Installing Windows via HD.

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by AppleReviving!, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. AppleReviving! macrumors newbie

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    My macbook has been successfully partitioned with os 10.4.11 and Windows Xp. however, my XP no longer works and completely crashed. I don't have a cd drive, and my external cddrive does not get read at bootup. :/

    Anyways, i was wondering if it is possible to install Windows through the hard drive itself. I mount the iso onto the partitioned windows drive, but i am completely confused on what to do next. How do i get the hd to boot the mounted iso, instead of looking to load windows... My current Error states: invalid Boot.ini... Ntdetect failed.

    Any help, questions, comments, inquiries are greatly appreciated.
     
  2. gugucom macrumors 68020

    gugucom

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    XP like all genuine, modern Windows versions will not install unless you use an internal optical drive. There are methods to reduce the system and put it on a USB stick (google Bart-PE) but it is not genuine Windows.
     
  3. balamw Moderator

    balamw

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPad; U; CPU OS 3_2_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/531.21.10 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.4 Mobile/7B500 Safari/531.21.10)

    There is a trick you could use in the thread on installing Windows without a Superdrive. I'm on my iPad so it's hard for me to find the link.

    Install the ISO using VM software targeting a physical partition.then complete the install booted natively.

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