MBPr and windows 7/8 without DVD drive how do I download it

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  1. SilentLoner, Nov 9, 2012
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    SilentLoner macrumors 65816

    SilentLoner

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    Hello, I wanna be able to dual boot Win 8 on my macbook pro retina. Obviously it doesn't have a disc drive and I want to buy the digital copy how do I go about doing this and installing it on my macbook?
     
  2. Ccrew macrumors 68020

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  3. royal shrimp macrumors member

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    Download full windows 8 .iso is bootcamp helper to upgrade if want fresh install
     
  4. SilentLoner thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Please be more specific. If I buy the windows 8 downloadable copy can I copy it to a USB drive
     
  5. Hpye macrumors 6502

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    so you have your old macbook pro? i have the old macbook pro and i used the remote disc sharing to install the software. What it does is that you put the CD into your old macbook and wirelessly share it with the rmbp.
     
  6. Geckotek macrumors G3

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    So if I understand correctly, you haven't purchased it yet?

    Do you own or have access to a Windows machine? (XP/Vista/Windows 7)
     
  7. identity macrumors 6502

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    Just go to Microsoft's website, search for Win 8, then download and buy it. Then make a USB bootable drive if you want to after that.
     
  8. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    I think you can also use Target Disc Mode to do the same thing when connected directly with a FireWire cable, and that will be much faster than over WiFi.
     
  9. Hpye macrumors 6502

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    but you will need a firewire adapter? which you have to buy one
     
  10. Rhinoevans macrumors 6502

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    Get the Windows 7 USB-DVD tool. with an ISO files u can create a Bootable USB with Win 7 or 8
     
  11. Daniel L macrumors 6502

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    These are official links from Microsoft and Amazon

    Download ISO here:

    Windows 7 ISO Direct Download Links
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    32-bit Windows 7 Ultimate x86 ISO

    Amazon.com: http://174.129.85.117/data/Windows7Ultimate32bit.iso

    64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate x64 ISO

    Amazon.com: http://174.129.85.117/data/Windows7Ultimate64bit.iso

    32-bit Windows 7 Home Premium x86 ISO

    Digital River: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65732/X15-65732.iso

    64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium x64 ISO

    Digital River: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65733/X15-65733.iso

    32-bit Windows 7 Professional x86 ISO

    Digital River: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65804/X15-65804.iso

    64-bit Windows 7 Professional x64 ISO

    Digital River: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65805/X15-65805.iso

    Start Boot Camp Assistant (it comes with your rMBP). It will automatically find the Windows ISO file you just downloaded. Insert a USB Flash drive that has no important stuff on it. Boot camp will format and make your USB flash drive boot into the Windows install screen after partitioning the SSD to reserve space for Windows.
     
  12. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    Just a FireWire cable, no adapter necessary. Yes, you have to buy one, they're about $3 on MonoPrice. Depends on how long you're willing to wait. Plenty of people have FireWire cables already.
     
  13. Sesshy macrumors newbie

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    By MBPr I take it you have a retina model, yes? All you need is an .iso, which you'll get as part of whatever download of Windows 8 you might purchase. Be sure you get x64 rather than x86 so you can utilize all of your RAM. In OSX, all you have to do is go to Applications -> Utilities -> Boot Camp Assistant, instruct it to make a bootable USB flash drive with the .iso you downloaded (it's the first option in the pane if I remember correctly), and then have BCA allocate some free disk space for a Windows partition (one of the two remaining options there). None of the tools for creating a bootable drive linked here are necessary; all you need is the .iso and Boot Camp Assistant. Also, have boot camp assistant download the support files to the root of the flash drive after you've formatted it with the .iso. After the flash drive has been set up and the drive partitioned, reboot while holding down the option key; if you don't see the flash drive showing up, reinsert it at the device selection menu; select the option that isn't EFI boot (I think it's labeled boot camp, but I'm not positive), and in a few seconds you'll be in the Windows 8 installer. Don't forget to have your license key handy. Do you need any further direction beyond there?
     
  14. royal shrimp macrumors member

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    yes you can.
     

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