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Installing Windows from a USB drive?

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Nov 19, 2012 3:33 PM

I am trying to install Windows (8, specifically, but that has nothing to do with my problem) on my MacBook Pro 15-inch, mid 2009 (3.06 Ghz Intel Core 2 duo, 4 GB 1067 Mhz memory) running OS X 10.8.2.

 

I have a Windows 8 ISO and a 8 GB USB drive, so it is my understanding that I should be able to create a Windows install disk on the USB drive using boot camp. This looks incredibly easy based on every tutorial I have found online, and if I got the screenshot they all show me, I'm sure I would have no trouble:

how-to-install-windows-8-on-a-mac-4.jpeg

 

However this is not the screenshot I get. Originally I was trying to do this last night on OS X 10.7, and I thought the issue might be with my version of bootcamp, but I have now purchased and upgraded to 10.8 and have the same issue with boot camp 5.0, that is my Boot Camp initialization looks like this:

Screen Shot 2012-11-19 at 6.18.33 PM.png

As you can see, I am missing the key option of creating a Windows install disk.

 

I've exhausted my google-ing capabilities trying to find out why my Boot Camp does not give me this option, or trying to find a work-around, but it seems to create a Windows install disk from an ISO on a USB without Boot Camp can't be done on a Mac.

 

Can anyone please help me resolve this issue?

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,395 points)
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    Nov 19, 2012 4:34 PM (in response to z92)

    z92 wrote:

     

    I am trying to install Windows (8, specifically, but that has nothing to do with my problem) on my MacBook Pro 15-inch, mid 2009 (3.06 Ghz Intel Core 2 duo, 4 GB 1067 Mhz memory) running OS X 10.8.2.

     

    I have a Windows 8 ISO and a 8 GB USB drive, so it is my understanding that I should be able to create a Windows install disk on the USB drive using boot camp. This looks incredibly easy based on every tutorial I have found online, and if I got the screenshot they all show me, I'm sure I would have no trouble:

    how-to-install-windows-8-on-a-mac-4.jpeg

     

    However this is not the screenshot I get. Originally I was trying to do this last night on OS X 10.7, and I thought the issue might be with my version of bootcamp, but I have now purchased and upgraded to 10.8 and have the same issue with boot camp 5.0, that is my Boot Camp initialization looks like this:

    Screen Shot 2012-11-19 at 6.18.33 PM.png

    As you can see, I am missing the key option of creating a Windows install disk.

     

    I've exhausted my google-ing capabilities trying to find out why my Boot Camp does not give me this option, or trying to find a work-around, but it seems to create a Windows install disk from an ISO on a USB without Boot Camp can't be done on a Mac.

     

    Can anyone please help me resolve this issue?

    You are nearly right, it can't be done on a Mac that has an optical drive, and yours does. Burn the ISO to a DVD.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,395 points)
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    Nov 19, 2012 4:41 PM (in response to z92)

    None that I know of.

  • gdmk Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Nov 19, 2012 4:53 PM (in response to z92)

    I can be done with or without an optical drive. See the following https://discussions.apple.com/message/20323891#20323891 it discusses exactly your problem re the missing option.

  • snape88 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 20, 2012 5:40 AM (in response to z92)

    Hello,

     

    For some reason although I have enabled this and been through the process of loading up the install and update files using bootcamp it still doesn't work. It seems the USB isn't recognised as a bootable device.

     

    I am running mac osx 10.7.4.

     

    Does anyone know why this could be happening..?

     

    Thanks

     

    Spencer

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