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How to boot from USB from Windows?

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nicros Calculating status...
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Dec 14, 2012 5:41 PM

I'm using a mac mini with a windows USB keyboard.  There is NO OSX on this machine- I added a new hard drive later and just partitioned it for windows.

 

I'm trying to find the hotkey combination to boot the system from USB.

 

Does anyone know how I can do this?

Mac mini, Windows 7
  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,840 points)
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    Dec 14, 2012 6:18 PM (in response to nicros)

    The option key brings up the Startup Manager, but it will only show volumes recognized as bootable by the EFI bootloader. On a Windows keyboard, that would be the alt key. It may not work if the keyboard is connected to an external hub.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,840 points)
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    Dec 14, 2012 7:59 PM (in response to nicros)

    An Apple Bluetooth keyboard will work. I don't know about others.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,840 points)
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    Dec 14, 2012 8:59 PM (in response to nicros)

    The C key will do you no good at all unless you're trying to boot from an optical disc.

  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (23,365 points)
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    Dec 14, 2012 9:26 PM (in response to nicros)

    The C key only works if there is an OS X Installer on the media.

     

    What exactlly are you trying to boot from and what OS is on it....?

  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (23,365 points)
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    Dec 14, 2012 10:18 PM (in response to nicros)

    I might be wrong because I have no use for windows os, but I don't think you can run windows on a Mac without first having OS X installed and then using Bootcamp to build the windows partition.

     

    Like Linc replied in his first post, you can not boot windows without the EFI bootloader.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,790 points)
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    Dec 14, 2012 10:12 PM (in response to nicros)

    (yes I know it's not supported)

    It's NOT supported.

  • woodmeister50 Level 4 Level 4 (3,690 points)
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    Dec 15, 2012 1:50 AM (in response to nicros)

    As it has been since the beginning, Windows can only boot

    from internal drives or partitions on internal drives.  Windows

    cannot be booted, other than installers, from any external drive. 

    This is not a Mac limitation but a Windows limitation.

     

    If this has changed for Win8, perhaps the bootloader in the Mini

    does not realize this and needs to be updated when an update

    is available.

  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (23,365 points)
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    Dec 15, 2012 7:21 AM (in response to nicros)

    Not with support from Apple or the ASC Forums, try some other Windowshack Forum.

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