Manual Windows Partition Help.

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  1. Link1010 macrumors newbie

    Link1010

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    Hello. I have been looking for an answer to my question for about 5 hours now, and I've just about had it.

    I have a macbook pro dual-booted with Mac OS X and Kali linux. However, now I would like to have windows 7 installed on it as well. So, I partition a portion of my SSD for windows (tried both NTFS and MS-DOS formats), but as soon as I boot up from my windows install DVD and try to do I clean install on my drive, it says it cannot use that drive as it has a GPT partition table so it cannot install. Does anyone know a work around to this? I know bootcamp supposedly does something to the partition to make windows think that it is a mbr partition, so is there anyway to manually do this? I'd rather not have to remove kali linux to use bootcamp to add windows. Also I have refit and refind installed.

    /dev/disk0
    #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
    0: GUID_partition_scheme *960.2 GB disk0
    1: Apple_HFS Macintosh SSD 860.0 GB disk0s1
    2: Apple_Boot Recovery HD 650.0 MB disk0s2
    3: EFI 20.3 GB disk0s3
    4: Linux Swap 911.2 MB disk0s4
    5: Microsoft Basic Data BOOTCAMP 78.1 GB disk0s5

    Please tell me what other info you would need to better asses this situation. Any help is appreciated.
     
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    The newer rMBPs will partition Boot Camp natively as GPT, because newer OSes now support UEFI booting.

    Windows 7 has lousy UEFI/EFI support.

    Use Windows 8/8.1 instead. I installed the UEFI version of Windows 8.1 natively without any problems. It runs far smoother than the BIOS version.
     
  3. Link1010 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have a windows 8 install disk, but upon installation, I get the exact same error as with windows 7
     
  4. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    That's because you probably got a Windows 8 installer with BIOS only.

    My copy of Windows 8.1 was made for both BIOS and UEFI.
     
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    Could you tell me how to get a windows 8 disk with UEFI or find out what copies have UEFI
     
  6. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    ISO images from MSDN are made for both BIOS and UEFI.
     

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