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Mooo25 Level 1 Level 1

I just updated to mountain lion, and im trying to use boot camp 5.0 for the first time on my brand new MacBook Pro.  Boot camp cannot find the installation CD that I put in the hard drive.  It says that there isnt one and to insert one.  Why is it not working?

OS X Mountain Lion, 8GB RAM, i5 3.1 Ghz, 13"
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9

    Windows 7 comes on DVD or burned ISO at slowest possible speed.


    I assume you don't have an internal DVD so you have to use a USB-DVD or other method and have Apple driver for USB also on a thumb drive.


    The Windows Support Software is used after Windows is installed. And has to be on a MSDOS/FAT partition - USB flash or thumbdrive are great


    Check the support page.



    - They have not upgraded support articles for Moutain Lion.

  • Mooo25 Level 1 Level 1

    i have the cd for windows 7.  I can look in "Finder" and see that the CD reads as Windows 7 64bit.  The computer sees the disc, but bootcamp will not find it.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9

    Did not answer my question, does not matter and it is not a CD

  • Mooo25 Level 1 Level 1

    Then im confused.  I have the windows installation DVD.  I didnt mean CD i meant DVD.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9

    People often write or burn their Apple driver support software to their CD, is all.


    In the past, 10.6 had a dual layer and when in Windows you could run Apple SETUP and Boot Camp 3.04 and then three updates from there.


    If you bought physical media disc it should work.


    Now that you have a superdrive-less? Mac, you should have downloaded a driver just to use an external USB device to boot from the Windows 7 Installer disc.


    create a Windows support software (drivers) CD or USB storage media


    The Boot Camp Assistant can burn Boot Camp software (drivers) to a DVD or copy it to a USB storage device, such as a flash drive or hard drive.  These are the only media you can use to install Boot Camp software.


  • Glynogwen Level 1 Level 1

    I am having the same trouble, I have a Imac mid 2010, it lets me burn the windows installation disk, then asks how big a partion I would like, when I lick on the install button, after about 30 secs a window pops up saying cannot find installdisk, i have tried using both 32 and 64 bit disks tried burning the download bit to flash drive and another cd but still get nothing, does anyone know a work around with this?




  • Guido deKwa Level 1 Level 1

    I'm having the same issue! Anyone been able to solve this yet?

  • Sticky Fingerprints Level 1 Level 1

    I've got the same problem on my Macbook Pro, and I found a solution. Not sure it will work for you, but it's better then nothing.

    1. My macbook pro lets me install windows 7 only if it's burned on DVD+R(or RW) disk. DVD-R(RW) cannot be detected by my bootcamp assistant since I upgraded to 10.8, I don't know why.

    2. Bootcamp recognizes ony FULL RETAIL copy of Windows. First time i tried to install a costumly modified version of Windows 7 - it did't work, then a Full Retail copy on DVD-R, - no luck again.

    And finally, when i tried a Full Retail copy of Windows7 burnt on DVD+R, - bootcamp recognized it and all further installations were going correctly, no problem at all.

    Try to use DVD+R(RW) and some different Windows 7 editions, if you have them.

    Hope, this could help you.

    P.S. Sorry for my weird English))

  • Guido deKwa Level 1 Level 1

    I'm on a macbook air, so I don't have a disk drive. The DVD+R or -R thing is not applicable to me.

  • Guido deKwa Level 1 Level 1

    Create an .iso file of the windows 7 installation disk and put it on a (at least 4GB) USB stick. Then mount the .iso with Daemon tools LITE on your mac (free downloadable tool for OS X). Bootcamp now recognizes the installation disc.


    This way I finally managed to install win7 as well as OS X on my 2010 air!

  • DavidWong999 Level 1 Level 1

    Dear Guido,


    I am struggling with the windows 7 installation on the new macbook air with bootcamp 5.0, could you advise me in more details how you get the problem sorted?


    I stuck at the device driver selection screen using the USB created by the bootcamp assistant.


    Many thanks in advance.



  • mewsics Level 1 Level 1

    This solved my problem.  Thanks

  • Tiffalkin Level 1 Level 1

    (this message irrelevant, solution found, sorry for taking up space)


    Message was edited by: Tiffalkin

  • Scott Cullen Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks Guido.  Your solution worked great for me.


    I successfully setup a Windows 8 Boot Camp partition on an Early-2008 Mac Mini running Mac OS X 10.8.2 using a bootable USB thumb drive created with Microsoft's Windows ** 7 ** USB/DVD Download Tool.

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