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Is it possible to install Windows 7 on Retina MacBook with a shared CD drive?

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  • My school provides Windows 7 Ultimate upgrades to students
  • My friend installed Windows 7 normally even though it's technically an upgrade (burned the .img file to a DVD using Disk Utility and installed it through the Boot Camp Assistant tool in Snow Leopard)
  • I own a 2008 MacBook which has an optical drive
  • I own 1, 2 GB thumb drive and 1, 4 GB thumb drive


Is it possible to install Windows 7 through my Retina MacBook Pro through a shared CD connection with my 2008 MacBook?


I tried using the Boot Camp Assitant tool.

  • I burned the Windows 7 upgrade .img file to a DVD with Disk Utility just like my friend
  • I copied that DVD as a .cdr file to my Retina MacBook using the shared CD connection and Disk Utility, and changed the file extension to .iso
  • With the Boot Camp Assistant, I set-up my 4 GB thumb drive
  • When I get to the "Create a Partition for Windows" screen and I press install, I get the message "The installer disc could not be found".


The DVD is in my 2008 MacBook and I mounted it on the Retina MacBook. The 4 GB Windows set-up thumb drive is connected to the Retina MacBook.


I'm confused as to what I'm doing wrong.


Any help is appreciated.

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)


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