3 Replies Latest reply: May 12, 2014 4:38 PM by turbostar
JongAm Park Level 1 (5 points)

Can I use a downloaded (ISO) version of Windows with Boot Camp?

MacBook Air (Mid 2011 and later), MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 and later, including Retina models), Mac mini (Mid 2011 and later), and iMac (Late 2012) can install downloaded (ISO) versions of Windows 7 and 8.

To determine if your Mac supports this feature:

  1. Click the Go menu and choose Utilities.
  2. Open Boot Camp Assistant.
  3. Click Continue. If you see a "Create a Windows 7 or later install disk" checkbox, your Mac supports the use of downloaded (ISO) install images. See the Boot Camp Installation & Setup Guide for more information.


On late 2011 MacBook Pro, it displays "Create a Windows 7 or later install disk" checkbox, but it doesn't recognize an ISO image file downloaded from MSDN. ( Also, the top red text doesn't mention a late 2011 MacBook Pro ) So, it's confusing statement. It gives me a feeling like "Oh.. my MacBook Pro is not listed there, but because the 'Create..." is shown, it should support 'Windows 7 or later.'


Doesn't recognize Win8 ISO.png



However, http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1720 mentions that the late 2011 MacBook Pro supports Windows 8/8.1.

It's confusing.

MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5)