installing window 2008 server on mac mini

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by bac3bac0mm, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. bac3bac0mm macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2012
    i have tried to install win 2008 server x64 standard on mac mini, my steps are as following:

    1. add a partition using the partition tool provided by max os
    2. reboot, insert window 2008 server dvd
    3. press c to boot with the dvd
    4. there are four partitions i saw in window installer
    - boot partition
    - mac partition
    - mac recovery partition (6XX mb)
    - the newly formatted partition

    but finally i can't install the window on newly formatted partition, the error message is "windows cannot be installed on this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style"

    Anyone knows how to solve the problem?
  2. AnonMac50 macrumors 65816

    Mar 24, 2010
    By the partitioning tool, do you mean Disk Utility or Boot Camp Assistant?
  3. PaulKemp, Dec 10, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2012

    PaulKemp macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2009
    Like it's been said, I think you should try to use Boot Camp to setup the OS instead of just the disk utility.

    When you use Boot Camp it's emulates a BIOS lauyer, it's not installed via EFI as you are trying to do. So I think the error is related to this.

    if you want to install without the emulated BIOS, refer to this thread:
    Win7 x64 booting natively via EFI (no bios emulation)
  4. bac3bac0mm thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2012
    Dear all,

    I successfully installed windows 2008 server, but there several problems.

    1) when i restart, it automatically boot to window, how do i enable the boot menu, i want to enter mac os

    2) where can i find the drivers? lan, audio, usb all driver the windows don't have.

  5. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    1) What happens when you hold the Alt/Option key at boot? Anything?

    2) All the Windows drivers are in a package that is downloaded by Boot Camp Assistant in recent versions of OS X.

  6. bac3bac0mm thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2012
    1) still boot into the windows server

    2) have to login mac os first to download

    i'll try to use some boot menu software in windows
  7. bac3bac0mm thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2012
    All problems are solved using bootcamp driver. :D

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