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Mac OS 7.0 CD-ROM

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MD5: 28bcfee29f2386ff91140cdad692b833
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
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SSW7-CD-Mod.sit (51.15 MB)
MD5: 773dcbf9ef06ce3f981b2437510a23b7
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
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Macintosh System 7.0 software

This is the latest release of Macintosh system software, with a new Installer that lets you install
System 7 software over the network. This means that you can upgrade every Macintosh within a large organization from a file server established as an upgrade station-it's no longer necessary to carry a set of disks to every computer.

Excerpt: from the Mac System 7.0 CD-ROM CD jacket booklet (PDF linked above)

As well as System install software the Mac System 7.0 CD-ROM contains documentation (mainly in the form of HyperCard Stacks) TrueType Fonts and Printer Drivers (for SSW 6.0.7), HyperCard v1.2.2 and HyperCard v2.1 (Magic Edition), plus tools for networking Macintosh Systems.

Architecture: 68k

Bootable install (DL #2) or network-able install (DL's #1 & #2) of System Software version 7.0
Also contains Disk Copy 4.2 floppy disk installation images of System Software 6.0.2, SSW 6.0.3, SSW 6.0.4, SSW 6.0.5, SSW 6.0.7, & SSW 7.0 (There was no official SSW 6.0.6 release).

System 7.0 can be installed on any 68k Macintosh model capable of booting up to System 7.0 except the Macintosh 128K, Macintosh 512K, and Macintosh XL. System 7.0 also requires that a Macintosh computer is equipped with at least 2 MB of RAM and a hard disk for installation (a hard disk image file in the case of emulators).


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by MikeTomTom - 2020, October 27 - 10:38pm

Hopefully you guys included the System 7 Tune-up 1.1.1 when building the bootable System Folder

No. When creating the modified ROM, I wanted to replicate the disk as it would have been on the day, as if it had just left the press (including preserving date and time stamps). So, no updated bug-fix files were added to the mix.

My intention for this mod was to create the disk as it could have (should have?) been done by Apple at the time. I used only files that were found on this CD. And although it now does the job as a bootable system installer CD very well, it can still be used as it was originally intended, as a ROM mounted on a server for others to access and install or update from over a network.

As far as the infamous SSW 7.0 Finder bug goes, I haven't noticed it's occurrence here.

I've tested using it on a Mac Plus, Mac SE and Mac II (all Mini vMac's), also Basilisk II running as a Mac IIci and haven't noticed any Finder issues, so far. But if booting from this ROM, it's not going to be used as a main HD, so it is unlikely to run for longer than it takes to install an OS to a HD and reboot.

Of those two other ROM's you mention. I would love also to have a System 7 Pro install CD. That OS version happens to be my most favorite System 7 OS. Once you get rid of some of the bloat it adds, it's a rock solid lean Mac OS. In the meantime, the floppy disk install set for System 7 Pro will have to suffice Wink - There are some 7 Pro (SSW 7.1.1) CD images on this page (DL's #12 & #13), but they are only for various Macs and international floppy install sets (custom built CD images).

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by blackholemac - 2020, October 27 - 2:40pm

I would love if someone had the even more rare System 7.0.1 CD that shipped as an update to this group upgrade kit disc. That or the System 7 Pro CD. It's a cool find don't get me wrong. I also like the initiative to add a bootable System Folder to it. Hopefully you guys included the System 7 Tune-up 1.1.1 when building the bootable System Folder...without I don't know if the notorious Finder bugs would affect a CD build.

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by MikeTomTom - 2020, October 27 - 12:28pm

Is there any diference betwen this and Golden Master?

Yes. A huge difference. The Golden Master is aimed at developers, it contains code and dev tools plus several beta 4's of SSW 7.0 in languages other than US English, as well as what was to be the US gold release of SSW 7.0.

The Mac System 7.0 CD is more refined (a public release) and is aimed clearly at the business end of town. It's designed to impress and it does. It's a US English only release. What it contains in the way of software is outlined in the description above.

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by slomacuser - 2020, October 27 - 10:17am

Is there any diference betwen this and Golden Master?

Mac OS 7.0 Golden Master Release

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by MikeTomTom - 2020, October 26 - 10:56pm

Before anyone gets excited, it is not a retail bootable CD

I looked at this and thought "why not make it bootable". My results were pretty good I even managed to preserve its date & time stamps. So thought it can be added here as an easy to install System 7.0 disk image (DL #2).
Screenshots from #3 on are of the booted 7.0 CD-ROM in Mini vMac II.

Best thing (I think) is it is bootable/mountable by dragging onto Mini vMac, whereas the original upload is rejected by Mini vMac as being "not a Mac disk" - not sure why it does that, as it seems OK if mounted from within a Mac or emulator's HD.

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by Troyd - 2020, October 25 - 9:58am

I have this CD. Before anyone gets excited, it is not a retail bootable CD but just one distributed to developers and which contains floppy images that you have to write to diskettes.