SUCCESS SUCCESS SUCCESS SUCCESS
Finally solved the issue
After innumerable nights and innumerable days
With the help of my Colleague Mr. Abeezer Vijlee (Flash Computers)
Well to begin with
I have a mid 2010 iMac 27" (Quad Core)
With OS 10.8.4 Mountain Lion Installed
Tried all the thousands of options available on innemerable forums, Finally got this indigenous solution
(Sorry for the Boast)
Step 1) FORGET BOOTCAMP (you heard it right)
Step 2) Go to disk utility from launchpad - other folder
Step 3) Select the single partition Mac HDD
Step 4) Go to partition tab and make two partitions of any size by clicking the + sign at the bottom
Step 5) Now simply select the new partition by clicking it once, Go to Erase tab and then click erase
Step 6) Now it will show a blank Partition
Step 7) Insert the Windows DVD and select it as the start up disk through the System Prefrences menu
Step 8) Restart and press option key at the chime
Step 9) The boot option shows up with Mac OS / Restore / EFi boot options
Step 10) Select EFI Boot Option and click return
Step 11) The next screen starts the windows installation
Step 12) After the initial screen it will show the HDD option to choose which partition to use
Step 13) Select the blank / unformatted partition and click format from below
Step 14) Once it gets formated click next and voila, it starts the installation
Step 15) Just dont touch anything untill the setup finishes after two or three restarts (Do not Touch)
Step 16) Once the setup is complete, Google n download the Bootcamp Drivers for Windows 8 from Apple Site
Step 17) Download the zip file and select setup and this will setup the much needed drivers for all the devices
N You R Done
If you want to swtch back to Mountain Lion, Just press the option key at the chime of restart n select Mac OS
Disclaimer : Though this worked for me as a charm but You have to do it at your own risk, I am in no way responsible for any loss or damage
Robocop21, thanks a lot !!!
After days trying to install Windows7 using Bootcamp, I followed your instructions and .... total success !!!!
Only thing I will add:
While in Mac, I downloaded the Windows support software using Bootcamp.
Saved the Zip to a USB stick.
Started on Windows (holding the option key).
Ran and installed the Bootcamp zip.
Now the Bootcamp logo shows on Windows. Switching between the two programs is as usual.
Thanks again, you are a genious
BTW, this was done on a brand new Mac Mini.
robocop21, I am trying to follow your steps but when I go to slect the windows installer disk to be the start up disk it is not even an option. If I put the windows installer disk into my drive it takes about five to ten minutes then a window pops up saying you have entered a blak dvd. I bought the full version of windows 8.1 pro about three days ago. I have tried to leave the disk in then restart computer and hold alt but then the only drives that show are my mac and recovery the windows disc will never come up as a choice to pick. I have the bootcampm 5 on a usb for when windows does download but I might as well have a blank dvd im trying to ppull stuff from bc I cannot figure out how to get it to read the disk... I am on a macbook pro running 10.8.5.... any suggestions?
I too had the same problem, but later on I burned the disk directly from Disk Utility rather than "right click-burn" . The difference is that via DU, there will be no prompt for disk name.
Now my dvd is recognized by the BootCamp Assistance and I have successfully installed Windows 8.1 using normal bootcamp method
Note : my disk is dvd-r . I wasted 2 disks before I got it right.
Kanad, thank you!
I spent hours working on this and your tip was the one that worked. Bought a DVD-R, burned my Windows 7 Pro 64-bit install image to it using Disk Utility, and BootCampt Assistant recognized it. FWIW, my Bootcamp version is 3.04, on a late 2008 Macbook Pro (though I downloaded and installed more recent bootcamp drivers; it couldn't find the drivers for that version).
Thank you very much for posting your solution. Have a good 2014!