I am trying to setup Bootcamp, but am having a tough time. I know this question has been asked previously, but all of the answers are outdated. What SKU product key for Windows 7 is licensed for Bootcanp on 2013 MacBook Pro?

Keep in mind I don't have a DVD drive which makes use of any optical media problematic.

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    Nov 23, 2013 at 16:05

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At least the following versions of Windows 7 will work find on bootcamp.

  • Home Premium
  • Professional
  • Ultimate

all work. In order to obtain a key for one of these versions, You will need to find an ISO and a Matching Product Key for the same version of windows.

Microsoft offer downloads of Windows 8 from the Microsoft Store. If you're set on Windows 7, then your options are limited.

  1. If you have a MSDN account, you can download an MSDN ISO from there.
  2. You can purchase Windows 7 from a reseller (Amazon, NewEgg, ) and borrow a USB optical drive to use a retail CD/DVD.
  3. Download the Relevant ISO directly here (Content hosted on Digital River), and then use the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool to install.

I'd wager that each of these methods would work for Windows 8, except the direct downloads, which link to Windows 7 only.

  • WHere in the store are downloads of Windows 8 whoich are not upgrades from Vista/Windows 7?
    – mmmmmm
    Nov 19, 2013 at 16:57
  • Sign in to your Microsoft Store account using your Microsoft account and password. In the right-hand menu, click Downloads, Product Keys, and Subscriptions. On the Downloads, Product Keys and Subscriptions page, find the Windows product that you purchased. Select the download option (32-bit or 64-bit) and file type ISO
    – wrossmck
    Nov 19, 2013 at 16:59
  • The question is more which product do I buy and where is that on the store?
    – mmmmmm
    Nov 19, 2013 at 17:05
  • Just go to the purchase screen, and make sure download is selected. microsoftstore.com/store/mseea/en_IE/pdp/Windows-8/…
    – wrossmck
    Nov 19, 2013 at 17:13
  • The question specifically stipulates that I do not have access to an optical drive.
    – Adam_G
    Nov 23, 2013 at 19:22

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