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MacBook Air 2013 Windows 7 freezes during installation

73606 Views 63 Replies Latest reply: Jan 26, 2014 12:42 AM by ccdoor RSS
  • cscordo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ugh-  having the dreaded "Expanding Windows Files" getting stuck at 68% EVERY TIME.


    This is my 3rd Macbook Air, and I've had no trouble installing Win 7 Pro in the past on the other two.


    I've tried every method I can think of... booting from USB, Superdrive + USB, Superdrive only.. it all results in "Expanding Windows Files" EVERY TIME.  I've followed the direction to a tee, installing every OSX / Bootcamp update.


    Also, I do have trackpad / keyboard support during installation, so it doesn't seem to be an obvious driver issue.


    If anyone has slipped in to a resolution for this "Expanding Windows Files" freezing issue, please speak up.  I've been working on this for 8 hours now.

  • cscordo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well.. I guess I was just impatient.


    After letting it sit for about 1.5 hours at 68%, it seemed to have overcome whatever inner demons were preventing it from moving forward, and its now moved forward to "Completing Installation"...

  • tech_anime Calculating status...

    Thanks khsaechao!!!! Your solution worked for me! Yay!

  • ccdoor Calculating status...

    Had the same problem, tried everything, but only khsaechao     solution worked. 


    "- Put a copy of windows 64 bit iso on desktop

    - Ran bootcamp wizard and selected create boot disk and download latest software (not sure exact wording but you get the idea)

    - Ran bootcamp wizard again and only selected downloaded latest software

    - Ran bootcamp wizard again and choose install windows"


    I have also read that newer Mac Air's need to have the USB boot disk on the left hand side (some change in the USB ports).  I ended up having to unparition the drive and then rerun boot camp and install windows as it still wouldn't work if I held option down and selected the windows boot USB disk. 



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