Windows 7 install without boot camp

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by bingunginter, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. bingunginter macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2011
    I'm going to buy the new 2011 mac mini. I like the hardware but don't care about the mac os and don't want to use it all.

    I will be replacing the hard drive with my vertex 2 ssd.
    Is there a way to install Windows 7 on the mac mini on fresh empty hdd from usb flash drives.

    I already have the windows 7(ultimate) installation on usb flash drives.

    On the pc its easy, go to bios, choose boot from usb. I'm not sure if it is the same with mac.
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    You can install windows on a mini, but it is not as simple as just booting from the right instal disk. You are trying to create a hackintosh, and you'll get more help from a forum that specializes in hackintoshes. Try or similar.
  3. farmermac macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2009
    Ignore that first guy

    Stick USB drive in

    Boot while holding option key on kb

    Pick USB drive, you can partition and format the drive just like you would any pc

    You'll probably need some drivers from the apple site, I think they are available as a package
  4. bingunginter thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2011
    thanks, seems like no difference than pc, awesome.
  5. accessoriesguy macrumors 6502a

    Jul 8, 2011
    Since mac users run windows on their macs, and some windows users run hackintosh OS X on their windows. Maybe you should be a trend setter and install hackintosh OS X on windows on the mac mini :D
  6. head honcho 123 macrumors 6502

    Dec 18, 2008
    New York
    i'd still recommend downloading the boot camp drivers for windows from apple.

    i don't know if the thunderbolt port will work with windows 7...
  7. scottsjack macrumors 68000

    Aug 25, 2010
    I've got Windows 7 only running on a late 2009 mini 2.66GHz. It installed perfectly but was only partially functional until I loaded the Apple Bootcamp drivers from the install CD. That brought full functionality to the audio card and the optical disc eject button. All is great now. No OSX needed on that machine.

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