7 Replies Latest reply: Jan 18, 2013 1:07 AM by erkutbas
zepheliason Level 1 (0 points)

I appreciate your practical help getting boot camp to work: Install.


Summary & environment

Boot Camp Assistant fails to  "Install?"

• MacBook Pro 15-inch, Late 2011 with Mac OS X version 10.7.3



Creating a Mac and Windows partition with "Boot Camp Assistant" software.



Step 1: Following Boot Camp Installation & Setup Guide (PDF document).

Step 2: Opening Boot Camp Assistant.

Step 3: Marking both boxes simultaneously:

               Box 1: Download the latest Windows support software from Apple onto a CD-ROM. Result: successful.

               Box 2: Install Windows 7. Result: successful.

Step 4.1: Creating a Partition for Mac OS X and Windows: Result: successful.

Step 4.2.1: Press "Install" button in Boot  Camp Assistant.

Step 4.2.2. And with a CD-ROM (with downloaded Boot Camp software showing up under "DEVICES") Install:  Result: Unsuccessful.

                 Actual error message: "The installer could not be found.

                 Insert your Windows installer disc and wait a few seconds for the disc to be recognized."

Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 several times. And re-burning new CD-ROM and DVD. Result: Unsuccessful.


Thanks and  much appreciated

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3), "Boot Camp Assistant"
  • Jaygyver Level 3 (735 points)

    If you're trying to burn from an iso manually then you have to make sure it is made bootable in the process. You can't just drag the files over.

    You also have to use the slowest speed possible 2x or 4x when burning it using Boot Camp Assistant.

    Some brands of CD/DVD seem to have issues also so if you have another brand laying around try one of those.

    Worst case scenario you might try letting BC Assistant make a W7 installer then having a separate Boot Camp drivers disk.


    You might also try using an empty 8 gig USB thumb drive (or external HD) and letting BCAssistant do the same thing. Be aware that some USB thumb drives aren't bootable it seems, most do seem to work tho.

    BCAssistant will format the whole drive to FAT 32 so be aware it will erase anything on there already.

  • rock4jesus13 Level 1 (0 points)

    how do you get bootcamp to make a W7 installer???  i downloaded the windows bootcamp software on another disc, but i get the same error as before "

    The installer could not be found.

                     Insert your Windows installer disc and wait a few seconds for the disc to be recognized."

    what are my options?

  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 (13,432 points)

    Double click on setup.exe as stated in the installation manual. Of course you are booted into Windows when you are trying to install the support software correct?




    "2 Insert the CD or DVD or connect the external disk with the Windows support software.

    The installer may start automatically. If it doesn’t, do one of the following:

    • If the support software is on the same USB flash drive as the Windows 7 installer,

    double-click the setup.exe file in the WindowsSupport directory.

    • Otherwise, double-click the setup.exe file in the Boot Camp directory."
  • erkutbas Level 1 (0 points)

    May I ask you something guys ?


    I have an installer dvd that I used to format my pc's. I took its all files and created and iso file on my macbook pro.

    If I burn it by using disk utility, is it worked to install windows 7 on my mac via bootcamp ?

  • Werntino Level 1 (0 points)

    i got the same problem.....i had downloaded file by bootcamp to my USB flash drive and everytime i click install after choosing the partition it's keep telling me

    "The installer could not be found.

                     Insert your Windows installer disc and wait a few seconds for the disc to be recognized."

    same to me all the time

    i am totally lost and starting to give up

  • Jaygyver Level 3 (735 points)


    You need to make sure you are having a program install the files so that they are made bootable when you are done. Simply draging the files over to it won't work. The iso disk has to be bootable when you are done. I've never had to do it so I don't know which apps can do it. Search these forums for the names. If your sure it's bootable then yes having Disk Utility burn it at 2x speed should work fine.

      From what I understand Boot Camp should be able to make a Windows installer disk with the Boot Camp drivers installled also. I believe you just need the Windows disk and it will format a USB Flash/HDD drive, make a Windows installer and then will download the BC drivers after it's done.



    If I understand you right, Boot Camp is installed AFTER you install Windows. The BC software comes as an .exe so it will only open on the Windows desktop. There is no partition to point to. Just boot into Windows with the USB drive plugged in and it should self start, if not go into the file and open the setup.exe.


    Are you sure you've read this and this and this and this?


    Some problems to look at-?

    Does your computer support USB booting?

    Are you installing a 64 bit version onto a 32 bit only computer?

    Is the USB Flash drive bootable, some aren't.

  • erkutbas Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you so much guys. It worked