Apple's Boot Camp Will Support Windows 7, But Not Yet

Apple promises support for Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate versions with its Boot Camp software in Mac OS X Snow Leopard, though not until later this year, according to Apple's Web site. Snow Leopard includes Boot Camp 3.0. The Windows 7 support will be available as a software update to Boot Camp before the end of the year, according to a brief support document on Apple's Web site.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer launched Windows 7 Thursday at an event in New York City.

Boot Camp, first launched in April 2006, allows Apple's Intel-based Macs to run Windows operating systems. However, Apple noted on its Web site that nine Mac models from 2006 will not support Windows 7, including 17-inch iMac, 20-inch iMac, 15-inch MacBook Pro, 17-inch MacBook Pro and a mid-2006 Mac Pro with Intel Xeon dual-core 2.66GHz or 3GHz processors.

Apple did not detail why these 2006 models would not be supported, but it could have to do with new hardware requirements for Windows 7 that are not included in those older models.

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Boot Camp 3.0 was released in August with Snow Leopard with new functions that let users open, read and copy files on Mac OS X volumes while booted into Windows. It also allows a system administrator to change the startup disk selection of a Mac running Windows using Boot Camp through a command line utility.