Resolved Installing Windows on a Mac Pro 2009 with Yosemite without using a DVD

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by englishman, Apr 27, 2015.

  1. englishman, Apr 27, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2015

    englishman macrumors 6502a


    Nov 6, 2006
    I've been trying all day to install Windows on a 2009 Mac Pro where I don't have a Windows DVD or blank to create one.

    I would just be interested to see if I can get it to install via USB or other method (I want native Windows not virtual machine)

    I managed to get a boot to a Windows 10 installation this morning then it kept crashing when installing graphics drivers so I gave up that method and thought I'd try Windows 7.

    Since then I have managed to fiddle Bootcamp to create a USB but it is not recognised when rebooting to start the thing off. My feeling from googling around is that the USB is a 3.0 and my Mac Pro 2009 only supports booting from a 2.0.

    On the other hand how did I get it to work this morning with 10 even then I couldn't get it to complete properly? (Maybe I've broken the USB drive somehow?)

    if all else fails I guess I will have to get a blank DVD and create a Windows disk from my ISO image and try that way.

    But if anyone has any experience with this or ideas for me to try I'd be grateful. It seems so backward to have to resort to physical media in 2015. My mini and MBA both installed via this USB.
  2. z31fanatic macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2015
    Mukilteo, WA USA
    I haven't tried it but I have read that Windows 7 on a USB 3.0 always seems to give problems with older Macs like yours.
  3. englishman thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 6, 2006
    Its weird as with Windows 10 it started ok with my USB 3.0 but then Windows kept crashing once installed and booting was tricky. So USB 2 ports can definitely read USB 3 drives and boot from them (with W 10).

    Anyway I decided to start from scratch even a clean install of OSX (having fiddled with Bootcamp sources) and get a blank DVD to burn a Windows 7 ISO so I am going through the Bootcamp process now with Windows 7.

    Haven't burnt a DVD in years...
  4. englishman thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 6, 2006
    And breathe...

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  5. englishman thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 6, 2006
    lol :) - yeah its all tickety boo - a 50p (50c) investment in a DVD would have saved me a day - ah well.

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