bootcamp without optical drive, please help before i kill somebody!!!!! lol

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  1. bill phillips, Feb 26, 2013
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    ive been reading around and i cant seem to find a thread that answers my exact questions, so i apologize if one does exist, but thats why I'm starting a new one.... ok heres the scenario, i got a 27 inch iMac (new, late 2012) i need to run bootcamp on my iMac, i have no cd drive obviously, my question is is there a way to download windows to my usb stick drive and then use that to burn the iso image from the bootcamp assistant onto my iMac? and can you please explain the steps i would need to do this because everything im reading on this seems to be contradicting the other and im ready to start smashing things lol. thanks guys
     
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    If what you need is windows 7 you can download the ISO's :

    http://www.mydigitallife.info/downl...cial-32-bit-and-64-bit-direct-download-links/
     
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    Bootcamp assistant will help you put the ISO on to a USB stick, follow the instructions and at some point it will ask if you want to make a bootable drive, that is where you use the downloaded ISO to mount it.

    I did this on my Mac Mini (late 2012), but I have a Windows PC next to me, I used that to burn the ISO off my Windows Ultimate DVD (using this free tool), then I used the Windows USB tool to mount the ISO to my USB and the rest was just like doing it from a DVD.
     
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    Please follow the procedure on this thread I started few days ago. http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1547309

    If you have a question then please post it in that thread.

    If you follow it exactly then you shouldn't have a problem installing the Window OS on your new iMac as I did.
     
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    i just got a message after clicking continue that says " boot camp only supports 64 bit windows installation on this platform, please use a iso file for 64 bit windows installation...wtf does that mean, i just downloade the 64 bit windows 7 professional.

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    ok cool, which thread though man theres no link

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    nvm got it, thanks
     
  9. justperry, Feb 26, 2013
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    That's what I got too but you don't need bootcamp to install windows, you can do all (Except downloading Bootcamp drivers) from within Disk Utility.
    Open Disk Utility (DU), click on the ISO, not in DU but on the file, you will then see it will appear in DU, then click on the ISO and on the restore TAB, drag the ISO to the source and under it drag the USB stick to target, hit restore and it goes, be aware all data is lost on the USB.
    Then, also in DU, resize(partition) the disk into two partition, up to you how much you want to have for windows, then hit the start button, it will take mere minutes to finish, you should name the new partition before going ahead, otherwise you can not rename in in the default OS X NTFS driver.
    Now, if all is done restart and hold the option key, the boot manager shows up, choose the USB stick and then follow up with install.
    You need to use Bootcamp assistant to download the drivers and put them on a stick, another one is the best way.

    Edit, if you can not partition the windows disk in DU with NTFS just use FAT32 and format it later when you install to NTFS.(Change)
     
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    ok ill try that in a few and let you know how it goes
     
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    jp im doin what you said, after i put the iso in source then the usb in destination i hit restore and then i get a message saying could not validate source, invalid argument.. wtf. did i do something wrong
     
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    What is the name of the file that you downloaded ?

    Did you download the 64 bits version ?
     
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    i was under the impression that that was the windows 7 i downloaded, apparently it was just the drivers, so now im in the process of downloading windows 7 as well
     
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    :eek: :p
     
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    "lease help before i kill somebody!!!!! lol" SUPER LOL!!!! :D haha...

    There is an USB tool from Microsoft to make a booteable USB with windows inside it. Just write this in Google: "microsoft usb tool" and voila :D
     

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