Installing Win 8 no cd-room - Mavericks

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Begbie82, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. Begbie82 macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2013

    I have an early 2011 macbook pro that I have changed my cd/dvd-room with an ssd drive, this is now giving me problem when I'm going to install windows 8.

    My first warning is in bootcamp assistant that says:
    "You need an optical drive to install Windows".
    In earlier versions I could just make some changes in the bootcamp info.plist file, but what to do now?

    Anyone know a trick around not having a cd-room? PS! I'm not interested in buying one ;)

    Best regards
  2. iVikD macrumors regular


    Sep 11, 2011
    I believe the bootcamp assistant for that model will only take a Windows DVD from the internal optical drive, not USB key or external optical drive. I suggest looking into rEFIt ( which might let you boot into a Windows installation on a USB drive

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