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Why won't boot camp recognize the windows installer disk

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jpirone Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Oct 28, 2011 7:57 AM

I've got an early 2011 MBP 13" and whether i burned the iso file to a DVD or an actual disk image of the iso file to a dvd boot camp just keeps telling me that the disk isn't a windows install disk.  I don't want to have to go buy a copy of windows to check if that works given that I am not sure that boot camp will even install windows correctly in Lion given all the problems I've read on here with it.  Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (10,570 points)

    In all your reading here did you happen upon the need to burn the disk at the lowest speed, 2X?


    You read about problems here because this is where people discuss their problems. There are many more people having no problems at all. You just won't find them posting here.

  • TStam Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)

    For what it's worth, bootcamp works flawlessly on my 2008 mac pro with Lion. I have Win 7 X64 on its own drive. The version 4 bootcamp drivers work much better than the older 3 series. You can get them and install them to a thumb drive with the bootcamp assistant. It seems to me that your iso might not be compatible or with the desired license scheme. Is your iso/disk a full version or upgrade? Also, Bootcamp 4 with Lion only works with Windows 7 Vista or XP.


    Hope this helps

  • Noble Seven Level 4 Level 4 (2,685 points)

    How exactly did you burn the iso to the disk? What was your process? Because I had the same problem you described in your OP, and I found that I had burned the iso improperly. So, what was the process you followed to burn the iso to the disk?

  • Noble Seven Level 4 Level 4 (2,685 points)

    Ok, that is wrong. To burn the iso to a disk, you first need to open the Disk Utility program, which is in the Utilities folder in Applications. If your cd is inside the computer, you should see it in the left pane. Select it. At the top, you will see the biohazard symbol that says "Burn". Select that, and find the iso file on your computer, and burn it.


    It should now work fine.

  • Noble Seven Level 4 Level 4 (2,685 points)

    No. Your iso file is fine. All you need to do is burn the disc using the Disk Utility like I said, rather than just right-clicking and selecting Burn. When I installed Windows before, I did what you did, and it didn't work for me either.


    Use Disk Utility.


    Although, if your disk is DVD-RW, then it is not rewritable and you need a brand new disc to burn the iso to.

  • DennisKharin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same problem and did exactly what u sad, still not seeing the Win7(((

  • wlees Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)



    I made an account here specifically to thank you for your help.


    I know you probably don't think it's a big deal, but this knowledge was very important for my job and it saved me when I was coming to wits end.


    Thank you so much.

  • Nick Vanish Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same problem and i have done this before i went to this discussion. It still wont work for me. I have bootcamp version 5 don't know if it makes a difference. I burned the iso image to a DVD-R. When i put it into a normal pc computer it reads it as a windows 7 home 64bit installer disc. But when i put it into my mac while using bootcamp, nothing happens and it asks me to put the disc inside. Even tho it's there.


    Would really appreciat if anyone could help me, plz reply.

  • Mohys Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey Nobel Seven,


    Your solution solved my problem, I wasted couple of disks and still wondering what was the problem with the ISO, burned it even in windows and it didnt work. Your menthod worked flawlessly, thanks a lot for your solution.

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