∞ Apple updates Boot Camp for Windows 7

Apple has released an update to Boot Camp, the software it uses to enable Intel-based Mac users to install Windows. The update provides support for Windows 7, the latest major release of Windows that came out last fall. The update is available for download from the Downloads page of Apple’s Support Web site.

The updated Boot Camp 3.1 software enables Mac users to install and run Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate versions. The updated software also addresses issues with the Apple trackpad, turns off the red digital audio port LED on laptop computers when it’s not being used, and now supports the Apple wireless keyboard and Apple Magic Mouse.

Apple recommends that all Boot Camp 3.0 users upgrade to the new release. Separate updates have been prepared for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows.

Apple has released other software of import to Boot Camp users, so please take note:

Boot Camp Utility for Windows 7 Upgrade is an installation utility that unmounts the read-only Macintosh volume on Microsoft Vista, required to use before upgrading from Vista to Windows 7, according to Apple.

iMac Late 2009 Windows 7 drivers are intended for use with the 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac models that were introduced in October, 2009.

Graphics Firmware Update 1.0 for iMac and Mac Pro systems is intended for use with iMacs equipped with Nvidia GeForce 7300 or 7600GT graphics, or Mac Pros equipped with Nvidia GeForce 7300 GT or Quadro FX 4500 graphics cards.