Install Windows without Drive

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by wndzr, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I have a new iMac 27" but I do not have an external drive in order to install Windows from a disc - is it still possible to install Windows on a partition on the new iMac without the drive?

    I have a copy of Windows saved as an image on my desktop.

    Any help much appreciated.
     
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    ljonesj

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    if you have a windows 7 disk there is a way but i dont how to go about getting it work to make a usb windows 7 you image may be able to work with the boot camp that can make a windows 7 usb boot bot sure thou

    if you have another mac or pc lying around that has optical you can try boot camp on the other mac
     
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    Dweez

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    A copy of windows saved on your desktop - is it an ISO of the windows distro media or a copy of your windows installation?
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    Yes, if its an iso image just start bootcamp and plug in a USB drive. The program will guide you through the rest, it's fairly easy.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the responses so far. I don't think I made it too clear what my issue is.

    I do now own a SuperDrive or any external drive - instead I have an ISO file with my copy of Windows. Am I naive in thinking that a program like VM Ware would be able to help with this?
     
  6. macrumors regular

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    go buy an 8 GB USB flash drive keychain (about 5 dollars) that is the USB drive AndiS is telling you to use... if you have one you are all set... if not 8GB for $5 should be enough...
     
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Right - this makes a lot more sense once I'd read it again! Thank you everybody.
     

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