Installing XP with NO CD (Legal)

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  1. 2hondas macrumors regular

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    Hey everyone,

    My school (University of Waterloo) has a strong relationship with Microsoft, and allows students to download free copies of Microsoft software, for FREE, LEGALLY. Here is proof:

    http://www.housing.uwaterloo.ca/resnet/incoming/page2.html

    So I decided to download Windows XP Pro SP2. The file is an .EXE file. I want to install this on my MacBook, via Bootcamp. However, Bootcamp requires a Windows CD, correct?

    How do I install this using the .EXE file only?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    Erm the link seems to suggest they give out free versions of anti-virus software for Windows and Linux. How big is the .exe file...?
     
  3. 2hondas thread starter macrumors regular

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    Post edited.

    Its weird, the .exe file is 404 kb...
     
  4. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    my school had the same thing, called msdn

    the exe file is the file thats needed to download the iso if its anything like mine

    soooo go to your labs, download it and then burn the iso to a cd
     
  5. cwedl macrumors 65816

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    Is the exe file self extractable? may be it extracts to a location and will have either an iso file (as a download would be from technet) or a directory that you can just burn to disc.

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  6. 2hondas thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay, so I should go on my Windows desktop, and open the .exe file, download, then burn it on a CD?
     
  7. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    yea, burn it as a bootable iso
     
  8. OllyW Moderator

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    Check again and make sure you haven't downloaded the SP2 Service Pack?
    Edit: I had missed the 404 kb.

    I've downloaded full versions of Windows from Microsoft in the past and they have all been disc images, which you can burn straight to disk.
     
  9. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    well from my experience at my school with this, the exe is a program you run that then downloads the iso file
     
  10. 2hondas thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay, the file I download is an ISO file.

    How exactly do I burn it as a "bootable iso"? :confused: Do I just burn it like any other data file?
     
  11. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    you can do it with nero disk burner if you have it. otherwise you can move that iso over to your mac and use disk utility to do it

    just open the disk image in disk utility, select it and hit burn
    heres a link describing the steps
    http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20060619181010389&query=burn+ISO+file
     
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  13. Nordichund macrumors 6502

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    I'm doing a part time IT course and the college I attend have the Microsoft deal. I actually came across this problem. To cut a long story short I borrowed a DVD with XP SP3 already on it, and used the installation key Microsoft sent me, and it worked brilliantly.
    It's amazing I can download ALL Microsoft software for free, and I don't want any of it, unless it's part of the course.
     
  14. SHADO macrumors 6502a

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    LOL that's why you get a mac!!
     

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