Problems installing windows 7 (w/ Lion)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ohknarf, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. ohknarf macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2011
    I have a 2011 Macbook Pro 17" (i7, Radeon HD, Thunderbolt...) I had a SSD (Intel X25-m) with OSX and an Opticbay with my HDD in it, Windows use to be on the HDD but failed to boot once I upgraded to Lion. So I formatted my HDD and tried to install Lion on the SSD partitioned but no luck with bootcamp...

    so I searched different threads and tried...

    -Fresh install Lion with SSD+HDD+external DVD and gave that a go (Bootcamp partition on SSD)
    -rEFIt with Bootable USB stick SSD+HDD and gave that a go (windows --> SSD)
    -SSD+superdrive and tried that
    -Remove Lion and clean install Snow Leopard with SSD only and gave that a try... and failed too :eek:
    (w/ PRAM reset)

    Since Lion came out... I'm out of luck with windows
    I dunno how many times I removed my bootcamp partition over and over again might need a new SSD if I keep at it
    Right now with SSD+superdrive in my computer (w/ Snow Leopard) I tried to installed windows via bootcamp I would get stuck at the white screen with a question marked folder flashing... could it be the window 7 CD? I got an OEM Home Premium 64bit version... or disk volume ID fdisk? any ideas? Help :(
  2. shardey macrumors 6502a


    Jan 28, 2010
    Try using the windows disc on another computer to see if it may be bad. This might not be of any interest to you but have you tried installing windows without bootcamp? I had to do that with my 2.66ghz 32bit efi mac pro to be able to use the 64-bit edition. Everytime I want to boot into windows I have to hold down option as my mac is booting.
  3. Hey Jude macrumors 6502a

    Hey Jude

    May 9, 2008
    Or you can use an application called Refit . I have used it with Snow Leopard, currently with Lion o my MBA, and it works flawlessly on my computers. It makes the bootcamp experience much more pleasant.
  4. homelessgator macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2011
    Installing Windows 7 without installation disk

    I'm a new Mac user and have a 13" MacBook Pro w/Lion. I purchased a down-loanable version of Windows 7 and I'm trying to figure out how to load it. I also have Parallels 7 installed. Searching different forums I keep seeing copy the ISO file but I can't find that in the files I downloaded.

    Please help if able.
  5. dgitalchaos macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2011
    I was having the same problem, so I tried a different method that worked:

    1. Install the Superdrive and install one of your drives.
    2. Install Windows 7 onto that drive using the disk, but do not install the Apple drivers.
    3. Make sure Windows boots normally (press and hold option when you power on the MacBook and select Windows drive).
    4. Remove Windows drive and install Lion on the 2nd drive if not already installed.
    5. Put both hard drives back in, boot into Windows, and install the Apple Drivers.
    6. Upon reboot, holding option should let you select Lion or Windows (or recovery partition).

    Hope that helps.

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