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Bootcamp -> Windows via USB on new iMacs

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oudenaardej Calculating status...
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Oct 24, 2012 9:38 AM

Dear Apple users,

 

I already asked the question in the iMac forum, but a poster there suggested I try to get this answered in the Bootcamp forum (which I didn't know existed)… so here goed

 

In short:

- I'm very curious on the options of installing Windows 7 on the new iMacs.

- I'm hoping that it's possible to install via a USB stick or HD, which so far I've never been able to succeed at with the previous iMacs (and I've tried that with numerous USB sticks and HD's, some of which do work on MacBooks via USB).

 

I heard/learned that on the previous iMacs, Apple turned this option off in the EFI, making it nearly impossible to install Windows via USB on these machines. Also, it feels a little silly having to buy the Apple USB Superdrive, which at this moment doesn't even officially support the iMac (for external installs), júst to install Windows ónce.

 

Here's my original discussion:

https://discussions.apple.com/message/20124905#20124905

 

Does anyone have some more information on this perhaps? I would love to be able to install it on Bootcamp via a USB stick or HD

 

With kind regards

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • dalstott Level 4 Level 4 (2,445 points)
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    Oct 24, 2012 10:03 AM (in response to oudenaardej)

    Here are links to reading material that will answer your questions. Follow the instructions exactly and you will have success. Regarding Windows games be sure to read and clearly understand the hardware requirements. If you only meet the minimal requirements you will have a poor game experience.

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4818

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3986

     

    http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/boot_camp_install-setup_10.7.pdf

  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (10,570 points)
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    Oct 25, 2012 6:54 AM (in response to oudenaardej)

    oudenaardej wrote:

     

    Is there an Apple employee on the forums who could give us an answer to this perhaps?

    No.

  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (10,570 points)
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    Oct 25, 2012 7:01 AM (in response to oudenaardej)

    I don't have a new iMac but from reading the Bootcamp Installation Guides I think that if your computer has an internal DVD drive you can not use the USB port to install Windows. Does this somehow impact the new iMac? Is the new iMac identified as supporting USB installation? I think until someone with more iMac knowledge comes along you should read the installation manuals. The answer likely lies buried in the manuals.

    http://www.apple.com/support/bootcamp/

  • dalstott Level 4 Level 4 (2,445 points)
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    Oct 30, 2012 5:53 AM (in response to oudenaardej)

    oudenaardej

     

    Have you tried this approach. It appears to be one way you can check it out by experience.

     

     

    From the manual

     

    You may be able to install Windows 7 with a USB flash drive that contains a Windows 7 ISO

    image downloaded from Microsoft.

     

    To check whether you can do so, open Boot Camp Assistant, click Continue, and see if the option “Create a Windows 7 install disk” is available.

     

    To install Windows 7 with a USB flash drive, you need the following:

    - An ISO image of Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate downloaded

    from Microsoft.

    - A USB flash drive with 4 GB or more.

     

    Boot Camp Assistant erases the flash drive, and copies to it the Windows 7 ISO

    image and software drivers that let Windows work with your Mac hardware

  • dalstott Level 4 Level 4 (2,445 points)
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    Oct 30, 2012 8:26 AM (in response to oudenaardej)

    Apple seems to not want to help the faithful do Windows.

     

    I did find another article you may find helpful as it addresses the "can't find" rejection.

     

    http://installingcats.com/2012/07/30/mac-bootcamp-4-mountain-lion-installer-disc -could-not-be-found/

  • armand@sg Calculating status...
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    Jan 14, 2013 2:37 PM (in response to oudenaardej)

    Hi TS,

     

    How is it going?

     

    Just wanted to know what you've actually found out regards this question you had in the past.

    I have actually recently purchased the new iMac and now just waiting for it to arrive. Like you I, intend to install windows on it for gaming purposes, too.

     

    Thanks in advance!

  • armand@sg Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 16, 2013 3:20 AM (in response to oudenaardej)

    Thanks for your update on this,, I'm looking forward in receiving my imac soon!

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