x thats the most important thing

    • I’m with you, Ray. Windows 8 is the only important thing at this point, and I doubt Apple is too worried about Windows 7 at this point.

  2. Correct me if I’m wrong, but boot camp installs windows operating system onto Apple hardware, right?

    • It does do that. I have to agree with apple’s move here too. I guess they figure if you’re going to invest all that money in a mac, why would you need to run windows 7? Having windows 8 as the only option makes sense.

  3. Dumb move on apple’s part. I think they’re just eliminating a good amount of business to save costs, but it’ll hurt the bottom line. If I was running apple (haha), I’d keep boot camp available for windows 7.

  4. So I have a mac how do I install windows, need for my work, do I have to install boot camp first ? Is it a user friendly program to install or should I take it somewhere to have it done? Help please

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