Problems booting Windows 7 on 11.6 MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Mikegs, Nov 3, 2010.

  1. Mikegs macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2010
    Hi guys

    Just installed Windows 7 ultimate on my 11.6 MBA (following the CNET guide using rEFIt for USB boot)

    I have 3 questions/problems

    1. After updating through windows update I get a "Blue screen of death" when trying to boot into Windows. Is there something about a certain MS upgrade, that should be avoided?

    2. When booting, prior to the actual loading of windows but after selecting windows in the boot menu, the screen is black with a cursor blinking in the top left corner.... For at least 30 seconds....??

    3. Is it possible to autoboot into windows (not osX) after a restart/shutdown (Right now it waits 15 seconds, then boot into OSX, if i don't manually choose windows)

    Thanks so much for any advice on these matters!!
  2. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Can't help with 1 or 2, but on 3, while in OSX, open up Sytem Preferences (or whatever it is called), select BootCamp, select Windows as your startup disk. After that, it'll autoboot into Windows until you elect to boot back into OSX from the Windows side.
  3. fuzzielitlpanda macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2008
  4. rotobadger macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2007
    I encounterd this problem yesterday after a fairly lengthy Windows 7 update. I eneded up rolling my system back to the previous day and everything is fine again. I don't know which update caused the conflict but, for now, I'm just staying put as everthing is working.
  5. elwood58, Nov 3, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2010

    elwood58 macrumors member

    Oct 26, 2010
    A security update that ends in "1957" for the KB number is the issue. Good news is that there is a fix for this problem.

    1. Connect a mouse to your system
    2. Go into Device Manager and disable Apple Multitouch, and Apple Multitouch Mouse in the HUman Interface Devices section.
    3. Perform all Windows Updates, you will not get BSOD
    4. Re-enable previously disabled multitouch items.

    You are now good to go. Have a great day!

    PS - In troubleshooting other issues, I made another driver disk using Bootcamp Utility yesterday. That driver disk would also cause me to Blue Screen Dump.
  6. Mikegs thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2010
  7. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    I don't know why the blinking cursor exists, but I can tell you that with a legit Vista Ultimate install (directly from Microsoft), I have the blinking cursor.
  8. fuzzielitlpanda macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2008
    does it blink for 30-40 seconds before showing the logo?

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