8 Replies Latest reply: Sep 2, 2013 6:45 PM by Network 23
phg73 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Is it possible or is there software that takes me trough the windows installation process (like a virtual machine would) but instead of creating a virtual disk it would just install everything either on an other partition or on an external Harddrive for me to boot off even if its not possible I would like to hear if it works on a PC aswell

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • nbar Level 5 Level 5 (6,955 points)

    Yes, Boot Camp Assistant, which is natively installed on your machine. It is partitioning software w/ accompanying drivers to supports Windows.


    Boot Camp Installation & Setup Guide - Support - Apple

    Boot Camp: System requirements for Microsoft Windows operating systems.

  • phg73 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I know about bootcamp but it can't be used because of some issues plus bootcamp reboots the machine and then boots from the os installation thats not what I wan't I wan't to install go through the installation process through mac os plus bootcamp needs a disk and I have iso files

  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (11,030 points)

    You need to read the manuals linked to above.


    If you want to run Windows and OSx at the same time without booting to each then you will need to run Windows in a virtual machine like Parallels, Fusion, or VirtualBox.

  • nbar Level 5 Level 5 (6,955 points)

    Then you need virtualization software if you want to run windows in an OS X environment. In the guide linked above, you will find this on the first page:


    "You can install Windows with an installation disc you provide or, on some Mac computers, with a USB flash drive that contains a Windows 7 ISO image downloaded from Microsoft. Boot Camp Assistant helps you burn the image to the flash drive. "


    Take the time to read through what has already been provided.

  • phg73 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I know about Virtual machines and bootcamp its kinda like a combanations of both I wan't. --  I wan't to be able to go through the windows installation while in mac os x like when I use a Virtual machine I can go through installing windows (on a VHD)  while surfing the web on mac and doing other stuff its a matter of multitasking . I also use linux wich Bootcamp does not support so having software that would turn a virtual machine into a bootable os thats what i wan't (Correct me if i'm wrong . its been a while since ive used boot camp)

  • phg73 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    it should be noted that the reason i'm not using bootcamp and wan't to try this is because boot camp always crashes and that its horrible to use i tried everthing -

  • Network 23 Level 6 Level 6 (11,850 points)

    phg73 wrote:


    I know about Virtual machines and bootcamp its kinda like a combanations of both I wan't.

    I believe the Parallels Desktop virtualization software provides instructions for using a Windows installation in both Boot Camp and within Parallels in virtualization so that you can pick which way you want to do it at any time with a single installation.


    I am not sure if that option is also available for other virtualizers like the free VirtualBox, but you might want to look into i.