Early 2011 MBP Boot Camp Windows Help

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  1. sublingual.sidekick macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    I'm trying to install Windows on my MacBook Pro using Boot Camp but constantly run into "The Installer Disc Could Be Found".

    I'm so lost. I've downloaded the ISO file from Windows but that's not findable. I have not purchased any licensing keys or anything at all.

    Is my computer too old to install this way? Do I need to use a hard copy DVD/CD disc? I have been trying to use it with my HP 16GB USB formatted to MS-DOS FAT.

    I've tried messing with the .plist file in textedit but it was locked and I couldn't adjust anything. Also, will I lose any functinality if I do mess with the .plist?

    Thank you all!
     
  2. Darmok N Jalad macrumors 65816

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    What version of Windows are you attempting to install? If it's Windows 10, the 2011 MBP probably doesn't "officially" support it, though that's not to say you can't do it anyway. It would probably be why you can't get Bootcamp Assistant to find and use your ISO. I'm assuming you're following these instructions to start the process:
    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201468

    EDIT: Wrong support link
     
  3. sublingual.sidekick thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That looks like the link I was following yes. I would also be fine with Windows 8. Any of the instructionals I've followed on youtube or other posts are outdated and don't solve my issue. I have downloaded both Win8.1 and Win10 and neither will populate in the Boot Camp.
     
  4. Darmok N Jalad macrumors 65816

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    Can you get your hands on a USB DVD drive? They are fairly cheap on Amazon. Might have to burn the ISO to a DVD and try it that way.
     
  5. sublingual.sidekick thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Can I use the dvd drive on my MBP to burn that?
     
  6. Macbookprodude macrumors regular

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    Hello, just to chime in.. I too have a 2011 MacBook Pro and wanted to know if Windows 10 will install under bootcamp ?
     
  7. sublingual.sidekick thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Apple Tech Support told me Windows 10 will work on my machine. But they won’t walk me through the installation.

    I’m over here googling like “hOw To GEt WinDoWS on MaCKboOK”... “How tO UnLoCK .pLiST fILeS”... “WHy DoEs bOOtCamP hAvE a MiSSinG cHeCkbOx?”

    Basically I know zilch about the “behind the scenes” of a computer... like Derek Zoolander; it’s INSIDE the computer?
     
  8. Darmok N Jalad macrumors 65816

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    Yes, I didn’t realize the 2011 still has the drive. You can right click on the Windows ISO and burn it to the SuperDrive. Once you do that, make sure that disc is inserted and then try bootcamp again.
     
  9. sublingual.sidekick thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Unfortunately, it did not work. :( So now I’m wondering if I should try (or if I even can) buy windows 7 to install. Or if I just need to buy a new computer.
     
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    Are you also making the USB drive of the Bootcamp drivers? What happens when you try to install Windows?
     
  11. sublingual.sidekick thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I check both of the boxes presented by the boot camp assistant; there is no box that allows me to choose the ISO option. I have the “support software” (I think that’s the drivers that make the keyboard and camera function on windows) from the first checkbox description.

    When I try to install I get the new dialogue box that says “The installer dosc could not be found”.
     
  12. Darmok N Jalad macrumors 65816

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    Is your thumb drive also inserted when you reboot?
     
  13. sublingual.sidekick thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes it is inserted
     
  14. Darmok N Jalad macrumors 65816

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    It's possible that because Windows 10 is not officially supported, you can't go the Bootcamp route.

    There are likely unsupported ways to install Windows 10 on it, but you won't be using the bootcamp route. What version of MacOS do you currently have, and what is the format of your hard drive?
     
  15. Macbookprodude macrumors regular

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    I have High Sierra and just want to install Windows 10 on this thing. Certainly, this has been done, right ?
     

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