What happens went i turn off my computer mid install

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by BRUUUCE, Dec 4, 2006.

  1. BRUUUCE macrumors member

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    Installing bootcamp today on my iMac - the windows product key is on the OEM i purchased. I put the cd in (and dont write the code down) ..... install... now i need my key. I don't mine restarting this process but what happens to the partitions? will i lose everything? can i use this same partition when i try to install again? or any tricks how to get the cd out without messing up the install?

    thanks!
     
  2. thebeephaha macrumors 6502

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    Um... Yea your gonna have to do it again.. it as in everything. Like reformat and such.
     
  3. BRUUUCE thread starter macrumors member

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    i turned my computer back on this morning and it went straight to setting up windows again. so, how do i get the CD out? the first screen was a black "boot from CD" then the windows XP screen and then the set up. So i either need to figure out how to eject this cd from my imac or boot into os x.

    suggestions?
     
  4. ghall macrumors 68040

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    Start up while holding option. That should work.
     
  5. BRUUUCE thread starter macrumors member

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    im using a windows USB keyboard, is that just the windows key? or am i going to have to find a mac usb keyboard
     
  6. balamw Moderator

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    Windows Alt = Mac Option

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  7. BRUUUCE thread starter macrumors member

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    worked perfect, but the key isn't on the CD! so i either threw it out or i was shipped an OEM without a key. (i swear i saw it somewhere)

    since its OEM, I assume im out of luck obtaining another key through mircrosoft?
     
  8. balamw Moderator

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    Check with the vendor you bought it from. Here's an earlier thread with similar issues: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=217367 Good luck!

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  9. BRUUUCE thread starter macrumors member

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    called that number, directed me to an email, that email bounced.

    so, i think im going to break down and buy XP at best buy. ****** cause the installation did work i believe (i see hdd on computer, restarts in windows perfectly, just need that product key)

    thanks everyone for the help
     

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