4 Replies Latest reply: Oct 2, 2013 2:51 AM by asmendel
ian1024 Level 1 (0 points)

hi , i just grab my Windows 7 DVD for installing windows on Mac using bootcamp , but my mac doesn't detect my windows installation disc in boot menu... how to resolve?

MacBook Pro (13-inch Late 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • iheartapple1970 Level 3 (670 points)

    when installing windows on mac through bootcamp, it has to be done using an original install disc for the windows OS it will not work w/ a burned copy of the software. this may be the problem


    following article installing windows on mac for best results:






    also here is link to the apple bootcamp support site:



  • luxuryliner67 Level 2 (220 points)

    Be sure to boot the Win DVD from internal Hard Drive or External Apple's Superdrive. A generic brand external DVD reader will not event start Win setup. Same problem for Ubuntu/Kubuntu Raring.



  • verifonix Level 1 (0 points)

    What is with these previous replies. I am right now sitting next to my mac mini, booting a -burned- win 7 DVD on a -generic- external DVD reader...


    Anyway, a common mistake is when you have an image .iso, you burned that one file onto a disk rather than burning the disk image the iso represents.

    In OS X, use disk utility to burn an iso image onto a dvd.

  • asmendel Level 1 (0 points)

    You're not alone - I'm installed Windows (8 Pro 64-bit) on a MacBook Air Mid 2013 yesterday from the OEM/system builder media, and Boot Camp Assistant 5.0.4 didn't recognize the DVD. It asked for an .iso disk image instead, and I created one in a UNIX geek way**, but if you're an average mac user, you'll want to create one using the Disk Utility:


    1) Open the Disk Utility. This is in the Utilities folder (go to a finder window and type command-shift-u)


    2) Click on your DVD to select it.


    3) In the File menu, select New -> Disk Image from "HRM_CCSA_X64FRE_EN-US_DV5"… (or your Windows disk title)


    4) In the Save sheet, select Image Format: DVD/CD master. The Disk Utility saves this with the file extension/type .cdr, but this is the same file format as .iso. When the Disk Utility has finished, find the file you save and change the file extension to .iso.


    5) Launch Boot Camp Assistant and select the .iso file as the source of your Windows installation.


    Since I have a MacBook Air, the windows source was copied by the Boot Camp Assistant to a USB flash drive. MacOS X restarted and Windows was installed automatically, but the Boot Camp driver installer wasn't automatically launched at the end of the Windows install. I opened the flash drive's BootCamp folder and double clicked setup.exe.


    Voila! The best trackpad anywhere! Network! Sound! Brightness control from the keyboard! The best Windows 8 computer!


    ** In Terminal: diskutil list; diskutil unmount /Volumes/HRM_CCSA_X64FRE_EN-US_DV5; sudo dd if=/dev/disk2 of=win8pro.iso. Use the output of 'diskutil list' to match your Windows 8 CD/DVD to a disk# for the 'dd' command. Be very careful.