9 Replies Latest reply: Mar 19, 2011 9:49 PM by AlanPMatthews
iNayR Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
*I Literally just received this 11.6' Macbook Air two days ago and was very excited to start using it. I was planning on running Windows 7 on an external USB drive but was shocked to find that my upgraded OS doesn't have Bootcamp Assistant. Is there any way to get it without re-installing my OS?*

11' Macbook Air, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • Asatoran Level 4 Level 4 (2,535 points)
    From the Apple knowledgebase:

    [MacBook Air (Late 2010): Installing Windows 7 drivers|http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4407]

    [Boot Camp - Installation & Setup Guide for MacBook Air (Late 2010)|http://manuals.info.apple.com/enUS/Boot_Camp_Install-SetupLate2010.pdf]

    ...I was planning on running Windows 7 on an external USB drive...


    On other Macs, [it is not possible to run Windows from an external hard drive.|http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3777] Something about Windows resetting the Firewire and USB ports during boot so Boot Camp only worked with a partition on an internal hard drive. I do not know if that had changed with the Macbook Air.
  • iNayR Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I just read this yesterday so I know it's possible: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-31012_7-20020513-10355804.html
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (250,785 points)
    Yes, it's possible but you will need access to a Windows system in order to use the utilities needed to install a modified boot system on a USB flash drive.
  • iNayR Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes I already know that you can boot Windows with an external hard drive, but my problem is that my Mac doesn't have Bootcamp Assistant.
  • Asatoran Level 4 Level 4 (2,535 points)
    iNayR wrote:
    I Literally just received this 11.6' Macbook Air two days ago ...

    Yes I already know that you can boot Windows with an external hard drive, but my problem is that my Mac doesn't have Bootcamp Assistant.


    You are certain that Boot Camp Assistant was not located in the place specified in the [link|http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4407] I posted above? Otherwise, since it is a new computer, restore it from the included USB restore "disk", so that you'd get the Boot Camp Assistant.
  • iNayR Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    So I just decided to re-install Snow Leopard and I finally have it now. I don't understand why it wouldn't be there in the first place though.
  • Clyde Graham Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    That will allow you to INSTALL windows from a USB drive. You will still not be able to run Windows from an external device. The Windows installer will run from an external device, as it is not a full version of Windows. Windows itself will not. There are a lot of reasons for that, some of them are software issues, and some of them are hardware issues.

    As an example, you're running Windows from a device on the USB bus and decide to put the machine to sleep. When the machine wakes up,the USB bus will re-enumerate (or, you attach another device)... Windows doesn't deal well with having the boot device move, which is what could happen.
  • Clyde Graham Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Wait, did you install Snow Leopard from DVD or did you use the USB stick that comes with the Mac Book Air?

    The version of the Boot Camp Assistant for the current Mac Book Air isn't the same as what's on the Snow Leopard DVD. That might cause problems...
  • AlanPMatthews Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am in that situation right now! I've installed Windows 7 64Bit on my new 11" Macbook Air native with no bootcamp. I think I've sawed off the branch I was sitting on because I didn't create a bootcamp driver CD before I did the install and now I can't create one.

    I can't create one because the Macbook Air drivers are unique to the MBA and all I have is Snow Leopard DVD which does't have the right drivers.... urrgggghhhhh

    So unless I can get around this I need to trash my Win64 install reinstall OSX on the MBA then download the Win64 bootcamp drivers from there and then reinstall Win& 64Bit.

    Doh.

    a.