Installing Windows 7 through bootcamp issues?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by thealpha1, Dec 16, 2015.

  1. thealpha1 macrumors member

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    Computer: Macbook Pro 2011 17" - Operating System: El Capitan

    Hey guys.

    Unfortunately I am experiencing some issues installing Windows 7 through bootcamp. I purchased Windows 7 earlier this morning as an online, digital download.

    I am going through the boot camp process on the Mac and when I am creating a partition, the progress bar is just sticking half way and will not move. This has been happening multiple times after trying to install it over and over again - I am extremely frustrated because I have pretty much spend the majority of the day trying to get my machine to run Windows 7.

    Picture of the progress bar stuck half way: http://bornurban.com/imgupload/image.php?di=LBG0

    I have even tried to format my Mac, installing a brand new version of El Capitan in the hopes of it would allow me to partition the HD but even that is taking 5 hours plus to do and I think that hangs..

    I am seriously pulling my hair out here.. any ideas guys?

    Thank you!
     
  2. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    It sounds like you may be having HD or HD cable problems. Run Disk Utility and select/run First Aid on your HD volume to see if there any errors.
     
  3. thealpha1 thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi there.

    Thank you very much for your reply. I have just checked what you recommended (Disk Utility -> run First Aid -> Everything seems OK).

    However, when I visited that page, I can now see that bootcamp has partitioned the HD.. maybe it crashed after it completed it? where do I go now to install Windows? when I run Bootcamp the software is asking me if I could like to restore it.

    Thanks!
     
  4. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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  5. thealpha1 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you very much for taking the time do to that for me.

    I am however, running into another problem. I have freshly installed Mavericks and now created a bootable USB drive to install Windows 7 but every time the computer restarts to install Windows 7, I get the following error "No booteable device -- insert boot disk and press any key"

    For whatever reason, the system is not recognizing it.. is there a tutorial out there to make sure that I am doing it correctly?

    Picture: http://bornurban.com/imgupload/image.php?di=6F4V

    Thank you!
     
  6. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    Mavericks and Yosemite will only loading the Windows 7 ISO from the internal CD drive for a 2011 MBP (for MBPs with a built in superdrive). They will not look for a USB drive. El Capitan will supposedly support using USB, I believe. Again I am not an expert so maybe other people are more familiar or get help from the forum I suggested in a my previous post.

    Here is a link to creating a Windows ISO CD:
    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203909
     
  7. thealpha1 thread starter macrumors member

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    Am I right in thinking that I am going to have to upgrade my Mac OS to maybe El Capitan again to hopefully install Windows 7?
     

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