Installing Windows via .iso

NikkiJayne

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Mar 23, 2012
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So I have a (base model) rMBP which of course means no optical drive. I downloaded an OEM version of Windows 7 64 bit to see if I could get it to install, and if so purchase a license for it.

So I tried installing via popping the .iso on my external Samsung hard drive, and then I tried using Daemon Tools Lite. Both methods resulted in 'No bootable device' (I had a slight panic attack until I realised via my old Dell that this didn't mean I had broken my Mac!)

Anyhow, does anyone know how to get this to work? I've had a Google but almost all forum topics I find are to do with installing via optical drive, and I really don't wanna buy one because I will never use it again.

I realise I am probably doing something really stupid but since this is my first Mac I rescind all responsibility ;)
 

chrfr

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Jul 11, 2009
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So I have a (base model) rMBP which of course means no optical drive. I downloaded an OEM version of Windows 7 64 bit to see if I could get it to install, and if so purchase a license for it.
Open up Boot Camp Assistant, and choose the option to make a USB Windows installer in that. You'll need a USB flash drive.
 

eeclipse16

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Jun 19, 2012
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So I have a (base model) rMBP which of course means no optical drive. I downloaded an OEM version of Windows 7 64 bit to see if I could get it to install, and if so purchase a license for it.

So I tried installing via popping the .iso on my external Samsung hard drive, and then I tried using Daemon Tools Lite. Both methods resulted in 'No bootable device' (I had a slight panic attack until I realised via my old Dell that this didn't mean I had broken my Mac!)

Anyhow, does anyone know how to get this to work? I've had a Google but almost all forum topics I find are to do with installing via optical drive, and I really don't wanna buy one because I will never use it again.

I realise I am probably doing something really stupid but since this is my first Mac I rescind all responsibility ;)
HOW TO: Install Windows 7 from USB using boot camp on 2012 Retina Macbook Pro.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KhhnW3fIRw&list=UUC9dbH8hr2rOZSMznJK0M4g&index=0&feature=plcp
 

NikkiJayne

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Mar 23, 2012
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England
I must have done something wrong the first time because it installed this time without a hitch from my external hard drive. But geez, does it run hot!