can someone hold my hand, and help me install win7 on a MBA?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by jayo123456, Dec 4, 2010.

  1. jayo123456 macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2010
    maybe im a, but i srsly tried everything (google, + all MR threads in this subforum).

    I have:
    legit win7 iso
    4gb usb key (blank)
    external HD (osx partitioned)
    access to windows machine

    Don't have:
    no external CD drive (and I'm not getting one)

    i swear I've tried everything. Got reffit installed and all, but it just refuses to recognize my usb as a boot drive.
  2. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    if you don't wanna get an ext DVD, then borrow one.
  3. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Read this thread: Two basic methods for installing on most Macs without an optical drive. Either use VM software to get the W7 files on your partition before the first reboot or use a throwaway partition on the internal to host your install files.

    On the 2010 MBAs some have also reported success in using rEFIt to boot from a properly formatted USB key. This doesn't generally work on all Macs, but may in your case.


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