Windows on mac messup

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by smattmul, May 7, 2008.

  1. smattmul macrumors member

    smattmul

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    just got my new 24" imac and already gave myself a headache

    trying to load my student versions of XP and then an upgrade version of Vista

    I got as far as XP looking and working well, (new to mac so ???)

    but when i tried to load Vista it asks for a drive to load to and all it has to select from is FAT type partitoned and not the desired one.

    More Facts...
    I loaded XP service pack 2 and then attempted to load the 32 bit VISTA

    I get an error message saying boot manager is screwed and i have to choice to attempt to boot from the disk i have in their (VISTA upgrade from XP)

    SO mabey i am asking HOW do i get the cd out?
     
  2. Lovesong macrumors 65816

    Lovesong

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    Well, a couple of things-

    First off, you should reformat your FAT partition to NTFS... and that means reinstalling XP, and losing your ability to see the drive through OSX.

    Second of all, I'm not really sure what you're asking, but if you need to eject the CD, restart the computer, and on boot hold down the mouse button until the CD is ejected.
     
  3. smattmul thread starter macrumors member

    smattmul

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    Windows on mac messup

    I start callling apple support in 5 minutes here.

    My boot disk is stuck ( Vista) and i am afraind the same thing that killed my pc has screwed my mac. I get a press key for boot. (vista cd) then when i do nothing

    BOOTMGR comes up
    then press crl+alt+del to restart. crl ald del does nothing

    i was attempiing to load windows without knowing what i was doing

    also partitioning is all messed up and vista will not load anywhere

    all files FAT type

    please get to me before techsupport

    THANKS BYE
     
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    Can you boot into Mac OS X? Did you use Boot Camp to partition your drive before attempting to install Vista?
     
  5. MacAodh macrumors regular

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    Do you have a timemachine back up? if so, might just be easier to start again from scrach...
     
  6. Lovesong macrumors 65816

    Lovesong

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    Did you boot into OSX?

    Try holding option (alt) on boot until you get to the boot disk selection. Click on the disk that has the little X on it.
     

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