Installing Windows Help

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by TOwens8one, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. TOwens8one macrumors newbie

    Dec 31, 2007
    My Macbook Pro optical drive is not reading anything, it accepts them, then spits them out. I'm trying to install Windows through boot camp in Target Disk Mode with my brothers laptop and when im suppose to insert the windows disk i do so and press start installation, and i get " insert your windows installer disk" The cd seems to be read as it shows up on my the "host" desktop but it wont recognize it when i click install. Any idea why or solutions, Thank
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    I'm fairly certain that's not going to work--to run the Windows installer it essentially needs to have the disk read as if it were on an internal, bootable drive. I'm not so sure that a disc mounted via TDM in another Mac is bootable at all--I don't think it sees the mounted computer's drive as an actual optical drive, rather than just external storage. Regardless, I'm nearly certain it won't work with Windows. I don't even think Windows would install via a "real" firewire optical drive, though I admit I've never tried.

    You could confirm by starting up the MBP with the option key held down and see if the external disc shows up in the boot list (a properly working Windows install disc should show up at that point).

    As for a better suggestion... no guesses. Is your brother's laptop an Intel Mac? If so, you might be able to install Windows on your MBP with the MBP mounted via TDM, although I'm not too optimistic even that will work.

    Incidentally, if I'm wrong and you can get some variant of TDM and Windows installation working, please post with how and what worked, since it'd be useful info to have.

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