Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Notebooks > MacBook Air

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Jan 23, 2012, 07:15 PM   #1
legaleye3000
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Boot Camp on Macbook Air?

How do you install Windows without a DVD drive? Remote Disc does not seem to work for installing Windows from my Mac Mini... Please help. Thank you.
legaleye3000 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 23, 2012, 07:39 PM   #2
KylePowers
macrumors 68000
 
KylePowers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
I think the easiest way is via the Macbook Air Superdrive.. not too sure if there are any alternatives =\

USB with the .iso maybe? Maybe you can just install through OSX with a .iso? Not sure.
KylePowers is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 23, 2012, 08:13 PM   #3
PittAir
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
I just did this today. Boot Camp Assistant asks you whether you want to make a windows USB stick and add the Boot Camp drivers as well.

You format a 4 GB stick in FAT32 and away you go. You will need an iso of Windows 7 (download) for this.

Then run Boot Camp Assistant and it will install Windows 7 from your usb stick.
PittAir is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 23, 2012, 08:15 PM   #4
legaleye3000
Thread Starter
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Ok, so for this, I can use remote disc to make an iso of my Windows cd and place the ISO on my desktop, correct? Thanks.
legaleye3000 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 23, 2012, 08:33 PM   #5
johnhurley
macrumors 6502a
 
johnhurley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by legaleye3000 View Post
Ok, so for this, I can use remote disc to make an iso of my Windows cd and place the ISO on my desktop, correct? Thanks.
Then burn the iso to a usb flash drive and make sure it is bootable!

I created my bootable usb flash drive from an iso on a win machine.
johnhurley is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 23, 2012, 08:36 PM   #6
legaleye3000
Thread Starter
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Is there any way to install Windows using only remote disk or no?
legaleye3000 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 23, 2012, 09:05 PM   #7
PittAir
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by johnhurley View Post
Then burn the iso to a usb flash drive and make sure it is bootable!

I created my bootable usb flash drive from an iso on a win machine.
You don't (and shouldn't burn the windows iso. Boot Camp Assistant does it for you and adds files to allow the usb to boot.
PittAir is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 23, 2012, 10:10 PM   #8
gentlefury
macrumors 68030
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Los Angeles, CA
It seriously could not be easier! You just make an image file from an install disk, and use Bootcamp assistant to turn any portable disk into a bootable installation disk. I would not recommend using a standard USB stick tho, since they tend to be REALLY slow! I have a USB drive that I made into my windows restore disk, It has my windows installer, all the drivers I need, and my steam backup.
gentlefury is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 24, 2012, 03:35 AM   #9
anirudh
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: India
Did it a couple of days ago and it couldn't have been easier. Insert a USB drive, start bootcamp, select the Windows 7 Image and let it do the rest! It will prepare the USB drive with the ISO file, download all necessary drivers, restart the mac and start the windows installation.. 'Just works'
__________________
Custom gaming rig (the Beast)
iPad Air
iPhone 5
anirudh is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 24, 2012, 05:22 AM   #10
David085
Banned
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
MBA Superdrive or external USB power dvd or blu-ray drive
David085 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 24, 2012, 05:49 PM   #11
legaleye3000
Thread Starter
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
I just did as all of you suggested and the option to Create a Windows Install Disk is greyed out...

I made an iso of my Windows 7 CD and stuck my usb drive in (formatted for ms-dos, master boot record), 16gigs).

Any suggestions? Thanks.
legaleye3000 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 24, 2012, 06:57 PM   #12
PittAir
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by legaleye3000 View Post
I just did as all of you suggested and the option to Create a Windows Install Disk is greyed out...

I made an iso of my Windows 7 CD and stuck my usb drive in (formatted for ms-dos, master boot record), 16gigs).

Any suggestions? Thanks.
Reformat it with Disk Utility in FAT32 if you have not already and retry.
PittAir is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 24, 2012, 07:17 PM   #13
legaleye3000
Thread Starter
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
You can't format it FAT32 in disk utility. Only Fat16 or some other FAT... However, I reformatted it and its still not working.
legaleye3000 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 24, 2012, 08:44 PM   #14
Pharmscott
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Sacramento, CA
Quote:
Originally Posted by legaleye3000 View Post
You can't format it FAT32 in disk utility. Only Fat16 or some other FAT... However, I reformatted it and its still not working.
First, I recommend using a 8gb stick, not a 4gb. Bootcamp will load the Win ISO and a bunch of drivers during the process so you need >4gb since that's the approximate size of the ISO alone.

For the formatting, you could do it manually but if I remember correctly, Bootcamp will do it for you. Be sure the Win ISO is on your desktop so Bootcamp can find it or it will appear greyed out.

----------

Quote:
Originally Posted by legaleye3000 View Post
Is there any way to install Windows using only remote disk or no?
No, this is not supported. I researched this on Apple.com and it says it can't be done. It makes sense since the remote disc is a software thing and you're rebooting from one OS to another.
Pharmscott is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 24, 2012, 08:45 PM   #15
legaleye3000
Thread Starter
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
I'm using a 16gig and the iso is on my desktop... Still greyed out... The way I created the iso was in Disk Utility, then create image, then I chose DVD Master, then I renamed the extension from .cdr to .iso.

Any suggestions? Thanks.
legaleye3000 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 24, 2012, 10:19 PM   #16
legaleye3000
Thread Starter
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Would it not work if I currently have Windows installed on the machine I'm trying to create a usb install disk on? I'm using another mac (with a cd drive) that has windows installed using boot camp to make this usb install disk for my macbook air... Or would that not cause that option to be greyed out? Thanks.
legaleye3000 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 25, 2012, 11:29 AM   #17
Bob Coxner
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
The way I did it was to put the ISO on a 4gb USB stick. I put that in one USB port. I then put a blank 8gb USB stick in the other USB port. Started boot camp and walked away. I only had to do anything when it came time to download drivers. Worked like a charm for me. 2011 13" MBA.
__________________
MBA i5 13/4/128, iPad 1, iPad 3, iPod Touch 5g
Bob Coxner is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 25, 2012, 11:40 AM   #18
legaleye3000
Thread Starter
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Weird... So Bootcamp was looking for the ISO on the thumbdrive. For some reason, it doesn't think its on my desktop, but it is...
legaleye3000 is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Notebooks > MacBook Air

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
HELP for BOOT CAMP on macbook air early 2008,macbook air 1,1 abraarukuk Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac 2 Jan 11, 2014 03:51 PM
Help with boot camp on macbook pro? jasondude Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac 0 Mar 25, 2013 02:06 PM
13 in Macbook Pro Boot Camp Help forfoon MacBook Pro 4 Jul 1, 2012 01:57 AM
MacBook Air Boot Camp Driver Observation KPOM MacBook Air 2 Jun 22, 2012 05:52 AM
MacBook pro with Retina, boot camp XFactorer MacBook Pro 25 Jun 14, 2012 06:18 PM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:10 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC