Can I install Boot Camp using the Dell Drivers and Utilities DVD?

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  1. Amazee Dayzee macrumors newbie

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    I ask because I thought I could, but it freezes up when it restarts only giving me a "Working…" screen. Am I doing something wrong?
     
  2. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    No, they don't include the Windows installer. (that is on a recovery partition on the computer hard drive itself most of the time)
     
  3. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    jessica is correct when you buy a dell the OS comes pre-installed and the disc they provide is to restore that computer to factory, its not a full verison of windows
     
  4. hiddenmarkov macrumors 6502a

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    the dell disk install is looking for dell hardware. They burn information in the firmware and your install disk is looking for that. I know with server line serial is burned in as I do not activate a fresh server install....it wakes up after install all done and activated not typjng in a key.


    Best you can do, windows 7/server 2008 and below as I have not done windows 8/server 2012, is get a virtual to fire up off the install disk. Activation may not work however. I do this for quick and easy testing and do not want to burn a license from our bulk corp license numbers. Basic vm....test something...and ditch it after. Guess whatever hardware vm software presents to client good enough to run for a bit. I do this with dell hardware clients as well so maybe it greases the wheels.
     

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