Having trouble installing Windows 7 on MBA 11" 2012

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by PhazonUK, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    So I've partitioned my SSD using Boot Camp Assistant and created a Windows install USB with Windows 7 Professional 64-bit.
    Everything does what it should until I get to selecting the partition in the Windows setup and I get the error "SETUP WAS UNABLE TO CREATE A NEW SYSTEM PARTITION OR LOCATE AN EXISTING SYSTEM PARTITION".

    I've tried starting from the beginning and re-partitioning but I just keep getting the same error.
    Even more annoying is that I only deleted my Windows 7 install yesterday as I wanted to make a fresh install so I now it has previously worked.
     
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    Acorn

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    even though mac will set a partition aside for windows you still have to format it during your windows install then after its formatted choose that drive as a target for the install process.

    just be careful that you format only the windows partition and nothing else.
     
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    TouchArchive

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    The best way is VMWare or Parallels
     
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    77slevin

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    No, it's not. you'll take a performance hit when using virtualization. If you want Windows to use the full resources of your computer, Bootcamp is the way to go.
     

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