How do I make Vista install on bootcamp?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by dmurray14, Oct 12, 2006.

  1. dmurray14 macrumors member

    Oct 31, 2005
    I have the vista RC1 DVD and I set up a 22 gb partition in boot camp. I go to restart, all works fine, except when I get to the point where I select the partition to install to in the installer (clicking on the 22gb one) it tells me it is "unable to find a file system volume that meets its criteria for installation"

    What am I missing? Seems like it's seemless for everyone else.


  2. br0adband macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2006
    I had that issue myself the first time out.

    Here's what I had to do:

    I got rid of RC1 and located a copy of RC2 (not hard for me since I'm a beta tester with a Connect account). RC2 installed flawlessly so I'm making an assumption that the install routine was modified somewhat to account for changes with Boot Camp 1.1.1 - I could be and probably am wrong with that statement, but I'm just telling you what worked for me.

    RC1 would not find any space to install on; well, it did one time but that was because I installed XP onto that partition first - afterwards, when I installed Vista it worked fine because the partition already existed. It seems RC1 has issues with how Boot Camp is passing off the partition info.

    Worst case scenario: Install XP onto the Boot Camp partition you created, once it's installed, install Vista on top of it, formatting the partition cleanly. That should work fine, just takes twice as long to do it. :)

    Hope this helps...
  3. mrcammy macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2006
    Try boot camp again but make it a 35gb partion. This way it forces ntfs file system. should work...
  4. fishkorp macrumors 68020


    Apr 10, 2006
    Ellicott City, MD
    not necessary, Vista only does NTFS. i installed Vista RC2 on a 15gb parition in BootCamp with no problems. just created the partition in BC, rebooted, and selected that partition in the Vista installer. worked like a charm with latest BC build/version.

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