First iMac Purchase

Discussion in 'iMac' started by sdavis891, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. sdavis891 macrumors newbie

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    I had posted here a while back asking whether I should go iMac or back to PC. I ended up purchasing the top end iMac, all the upgrades with the education pricing. I am a student and figured maxing it out would get me as future proof as possible for the next few years. (I know I know, their is no real future proofing but I hope you understand what I mean.)
    Some of you may ask why I did this was also primarily for the fact it's a printing related field. So heavily into the Adobe Suite, some Apogee, and what not. Another reason I had upped things such as the graphics card, and RAM was to enjoy some after work time with games.
    Here's where my question comes in. I've searched the forums but either their is nothing or I am completely dumbfounded on how to use the search feature properly. How do I bootcamp windows onto my late 2012 iMac without a SuperDrive? I've heard I could buy a student copy of W7 at my campus store for 100$ (CA). Not to sure seeing how I don't go back to school till after labour day.
    Are their any step by step instructions on how to do this, i've searched google but haven't found any really good dumbed down version and figured MacRumors would have something better anyways ha.

    Any help would be appreciated, Cheers.
     
  2. iF34R macrumors 6502a

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    If you have a legit license key for Windows 7, just download the official ISO to a thumb drive. Transfer it to the iMac. Start Boot Camp Assistant, and it'll lead you the way.
     
  3. sdavis891 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    where would I find the official ISO? and how would I place it on a USB.
     
  4. iF34R macrumors 6502a

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  5. Chippy99 macrumors 6502a

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    It might be quicker to rip it from your Windows install DVD - assuming you have one?
     
  6. sdavis891 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I don't have a superdrive remember. As well as I haven't picked up Windows yet.
     
  7. Chippy99 macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry, missed that ;-)
     
  8. iF34R macrumors 6502a

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    You can use the official install I linked to for 90 days without a license.
     
  9. inodes macrumors newbie

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    USB boot drives from ISO are easy to create (as explained in this thread).

    The disk utility can create iso boot drives for you easily.
    The Windows ISO is easy to download.

    Easy + easy = very easy :)

    Google has lots of articles. Google: disk utility create iso on os x

    Btw the SuperDrive is worthwhile. Best CD drive I've ever owned (and I've owned a LOT of them)
     

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