Currently Being ModeratedAug 20, 2011 7:47 PM (in response to AdamLamar)
Thank you! Great post. I'm running Windows 7 on a Mac Pro and just use my Mini as an HTPC, but this is great information for running Windows 7 on the Mini.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 22, 2011 8:31 PM (in response to AdamLamar)
1 - When I made my iso from the DVD then make the USB in bootcamp, it was not recognized in the next step. Found the USB did not have the windows files. It was formatted to boot, but no windows install files. I just copied the files fom the DVD to the USB at that point, then it was recognized. I tried this several times with the same result. Not sure why this was happening, but it may happen to you.
2 - The bootcamp files can be copied to the same install USB. So you only need one 8 GB sitick. Makes it easier to do and save in case you need to do it again some day (reload your disk).
Hope that helps someone.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 23, 2011 11:47 AM (in response to user1724)
Let me add that bootcamp uses a default partition size of 20GB. I set mine to 32GB. A fter loading Winsows 7, nothing else other than getting it current with updates, I had 6GB left. Just FYI when deciding how much space to allocate. Seems to me that 32GB would be about the minimum anyone would want to allocate.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 27, 2011 8:04 AM (in response to AdamLamar)
2011 15" macbook pro:
In step #9 of your post Adam, you write:
" Now choose the top option (in BootCamp assistant) to create the install disk from an .iso file, choose the file on your desktop you just created, choose the 8GBthumbnail drive as your destination and continue ... "
The only options I get in BootCamp are: "Create or remove a Windows partition" or "Start the windows installer"
Nowhere in the process am I ever presented with the option to "... create the Install disk."
Am I missing something or are you working with a different version of BootCamp?
Thanks for any help, Jon
Currently Being ModeratedSep 29, 2011 1:00 AM (in response to AdamLamar)
Good Guy ...
Had been looking for this solution since two weeks, and it made me nervous a lot. I bet that using an Apple DVD drive makes no trouble for installing windows from a silver disk. But who will pay that price?
Thanks for your excellent post ...
Currently Being ModeratedOct 3, 2011 1:54 AM (in response to AdamLamar)
You can also make an ISO file this way:
From within Terminal (Applications->Utilities->Terminal)
You can determine the device that is you CD/DVD drive using the following command:
Vendor Product Rev
MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-825 DAM5
Type: CD-ROM Name: /dev/disk1
Cur Write: 16x CD Sessions: 1
Max Write: 16x CD Tracks: 3
Overwritable: 00:00:00 blocks: 0 / 0.00MB / 0.00MiB
Space Free: 00:00:00 blocks: 0 / 0.00MB / 0.00MiB
Space Used: 66:55:27 blocks: 301152 / 616.76MB / 588.19MiB
Now you will need to umount the disk with the following command:
diskutil unmountDisk disk1
Now you can write the ISO file with the dd utility:
dd if=/dev/disk1 of=file.iso
When finished you will want to remount the disk:
diskutil mountDisk disk1
Currently Being ModeratedOct 7, 2011 10:15 AM (in response to Jon\'s Alias)
I have the same probleme i don't understand what he mean !
Currently Being ModeratedDec 7, 2011 7:21 PM (in response to AdamLamar)
Thank you. Same exact problem, resolved through these instructions. Mac Mini i5 dual core.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 8, 2011 4:54 AM (in response to AdamLamar)
I dont have this problem because all I did was having an iso of my Windows 7 and just create an Windows 7 bootable device from bootcamp assistance and then you choose your usb and your iso and it puts it on there if you dont have any wrong iso or something it will work and then download windows support and then create Windows partition thats it
Currently Being ModeratedDec 8, 2011 9:34 AM (in response to ctrl-shft)
Glad it worked, ctrl-shft!
Currently Being ModeratedDec 8, 2011 9:39 AM (in response to gidisus)
gidisus, thanks for the input. I'm such a dinosaur until I ran into this, I didn't even know what an .iso was. I always had computers with internal optical drives so this threw me for a loop, as it did Apple care as well.. your comment nicely sums up what you have to do - had I known would have saved me a lot of time. I am noticing also that this is where we are headed - almost any DVD I pick up for software has a sticker "No optical drive?".. then gives instructions for downloading and inputting the DVD key. In fact for the most part I don't even buy DVDs now because it's so much easier to download. Didn't want to in this case since the Windows Installation is a very large download; and my office's internet speed is so-so..
Currently Being ModeratedMay 5, 2012 3:30 PM (in response to AdamLamar)
Kudos to the OP.
Followed his instructions and successfully installed Windows 7 Ultimate x64 from start to finish without a hiccup. It was so easy, I couldn't believe it.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 7, 2012 3:15 PM (in response to AdamLamar)
Thanks OP! I bought a new mac mini and a seperate drive, but I had no idea it would be this hard to bootcamp. It was easier when macs had drives. The directions were spot on...the only hard part was finding the apple drivers after the install. I wish they would have named the folder something more obvious...like bootcamp drivers.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 8, 2012 10:01 AM (in response to tpm1999)
I feel that the Mac isn't as "easy" as it used to be -- at least when it comes to upgrades and installations, etc. I love Apple. But sometimes I feel like they need to do more "real-world testing" before releasing things. They should also still offer an internal optical drive if they are going to make it a huge hassle to do basic things like install Windows onto Bootcamp from a DVD.
Sometimes I wonder why Apple has become like this -- where they seemingly make things harder for their users, and just don't seem to care. Perhaps it is because their beta testers are their software developers -- programmers. I.e., people who generally know unix like the back of their hand and don't think the way most people think.
It would be good if Apple overhauled its product testing, and implemented some kind of outreach program for beta testing that involved getting regular people to go through the process of upgrades and installations, to figure out what kinds of problems might crop up. I believe if they did this, then they would have discovered problems like the one featured in this thread, and many others, and been in a position to correct that problem prior to releasing the final version of the product.
Because I feel that Apple should not release products with these sorts of problems. I acknowledge that Apple will always have some problems in its products. However, I wish they would take a more user-friendly attitude.
I am posting this here because I hope that someone at Apple reads these messages, someone in a position of power there who cares enough about enhancing the user experience to actually do something about it, and implement new measures within Apple to change the product development cycle in such a way that problems like this are caught and fixed prior to release.