Creating an ISO file out of Windows 8 for BootCamp?

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  1. bcwarlock4352 macrumors newbie

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    Hi, Im new to this site but Ive recently run into some trouble.I bought a download copy of windows 8 to install in boot camp on to my macbook pro.The only problem is its an exe file not an iso.Is there any way I can convert the exe to iso and put it on an external hdd to use with boot camp install.I have access to a windows pc if that means anything(not sure b/c I read on another thread it could help to use the windows pc somehow.)I really need help though because otherwise I just wasted $120 on windows that I can't even access.Oh and the pc that I have is running windows 7 if that is of any significance.
    Thanks for your help
     
  2. Quackers macrumors 6502a

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    The setup.exe needs to be run on a Windows machine.
    If you want a 64 bit iso then the exe must be run on a 64 bit Windows machine.
    Similarly 32 bit iso will be created if run on a 32 bit machine.

    The setup.exe is run and it downloads Windows. After a period of time you get the option to create install media. Choose that option.
    Then you get the option to create an iso file. Choose that.
    Once created, that iso file can be burned to a dvd as an image or Bootcamp Assistant can use it to create a bootable USB (if your machine can boot from a USB stick).
     
  3. bcwarlock4352 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So do I actually install win8 on my pc or does the download process allow you at some point to make the iso before you have to do the entire windows setup on the pc?
     
  4. Quackers macrumors 6502a

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    No, you're not installing it at all. You're just downloading a Windows system then creating an iso file that you can use elsewhere to install Windows.
    Choose the steps above correctly, otherwise you'll need to download the file again.
     
  5. xcodeSyn macrumors 6502a

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    Just follow the Option Two of this guide since you got a PC running Windows already. Save the ISO on the desktop in the end, then make a copy to your MBP.
     

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