Getting bootcamp to work on MBPwRD is a royal pain!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by primalyeti, Jul 3, 2012.

  1. primalyeti macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2012
    I have a MacBook Pro with Retina Display that I'm trying to get Windows 7 installed on via Bootcamp.

    I put my Windows disk in to my old MBP and created a .cdr of the disk, change the extension to a .iso and then used the Bootcamp Assistant on my new MBPwRD to create a USB installer of Windows. That goes fine and dandy, but when I finally get to the installation part, Windows craps out at the "expanding" stage and says some files are corrupt or missing.

    I've managed to get my hands on some other ISOs of Windows 7 to see if maybe it was just mine but no, it happens every time.

    What am I doing wrong and how can I fix this, please help! :(

    Also, my copy of Windows 7 is legal and legit, just in case anyone thinks i'm playing with pirates, arrrrr.
  2. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
  3. Feed Me macrumors 6502a

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    Jan 7, 2012
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  4. njean777 macrumors 6502

    Oct 17, 2009
    I had no problem installing it from a external drive
  5. MittyG macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2011
    Hey primalyeti,

    You're in luck because I've been struggling with this for the last month and only last night got it fixed with a little help from this link:

    Basically the gist is, you copy the iso files onto a hard drive which IS bootable if you install something like rEFIt.

    Give it a shot, you'll need a copy of Parallels installed to get you kick started.
  6. primalyeti thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2012
    This looks VERY promising! Going to try it out tonight when I get home from work. Thanks!
  7. jcpb macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2012
    I've wasted about 3 hours trying to get W7U to install via a USB3 flash drive. At the end I gave up and used an external ODD... and that took half an hour.
  8. primalyeti thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2012
    So I finally managed to get this working using a method that was similar to what was posted above, but I ran in to errors doing it that way so I had to improv.

    Here's how I did it:

    1. Partition with BootCamp, create install USB then let bootcamp assistant begin install.

    2. In Windows format drive to NTFS then exit installer and go back to OS X

    3. Set up a Parallels VM using bootcamp partition as HDD and installer ISO as CD drive.

    4. Boot via parallels in to bootcamp and select repair, then command prompt and type the following: XCOPY D:\*.* C:\ /e/h

    5. When it's done, shut down parallels

    5. Install rEFIt, disconnect windows installer usb and restart in to windows partition. The install will not proceed as planned.

    Hope that helps someone.
  9. jcpb macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2012
    Why not install Parallels AFTER you have finished installing W7 on Bootcamp, and have Parallels run the Bootcamp as a VM?
  10. DrJohnZoidberg macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2012
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  11. daleski75 macrumors 68000


    Dec 10, 2008
    Northampton, UK
    And here was me thinking Bootcamp was easy as 1,2,3! Never had any issues with bootcamp on my MBA so curious as to why the rMBP would be any different.
  12. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

    Jul 28, 2011
    Seems quite a bloated method. IIRC, I just booted into the rEFit drive after partitioning, formatted the partition from the windows install screen then continued to install from there.

    Then again, as is is for the retina display version I can't verify that method.


  13. primalyeti thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2012
    Ya it was a pain in the arse because there's no disk drive on the rMBP and for some reason the USB drive installer than Bootcamp Assistant created didn't work properly.

    Now my laptop is acting all weird so when 10.8 comes out I'm going to reformat the whole drive and just borrow a buddies external drive for my bootcamp partition. And for those who are going to ask, he only told me he had it... AFTER i went through hell and back.
  14. cgully macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2012
    BootCamp assistant created a bootable USB thumb drive for me flawlessly with a Windows 7 ISO, worked the first time. Perhaps try a different thumb drive?
  15. bugout macrumors 6502a

    May 11, 2008
    is everything!
    The rMBP USB creater didn't work for me either. I created a bootable usb drive in a parallels virtual machine using win2flash. Then I installed windows on an external SSD via thunderbolt.
  16. unwinded macrumors regular

    Jul 31, 2007
    MS has ISOs for all versions available for free download. No piracy since you need the license to activate. Speed depends on your connection but it might be faster than messing with getting that image to work.

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