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how to install windows w/o bootcamp
hello! My cousin over in seattle just got me a free copy of windows vista home premium b/c he works for microsoft. I own a black macbook, and i have been desperately trying to install windows on it for the last 7 hours or so. I dont have boot camp, unfortunately, b/c im running on mac osx 10.4.something, and boot camp only comes with leopard. I remember reading somewhere on these forums that if i put in the disc, and restart my notebook while holding down the c key it should load. It did load, but when i clicked on both the first and the second partitions available (for there were only 2) it pretty much said that windows could not be installed on either of these because they were not valid or something similar to that. I have no idea why they would not be valid, other than the fact that i have roughly 50 gb free of the max 80 on my hard drive. Lol, i deleted everything i ever put on this comp, just so i could see windows refuse to install on my laptop. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
PS: I know that my information is kind of vague, i dont remember the exact message windows gave me. Also, if this isnt in the right forum, admins, feel free to relocate it to the correct one. I'm sorry, im new to this site. Thanks again!!!
I have a macbook pro and this is what I did....
I did not need macosx just windows vista...so no need for bootcamp!
I simply did this... Hold C when the mac starts with the Vista DVD in the drive
I got to part where it asks you to install on to which partition and bummer!!
It wouldnt let me it said sumthing like this is GF2 partion not supported...
So i thought damn ok... DELETE PARTION so I deleted all even the small 199MB one... MADE 1 PARTITION for the whole drive and then clicked format..For sum reason this still would not work!!
SO AT THIS POINT I HAD A DEAD MACBOOK PRO....NO Operating System nothing, I WAS PULLING MY HAIR OUT!!
Then I remember I had a windows xp live cd (run windows xp from cd) You can download this from torrentspy or limewire p2p. I popped in my live cd pressed C and it loaded windows xp from cd...GREAT STUFF!! on my windows live cd it has partioning tools inbuilt so I used this tool Acronis disk commander i think... and created 1 whole NTFS partion formatted and ready to go. I simply rebooted with the vista install disc and it worked without a glitch, Only thing is once it had completed the setup it did not work straight away It had to restart 2-3 times then vista worked.. Also because there is not a bootloader when you first power it on it takes a short while before it boots into vista...BUT IT WORKS PERFECT!! and I used the Input remapper from insanelymac http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?showtopic=58373 Works a treat and I used the drivers of the bootcamp cd but you can simply download the Marvell Yukon ethernet driver from the Net and plug ur ethernet in and do a windows update to get drivers if you do not have bootcamp cd. It works great with windows vista best laptop I have ever owned... mine is the MACBOOK PRO Silver
15" 2.2ghz Core2DUO 4mb cache 2gb RAM 120gb HDD Nvidia 8600M GT,
I think the drivers and compatability with windows vista are good but need sum revisions like isight bluetooth and the display brightness/ keyboard controls brightness but as I said this tool eliminates alot of the problems..Shame it isnt automated like MAC OSX however.
u have to be a moron to only have windows on a macbook....i can understand ppl that have both mac osx and windows but only windows?? geez just get a friggin dell which is a lot cheaper anyways cuz havin only windows on a macbook is an insult to apple and to the community...its like havin an iphone and trading it for a samsung or havin a ps3 and installin the os of the sega dreamcast
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