Using MBP to install Windows 7 on Vaio via Network Boot. Need Advice.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by GrannySmiths, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. GrannySmiths macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I have a Sony Vaio with a broken DVD drive (cut a long story short I snapped it some months back). I have a Windows 7 ISO on my MBP but with very few options to install Windows 7 on the Vaio.

    I've tried to do it from USB, but copying the iso to USB using dd at the terminal don't seem to work (creates an unbootable USB). I can't modify Boot Camp assistant plist to create a bootable USB because I'm on on 10.6 and my version don't support it. So creating a bootable Windows 7 USB on the MBP seems impossible - unless there is software that will do it that I'm not aware of.

    The only option now is to do a network boot. But can the MBP host the Windows ISO so I can install it on the Vaio over the network and are there any guides that detail this? I've tried Google, but nothing written on Mac -> PC network boots/installs.

    I really appreciate any advice as I've been pulling my hair out for hours on this.
     
  2. GrannySmiths thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That software requires Windows though. I don't have another laptop with Windows only the MBP.
     
  3. Intell macrumors P6

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    Then you won't be able to install Windows.
     
  4. GrannySmiths thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So it's impossible to do a network install with the MBP hosting the Win7 .iso?
     
  5. Intell macrumors P6

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    Well, not without doing extensive retooling and adding a PXE boot server. As non-Macs can't use Netboot.
     

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