Need help with installing Windows 7 PLEASE!!!

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by mntnlvr43, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. mntnlvr43 macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2012
    Got a MBP a yr ago, got rid of bootcamp partition thinking I'd never use it but now I need to install windows. I bought Windows 7, bootcamp assistant wouldn't allow me to get past 1st step so I made a partition thru disc utility to put it in but I couldn't figure out how to do that. I then downloaded a free trial, (which ends tomorrow) of Paralles 7 and installed it that way. Is there anyone who can help me transfer it to my partition so that I don't have to pay for Paralles to keep windows? Appreciate the help. Thanks alot.:(:(:(
  2. cbowling816 macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2012
    re: Windows 7

    if you can't get it to work in bootcamp (which I'm not sure why you can't)
    then you could create a partition with disk utility

    then boot a gparted live cd use the gui partition program to convert said partition to ntfs format

    and use the gdisk command line utility (CAREFUL)
    to convert the partition map to hybrid

    in your hybrid partition map you want the boot partition at the beginning (gdisk will offer to make this for you)
    and the ntfs partition in the hybrid mbr

    after writing the changes you can reboot while holding the alt key and choose your windows 7 disk (not efi, as this won't work by default)
    and install as normal has more about gdisk

    but you might try downloading bootcamp, and if you are on os x lion then boot camp assistant is already installed (its in utilities)
  3. Rorlow macrumors member

    Jan 12, 2011
    Detroit, MI
    try free trial of Fusion & transfer virtual machine, might be a much easier solution, if you like Fusion, than pay the $50 for a legit license

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