Update: I've successfully installed Windows by re-burning my Windows .iso image at 4x. The install went smoothly, but Windows is now unable to boot. After installing and going through its series of reboots, then fails to boot after restarting (after given the option to select what method of updating you want Windows to use).
This is some of the stuff Windows says, on a black screen with white text, when the boot fails:
mcfg 0x8ee39000 0x3c 0x8ee0f000 0x195000 0x3
(insert a ton more of that ^ stuff)
recalculating checksums rsdt len 0x6c, xsdt len 0xb4
Booting Windows 7/Vista/Server (No SLIC - Pointer)
Booting Windows 7/Vista/Server (No SLIC)
Booting Windows NT/2000/XP
Booting Enter Command Line
Boot failed! Press any key to enter command line.
I've dug through various archived forum postings in the programming bowels of the internet. Apparently there was/has been/is a known issue in which Macs refuse to boot Windows when the Mac in question has a 2TB hard drive. This is due to some GRUB issue or something.
I have no idea what to do. I need Windows, and I'm quite sure no Genius appointment will help me solve this problem. So much for a Mac seamlessly running Windows via Boot Camp.
I believe Windows 7 needs a partition formatted as NTSF (it won't run on a FAT 16/32 formatted drive). As BootCamp doesn't do NTSF formatting, you can run the Windows 7 installer to achieve that from the Windows 7 Install Disk. Just be sure you select the partition that is open, and not your Mac OSX one.
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Message was edited by: Trancedog73
I had a similar problem. I installed boot camp on my late 2012 iMac using a windows 7 DVD in an external usb drive. Windows seemed to install successfully, but after trying to reboot into windows I got the command line screen with "Boot failed. Press any key to enter command line."
The solution is as follows:
1.Boot with the windows 7 install DVD (hold down option at startup and then select the windows DVD)
2. Pretend you are about to install windows, but when you get to the screen where you select a partition, press shift f10. This will bring up a window where you can enter commands.
3. Type bootrec.exe/fixMbr [enter]
4. Type bootrec.exe/fixBoot [enter].
Exit and reboot and this time you should be able to boot from your windows partition.