I want to install Windows 7 (not 10) on my 2017 MacBook Air, which is running macOS Catalina. I want Windows 7 since some programs I need don't work the best on Windows 10. It's also faster than Windows 10 and takes up less of my hard drive space.

Is it even possible to install Windows 7, and if so, how?

  • You may be able to install windows 7 the way you would install it on any PC, the problem comes with finding drivers that support that specific hardware. Apple never released any so you would have to find drivers for the hardware in that MacBook that Windows 7 doesn't support natively. I have heard of it being done but it ain't fun. Virtualizing Win7 might be a better choice. Mar 18 '20 at 14:40
  • I'd suggest using VMware Fusion to virtualize Windows 7. Mar 18 '20 at 15:18

Windows 7 has to be installed to BIOS boot. Your 2017 MacBook Air does not have a BIOS in the firmware. Therefore, you can not install Windows 7 on a physical 2017 MacBook Air.

You should be able to install Windows 7 in a virtual machine. VirtualBox happens to be a free product that can be used to run Windows 7 as a virtual machine. Usually the older operating systems run adequately fast in virtual machines on newer Macs.

The latest version of Windows 7 with SP1 can be downloaded from Download Windows 7 Disc Images (ISO Files). You will need a product key to download. This ISO can be installed in VirtualBox without entering a product key, if you want to test before committing. Of course, after a trial period, you would need to provide a product key. VirtualBox does provide all the required Windows 7 drivers, which can be installed after installing Windows 7.

  • Thank you very much for this. I have done like 8 different versions of bootable windows 7 IOS USB to install 7 and then upgrade it to 10 later (as I have win 7 license) and was not able to understand why it works on my 2014 macbook, but on 2017 it simply does not come up in boo many. Awesome. thanks. Will search how to move my current bootcamp partition to new mac instead.
    – Justas
    Jun 16 '20 at 19:04

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