BootCamp hack to enable creating bootable USB

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  1. ben824 macrumors regular

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    I have a 2011 13" MBP with OS X 10.8 and would like some help with the hack to enable the feature in BootCamp Assistant to create bootable USB flash drives of Windows 7. I saw a youtube video going over it but can't find it again or any information on it. Can someone help provide information on this or find the youtube video?
     
  2. MacKid macrumors 6502

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    The only YouTube guide I found on creating a bootable Windows USB stick ended up not working for me because of the way the Mac bootloader intercepts your Windows boot. I couldn't find a way after hours of experimenting/Googling to get the Mac to recognize a Windows drive in the ding!-Option-key startup select. And if you don't have some flavor of Windows recognized there, you can't then get into the Windows BIOS for it to pick a different place to load from.

    The popular consensus is that Boot Camp only works if the Windows install is on your internal hard drive. But I'm really an amateur at this stuff.
     
  3. ben824 thread starter macrumors regular

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    i managed to track down the youtube video along with another one but the info.plist file on my mac is different from the one for the videos. But the videos are supposed to be for those with non-retina Macs (ones without bootable usb creation option in bootcamp assistant).
     
  4. w0lf macrumors 65816

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    Could you explain a little more.

    Are you trying to install windows on the macbook with just an ISO?
    Do you have another machine with windows on it?
    Do you not have windows install dvd?

    If your goal is simply to install windows on your macbook without a dvd then you can do that without bootcamp or any external devices using this guide: http://blog.laaz.org/tech/2012/04/24/installing-windows-7-on-macbook-pro-without-superdrive/

    If you have access to another machine that's running windows you can make a bootable usb with this: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool

    If you have a windows install dvd or even just a blank dvd you could probably use that to install with bootcamp
     
  5. ben824 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I actually finally figured it out. I modified the info.plist file to enable the "create bootable Windows USB" function on a non-retina MacBook Pro 2011 13". It was really easy actually. You go to Boot Camp Assitant in the finder and right click (old PC user here that why I call it right click when there is no right click) and click show package contents, copy and paste the info.plist file to your desktop, open it from the desktop with TextEdit, scroll down to the string line that says "<key>PreUSBBootSupportedModels</key>" and delete "Pre" from the string, replace the current info.plist file in the package contents with the new modified version and BAM! "Create bootable USB" will now be enabled in Boot Camp Assistant! I haven't tried it yet to see if it works ok but it is there now!
     
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  7. redAPPLE macrumors 68030

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    the "create a windows 7 or later version install disk" option does appear.

    even if i connect a usb drive (which i don't need or want, because i was thinking of creating a bootable usb), i get the error "no usb drive. there is no usb drive connected to the system…".
     

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