Apple has posted a workaround for a problem installing Windows 7 from an external DVD drive on the new MacBook Air (referred to as "Mid 2013") using Boot Camp. The symptoms include Windows booting into a black screen and error messages. The workaround is not the same as those for similar problems with other Mac models that we have previously reported.
When installing Windows 7 using the Boot Camp Assistant, users may see a black screen or one of the following error messages:
- "Press any key to boot to CD or DVD"
- "CDBOOT: Couldn't find BOOTMGR"
- "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition."
The workaround involves booting the Mac back into OS X, deleting the Boot Camp partition with the Boot Camp Assistant, and recreating a Boot Camp partition while a USB storage device is connected to a USB port. The USB devices needs to be freshly erased and formatted as MS-DOS (FAT) using Disk Utility.
I see a black screen or distortion when I install Windows 8 on a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012). How do I fix this?
The Windows 8 installer does not contain the correct graphics driver for your computer. You'll need to attach the USB media that contains the Boot Camp drivers during installation to address this issue. See this article for more information.