Install Windows 7 on MBA using another Mac's Superdrive?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Shambles, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2011
    Location:
    UK
    #1
    I'm getting a 2011 MacBook Air next week, and I'm looking to install Windows 7 on it. I understand that the Air can access other nearby Mac's Superdrives, but I'm not sure if this would work installing Windows 7?

    So what I'd like to do is insert the Windows install disc into my brother's MacBook and then access that on my Air over the network to install it.

    I assume this wouldn't work as I haven't seen any similar stories on the internet, but it's worth asking about I suppose.

    Thanks
     
  2. macrumors G4

    Night Spring

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2008
    #2
    The way to install windows on MacBook air is to use an USB drive. If you google there are guides telling you how to do this.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2011
    Location:
    UK
    #3
    I'm assuming I'll be able to use an SD card just like a memory stick? What program should I use to make the Windows 7 .iso bootable from the card? Thanks
     
  4. macrumors 6502

    fibrizo

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2009
    #4
    Not Having the 13 inch one, it's hard for me to be absolutely certain, but given how much trouble the EFI has given me and other people, I wouldn't be surprised if it needed to be off of usb flash drive.

    The boot camp installer will make a usb drive for you off of a windows iso. I believe it makes some modifications too, because it refused to boot and install properly another bootable windows 7 usb drive I already had made, and not to mention refused to complete an install of an external usb DVD drive with a windows 7 DVD in it. (Just trying to save you hours of frustration that many of us have gone through)
     
  5. macrumors 68020

    mulo

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2010
    Location:
    Behind you
    #5
    negative, the only way to do this is with a superdrive.
    the EFI refuses to boot a windows USB pen, even with rEFIt
     
  6. macrumors 6502

    fibrizo

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2009
    #6
    This is for the macbook pros only with that get bootcamp 4.0. Macbook AIRS use Bootcamp 4.0.1, which creates a bootable USB for you and REFUSES to boot off external DVD.

    PLease check your information before you post. (I own an 2011 air and pro)
     
  7. macrumors G4

    Night Spring

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2008
  8. thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2011
    Location:
    UK
    #8
    So I'll need to be using the MacBook Air's version of Boot Camp to burn the Windows 7 .iso to the SD card? Can't I burn it using a standard MacBook before the Air arrives so it's ready? Sorry for all the questions.
     
  9. macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2011
    #9
    Wait...so you cant install Win 7 from an external DVD drive on a 2011 MBA? I hope I am misunderstanding something as that was my plan...:confused:
     
  10. macrumors G4

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2010
    #10
    You can still use an external DVD connected to the USB port (that's how I got Windows 7 on my 2011 MacBook Air). That said, the USB approach also works now.


    This still works. See above.
     
  11. macrumors G4

    Night Spring

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2008
    #11
    Bootcamp downloads drivers particular to each Mac, so no, using a standard Mac's bootcamp isn't going to work for the Air. But really, what's the hurry? It only takes a few minutes to create the Windows 7 install USB.
     
  12. thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2011
    Location:
    UK
    #12
    Okay cheers, I may as well wait then.
     

Share This Page