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daroga

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Dec 13, 2011
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Hi all!

Trying to install Windows 7 for the first time on my older 13" MacBook Pro (Late 2011). The machine doesn't have an internal DVD drive anymore; using a USB drive. On boot to install windows, the drive is accessing for a little bit but the screen only sits at a black screen with a blinking white cursor.

I've read a bit that this may be a missing driver issue, but I've not been able to do anything to solve that yet. Does anyone have any thoughts? The Mac side is running Yosemite if that make a difference.

Thanks!
 
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macenied

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Aug 20, 2014
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Fairly involved and also not guaranteed to work.

Mind to share or provide a link ? I am very interested in such a workaround, I want to boot Windows PE from an USB stick for Windows Image Backup recovery. My MBP ( 7,1 ) has an optical drive.
 

macenied

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Aug 20, 2014
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Mind to share or provide a link ? I am very interested in such a workaround, I want to boot Windows PE from an USB stick for Windows Image Backup recovery. My MBP ( 7,1 ) has an optical drive.

Whatever the reason may be, it just works now.

Last time I tried using:

Windows 7
Windows PE 3.0
former Rufus version ( to prepare USB stick )
former Macrium Reflect version

- could not boot Rescue USB media

Now using:

Windows 10
Windows PE 5.0
latest Rufus version 2.2.668
latest Macrium Reflect version 6.0 Build 753

- MBP 7,1 boots Rescue USB media without issues

"Problem" solved :)
 
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