How would we install Windows7 on a (hypothetical) DVD-less iMac?

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  1. DeF46 macrumors regular

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    I'm curious: if the new iMac had no DVD drive, how would we install Windows7 ?

    I know there are no substantiated leaks on that, but I'm still curious as to how it would work, has anyone experience with this?

    Is this something you could do with another laptop ready, or would you need a preinstalled Windows7 to create some sort of flash drive installer ?
     
  2. Crazy82 macrumors member

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    Get a external ODD
     
  3. Occamsrazr macrumors 6502

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    Just buy an external drive. I've already got one anyway. They're cheap.
     
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    With any luck the next bootcamp will support iso images.
     
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    Downloading the license.
    Making an image.
    Accessing another Mac's optical drive.
     
  6. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

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    You folks all know that RIGHT NOW there is no DVD drive on MacBook Airs and Mac Minis, right?

    There's no need to speculate. Bootcamp assistant already supports it. Look on the Apple website for the answer.
     
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    DeF46 thread starter macrumors regular

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    No lol, if Apple removes the DVD drive and continues to maintain Bootcamp surely there would be another way? :)

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    Oh, good point, thanks.

    Very helpful post here:
    Okay so my next question would be: what is the easiest way to make that Windows7 ISO image? (because... I bought it o_O)
     
  8. forty2j macrumors 68030

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    If you already own the DVD, someone already posted the Unix command to extract the ISO. I recall "dd" was involved.
     
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    All I know is that when I wanted to install W7 on my Mini, Boot Camp asked me for the iso and offered to write the image onto USB.

    According to the official guide, it is a feature available to Boot Camp on certain Macs:

    http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/boot_camp_install-setup_10.7.pdf

    I imagine they would release similar versions to non-ODD iMacs or MBPs.
     
  12. DeF46 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks that's a bit weird it says:

    I guess that's enough hypothetical for now. But it's nice to know the option is there :)
     
  13. adnbek macrumors 65816

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    What's so weird about that? It does work that way already on Macs like mine that have no optical drive.
     
  14. DeF46 thread starter macrumors regular

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    That it's not 100% always there. Seems un-Apple like that you have to open the app and check if the option is there.

    I mean, why would they not leave the option to install from ISO on any Macs?
     
  15. adnbek macrumors 65816

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    Dunno. I agree with you though.
     
  16. thomasfrdavis macrumors member

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    seems they keep the option hidden on Macs other than minis and airs. I think its possible to unhide the option, I remember seeing it on another site (cant remember the name). any1 know how to do this? cheers..
     
  17. adnbek macrumors 65816

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    If you right-click the Boot camp app and choose "Show package contents", there is an info.plist file and there's an attribute called "USBBootSupportedModels" at the bottom with a list of models that support creating a USB stick. I bet editing that file by adding your model to the list (backup the original just in case) might just do the trick.
     
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    thanks for the info.. :)
     

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