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Latest MBP 17", can't boot into Windows 7 or XP installs

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Hobyx Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 13, 2011 7:20 PM
I just got a new MBP (the latest 2011 17" model with ati graphics) and I'm having no success getting windows to boot on the thing.

I'd first tried loading the Win7 system image I made from my previous laptop (the 2010 17" i7 MBP with nvidia graphics) onto an NTFS partition and was greeted with nothing but a blinking cursor. I tried a bunch of windows commands trying to fix the boot code and the master boot record, they didn't help. I tried installing windows fresh but as soon as it rebooted from the dvd installer, all I got was another forever blinking cursor screen. I can't get to the F8 screen or any other pre-boot windows controls. The installer diagnosis says nothing is wrong. I also tried loading an install of XP to another partition and that gives me a brief blinking cursor screen followed by a completely black screen. It's of no help either.

Does anyone have other suggestions? Has anyone else successfully installed Windows on the latest Macbook Pros?
Macbook Pro 17", Mac OS X (10.6.6), 2.3ghz i7, 8gb RAM, 740gb HD
  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,365 points)
    Use Win7
    Unibody MBP, 13", Mac OS X (10.6.6), Hybrid HD
  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,365 points)
    Using Boot Camp delete the partition you made, make a new one at least 60g, using the windows installer format it as NTFS, install Win7 (XP is NOT supported), when the installer and (if you can) you have rebooted into windows insert the OSX disc that came with the mac and install Win7 drivers, if that does not work post back.
    Unibody MBP, 13", Mac OS X (10.6.6), Hybrid HD
  • corso_sf Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Not working for me either. I have the 2011 MBP with the OEM SSD. Trying to install Win 7 Ultimate under Boot Camp. At the end of the install, Windows boots, but after 5 seconds, it shuts itself down. It tries to reboot, but all I get is a black screen with a single flashing cursor in the top left corner. Then it tries to reboot again, and gets stuck in that loop... So I can't even get to the point where I install the drivers.

    2011 MacBook Pro 15 with SSD, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • fkick1 Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
    I've got a 15" 2011 mbp and I'm trying to install XP onto it, but booting off the install disc freezes at "Setup is inspecting your computer's hardware configuration". Are there issues with the new i5's/i7's and 32-bit versions of windows?
  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,365 points)
    XP is not supported, use Win7
    Unibody MBP, 13", Mac OS X (10.6.6), Hybrid HD
  • fkick1 Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
    XP is not supported? According to apple's faq it's still listed...

    Is this specific for the new 2011 machines? Thanks!
  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,365 points)
    It is specific to the latest models only, but it is about time I think

    better yet:

    Message was edited by: Csound1
    Unibody MBP, 13", Mac OS X (10.6.6), Hybrid HD
  • fkick1 Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
    Thanks. Guess its time to go to Parallels or VMware. I need XP for some older drivers that were never updated for Vista or 7.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,365 points)
    Hobyx wrote:
    I finally got Windows 7 32bit running on my Sandy Bridge MBP by going through the COMPLETELY Apple-guided process of the BootCamp assistant.

    After countless dead-ends trying to cut up the partitions so I could triple or quad boot into different OSes, I obliterated them all and let the bootcamp assistant app redo the partitioning and prompting for a fresh Win7 install. This was less than ideal but it worked.

    After I got that installed, I copied some my previous configuration files (now in a .vhd file) and got some things back in place but there are many programs I'll have to re-install because they're not launching correctly (I assume because of registry entries and such).

    It certainly would have been a lot easier if I could have just restored my previous Win7 to one of the specific partitions I'd made. But then the transfer on the Mac OS side wasn't smooth on this latest MBP either.

    Does anyone know if this could have been a possibility, duping an existing bootcamp install from an older MBP and loading it onto a new one so that it would actually boot up?

    Unless the 2 machine specifications are identical then most likely no, but Win7's startup repair may be able to fix it.
    Unibody MBP, 13", Mac OS X (10.6.7), Hybrid HD


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