Installing Windows 7 on 2013 Late Macbook Pro with Maverick

A simple note on the process.

  1. Grab a USB 2.0 memory stick with 8GB+ volume, insert to the Macbook Pro (I’m using the left USB port);

    Make sure the memory stick is USB2.0.  USB3.0 simply is not supported by the latest Bootcamp and will create all sorts of problem such as Mac keyboard and mouse not functional during installation of Windows 7.

  2. Make sure the USB is blank, otherwise go to Disk Manager to clear it with MS-DOS(FAT).  Keep the USB stick on the Mac;
  3. On OSX, use Spotlight to search for Bootcamp Assistant.  The version on my Mac is 5.0.5;
  4. Enter the Bootcamp Assistant, continue and select all 3 options (make Windows 7 disk, download drivers, make Windows 7 partition), continue;
  5. If you have tried to install Windows 7 before, you may have a separated partition already. Otherwise the system will ask you to partition a new one;

    Someone suggest to delete the previously made Bootcamp partition first then create a new one later.  That’s what I did.  But since after you reboot into Windows 7 installation you will need to format the Bootcamp partition, so I don’t see how necessary to delete the existing Bootcamp partition here.

  6. Make your choice on the size of the Windows 7 partition, continue;
  7. The system will prep the USB stick automatically, then will ask to input your Mac login once;
  8. If you are running battery power, you will be warned if you are running on batter power.  If you have enough juice on batter, say 100% ignore and continue;
  9. In my case, after the Bootcamp prep the USB stick, it will automatically reboot to Windows 7 installation.  No need to hold option/alt key and whatsoever;
  10. After the Windows 7 installation page is showed, you will be asked to select a partition to install it.  You will see a partition with Bootcamp name, if you select it then it will warn you that it cannot be used as it need it as NTFS format.  Don’t panic!    You just format this Bootcamp partition using the format feature on this page, then you can click next to continue;
  11. Now everything is as normal as another Windows 7 installation (language, time&date format, Username & password, screen flashes…);
  12. Near the end of the Windows installation, it will also install the Bootcamp program.  Allow it as you will need it.  After it is installed, it will ask to restart the Mac.  Restart it and leave it to do it’s own thing, no need to do any fancy things again;
  13. The Mac will restart to Windows 7 automatically.  Then use your newly set Username/password to log in, the system will create your new profile.  Then it’s done.

Some tuning:

  • If you find yourself cannot (or don’t know how to) trigger the right click menu, first try tabbing the trackpad with two fingers at the same time.  If nothing happen, you can go to the Bootcamp program and set it on the Trackpad tab.
  • Further, you can set ‘ tab to click’ on the Trackpad tab in the Bootcamp program.  You can now simply ‘tab’ the trackpad to ‘click’ on anything.  It’s a much nicer and quieter way to play with the Mac IMO.
  • If you need to switch back to the OSX, either restart the Mac by pressing the option/alt key, or find the Bootcamp program icon on the right system tray.  Using the system tray icon, you can restart to OSX.  Just knowing now the Mac will automatically boot into Windows 7.
  • Also in the Bootcamp program under the Keyboard tap, check the option of using F1 F2 as standard function key.  Once check it, you can have the F1 to F12 back in Windows, and you use the alternative function of these keys (such as controlling brightness and sound volume) by pressing Fn in the same time.
  • If you encounter problem on controlling the screen brightness using the Fn+F1 or Fn+F2, try the following steps:
    • Go to ‘Device Manage’r, find ‘Monitor’ and expand it;
    • Right click the ‘General PnP Monitor’, select disable;
    • Reboot;

      You should now notice the screen got brighter, as it is now 100% brightness as default.
      And the Fn+F1/2 key should be still NOT functioning.

    • Go to ‘Device Manager’ and find the ‘General PnP Monitor’ again, now enable it.
    • Now try again the Fn+F1/2 key, see if it can adjust the brightness.  Surprisingly, my problem is solved from here;
    • If you still cannot, find ‘Adjust Brightness’ by searching it on ‘Run’.  It should be under ‘Power Manager’.
    • Go to the setting of the power scheme you are using, click “Change Advanced Setting’, scroll down the list and find the ‘Monitor ‘, look for ‘Enable auto brightness adjustment’, turn it off, then try the Fn+F1/2 again.  From here I find no matter it is on and off, I can now use the Fn+F1/2 to adjust the brightness.

Just for your information, since the Windows 7 Ultimate I installed has been changed to Chinese, so the feature names (those words I use capital initials) may not be 100% correct, but you should be able to find it in the place I said.