how to install Windows on 2012 Mac Mini?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Hessel, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. Hessel macrumors member

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    I have a 2012 Mac Mini core i7 & for some reason I can't install Windows on it!

    When I run the bootcamp installation app everything runs fine until it has to restart. then it starts from the Windows partition & all i get is a black startup screen with a white cursor stripe & nothing happens.

    even when I specifically start up from the Windows DVD (holding ALT, & selecting dvd at startup) nothing happens.

    i've also tried it on my Macbook Pro 2010 & it works fine. why is this?
    is there a workaround?
     
  2. mdgolom macrumors 6502

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    If you just want to run Windows and don't care about doing it under Bootcamp, I would suggest taking a look at VirtualBox from Oracle. It's free and works well with Mac. I've used the free PC version as well to built SQL Server clusters and didn't have any problems.
     
  3. RicWeb macrumors newbie

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    usb flash

    Hi,
    I had the same problem. I had to create an image of the dvd onto a usb flash drive using disk utility and it worked first time.
     
  4. Hessel thread starter macrumors member

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    hm interesting. so it doesn't work with DVDs but it does work with usb flash drives?

    (btw I have an USB superdrive)

    and what version of Windows did you instal? windows 7 or 8?

    after restarting, did it boot automatically into the windows setup with no problem?

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    yes I know about virtualbox, but no, I want to run windows native.
     
  5. RicWeb macrumors newbie

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    Yes

    Yes I have a USB SuperDrive but it won't work. You have to create the setup by creating an image in disk utility then create the USB flash drive via boot camp. I installed windows 7.
     
  6. Unseelie23 macrumors newbie

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    I have installed both with the USB Super Drive and also from USB stick to my Mac Mini... it's not that the external DVD drive will not work, it's that it will not work if you have more than one storage device attached.

    So, if you have DVD + USB stick, or two USB sticks, or a DVD drive + an external hard drive, it will fail. Sadly, this isn't spelled out anywhere that I can find.
     
  7. RicWeb macrumors newbie

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    I had the same connected devices when I installed windows with the flash drive and this worked. I also previously unplugged everything whilst trying to install via the DVD and it still didn't work. Weird that it works for some and not others.
     

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