If in Lion, use BC to create:
- a USB Windows boot flash
- download additional Apple software for windows, to be used after installation
- made partition
- install Windows, it will surely work
Do not forget to format BC partition with Windows utility before installation proper. Or format it as NTFS while still in Mac OS by using a utility like NTFS-3g.
As I see, that mac does not need any firmware update, so go for it.
Thanks for the reply.
I did use BC to create the USB stick. I also tried to create the USB on a WIndows Machine (just in case). But still can't boot from USB. What's the WIndows Utility you mentioned?
However, the BOOT ROM info on my mac mini says MM31.00AD.B00 and I can't seem to update the EFI Firmware. I get a message "This computer does not need this update" when I try to run the MacminiEFIupdate.pkg
BC stands for Boot Camp, NTFS-3g is a utility for Mac OS X allowing to format external disk as NTFS; also NTFSmounter, a tiny similar app.
Hm, if a certain EFI is needed, then yes; according to Matracker, your generation does not need any firmware update, perhaps your description is not accurate. Anyway, if a firmware update is needed, it should be detected by software update (initially, these updates were not detected, users had to pay attention to newcomers).
If the boot flash was created with BC and using a valid Windows disc or iso image, I do not see why it should not boot. Did you test the original? Is it indeed a boot Windows disk? BAsed on what you say, this seems the reasonable explanation.