Questions about Boot Camp, a utility included with Mac OS X Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion (10.5, 10.6, 10.7) operating systems that assists users in installing other operating systems on Intel-based Macintosh computers.

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MacBook Pro Retina running Bootcamp with 2 external 27" monitors

I am wanting to buy a MacBook Pro Retina but am currently really nervous about doing so. I've read that everything seems to run well on the Retina and is usable as long as you have the latest graphics ...
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Install Windows 7 on MacBook Pro via USB?

I've read many posts here and on other forums about installing Windows 7 from a USB stick, and I really don't want to start messing about with the VM Ware Fusion or Parallels options. Last resort ...
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Keyboard Not Working in Bootcamp

I just installed Bootcamp and Windows 7 on my MacBook Pro (13 inch, 2010), and booted into the OS. The keyboard and mouse worked fine, but because there were no drivers, things like multitouch and the ...
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How do I set up a Mac to use both FileVault and Boot Camp?

I understand FileVault will encrypt the volume Mac OS X is installed on. I guess this means that Windows won't be able to read it. How can I set up a MacBook to use FileVault for the Mac OS X ...
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Customize the Boot Camp Drive Icon in Lion

A while ago, I remember having customized the Boot Camp drive icon with a pretty simple hack. It was on Mac OS X Tiger. And it was that hack. Now I'm running Lion. Windows 7 is comfy on his Boot ...
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Boot Camp 5 drivers not installing in Windows 8

I have a MacBook Air 2013 that does not have MacOS installed, but is booting Windows 8 Pro 64-bit (clean install, not upgraded from Windows 7) in a vhdx file via EFI. I'm not having any problems in ...
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Installing Windows manually

Here's the situation: I've got three partitions on my disk - EFI, OS, and a Data Partition + 40 gigs of free space for a Windows partition. I already deleted the Recovery partition to avoid conflicts ...
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Other resolution (no scaling) in MacBook Pro retina

What do the other resolutions look like? I know in OS X you can't go down (for now) to really (non retina) at 1440x900 and also in Windows (for no new bootcamp driver) you can't; but I see how in the ...
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Magic Mouse Middle Click in Windows 7 64-bit Bootcamp?

This question might be similar to some that others have posted, but I want to be more specific: Does anyone know how to enable Magic Mouse's middle-click in Windows Bootcamp (specifically Win 7 x64)? ...
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My Windows 7 Boot Camp partition is missing. Why doesn't Parallels recognize it?

I installed Windows 7 on my (month-old) Macbook Pro using boot camp assistant. I basically used defaults throughout, so I don't think there's anything crazy about my setup. Usually, after doing this, ...
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Dual Thunderbolt displays with a Mac running Windows under Boot Camp?

Is it possible, on a brand new MacBook Pro, to use two external Thunderbolt displays under Windows booted from Boot Camp? I found this KB article, which says no. I also found this thread, where ...
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How do I delete a BootCamp partition using Terminal's diskutil?

For some reason, the BootCamp Assistant app won't let me delete my BootCamp partition. How can I do so using Terminal and the diskutil terminal app?
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How do I boot from my Mac partition?

I tried to install Windows 7 on my Mac via Boot Camp, but the disk of Windows 7 doesn't work. When I tried to install the Windows 7 it shows a black screen. Now I want to boot back to OS X, but I ...
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Is it safe to install Windows Updates on a Boot Camp'ed OS?

I just installed Windows 7 on Boot Camp, and when I login to windows, it says that there are Windows Updates available. The problem is that one time when I tried to install these updates, it prevented ...
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Understanding RAM and Disk Space when using Windows on a Mac?

I am trying to understand how you need to set things up when trying to run Windows from a Mac (using Bootcamp / Parallels). I understand the differences in terms of Bootcamp requiring you to choose ...
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Problem booting from a DVD: How do I eject the DVD?

I tried to install Windows 7 on Bootcamp, but the Windows 7 boot CD has a boot problem about code 5. The Windows 7 installation DVD is in the DVD driver. How can I eject the DVD from the drive, and ...
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I deleted my Bootcamp partition but can't resize my OS X partition

I didn't realize this would cause issues, but I used Disk Utility to delete my Bootcamp partition and then tried to resize my main partition to fill the disk. This causes an error and I searched for ...
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Can I create a fusion drive with an HDD that already has a boot camp partition?

I'm planning to replace the optical drive in my MacBook Pro 9,1 (mid-2012, non-retina) with an SSD and make the two internal drives into a fusion drive, and I know that creating a boot camp partition ...
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Windows on an iMac: unable to change keyboard layouts

I dual boot Windows 7 and MacOS X on my iMac. Recently I needed to type some text in a non-English keyboard layout in Windows. I installed the second keyboard layout the way I usually do, but when I ...
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Why is Windows 7 giving me a software counterfeiting error?

I have a legitimate copy of Windows 7 Ultimate installed via Bootcamp on my Macbook Pro. I also have Parallels 5 installed on my Mac OS X, which can boot up Bootcamp's partition of Windows 7. I'm ...
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Can't resize (FileVault) partition after Bootcamp removal

I have a recent Mac with two partitions. The first one contains MacOS, and is encrypted with FileVault. The second one contained a Bootcamp Windows installation. Here is a screen shot: I deleted ...
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How to load windows 7 directly (without Boot camp) in a Mac Mini with intel processor whose Hard disk crashed and so is replaced?

The hard disk of my Mac mini with 2 GHz intel processor and 4 GB RAM crashed and so I have replaced the Hard disk. How to load Windows 7 without loading Boot camp? Windows 7 original DVD is not able ...
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With Mac Pro, is software RAID 0 worth it?

Does anyone have any reason to believe RAID 0 is any faster than independent drives on a Mac Pro? I have always run my Mac Pro with all five drives in RAID 0. I recently decided to try out Bootcamp ...
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What is the safest way to triple boot Macbook Pro?

I recently purchased a MBP 13.3 i5 system, and I'm keen on making it triple boot (Lion, Win7, Ubuntu 11.04). What is the safest way to do this ? I found quite a few websites online, but I'm not sure ...
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Is it possible to access a FileVault 2 encrypted volume from Boot Camp?

If I switch on FileVault 2 in Lion, can I still access my OS X volume from Boot Camp (Windows 7)? Are both volumes encrypted and decrypted together, or does it only affect the OS X volume?
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How to backup Bootcamp partition via Time Machine?

I just started using Time Machine for backup of my late 2009 MBP. So far it's backing up only OS X partition and ignoring Bootcamp partition. I also see the point Time Machine completely ignores NTFS ...
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Can I partition an iPod (nano, classic, shuffle) for use as a flash drive?

I have made an iPod nano appear as a flash drive by going to iTunes and checking "Enable disk use." However, I am short of a large enough USB key to hold a bootable Windows 8 installer for use by Boot ...
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Using Windows 8 .img file to create a bootable USB thumb drive

Is it possible to create a bootable USB drive for installing Windows 8 without access to a copy of Windows? I know I could install a VM and install Windows there, then make the bootable drive and ...
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How to fix no backlit keyboard on BootCamp Windows 8 partition

I have a Retina Display MacBook Pro with the latest OSX and also installed Windows 8 RTM on BootCamp. I hadn't logged into BootCamp in a few weeks, so I dont recall if the backlit keyboard ever ...
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Can't eject Windows 7 install disk to get drivers from Snow Leopard Install Disk

Alright. I'm angry at this. I'm on a 2008 Macbook Pro, running snow leopard trying to install windows 7. During the "find drivers" phase still in mac, it can't. So according to apple I'm supposed ...
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Error when downloading Window support software under Boot Camp

Currently, I have already upgraded to Mac OS X Lion. But an error occurred(Progress to the last 99%) that when I trying to downloading Windows support software via Boot Camp 4.0. It says "Can't ...
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How do I get the latest drivers for boot camp and windows 7

I have read the setup guide, but what is either not clear or I just missed, is how the updated drivers that I download via the apple update get to my windows partition. All I read is that I have to ...
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Bootcamp - is it OK to delete windowssupport.dmg after installing windows?

As the title says, I've already installed Windows by bootcamp and all works well. Now I've found this windowssupport.dmg in Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Bootcamp. Can I just delete it? I'm ...
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How do I recover an “invisible” OS X boot option in BootCamp (running on a 2013 MBA)?

Summary Unable to boot into the OS X partition of a 2013 MBA which dual-boots OS X and Windows 8 via BootCamp. Could "Repairing Disk" via "Disk Utility" damage the working Windows 8 partition? What ...
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50% SSD Space lost issue on MBA

I have an MBA 2009, model A1304. The Hard drive system information says its an "Apple SSD SM128". But when I look at the available and total space, I have one partition 28.8GB (bootcamp) and one ...
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Lost Windows after repartitioning with Disk Utility

I've just re-partitioned my hard-drive using Disk Utility. I shrank my Mac OS X partition and created a new one with the available space. However, after rebooting, the option to start under Windows is ...
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Can't read my Windows (Boot Camp) partition from OS X

I have a Boot Camp problem. Both OSes boot correctly, but when I'm in OS X, I can't access my Windows partition and vice versa. I know that I can't write, but it should be able to read. But I can't ...
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Bootcamp keyboard driver not installing

I am assuming that this is an bug, but I thought I would check with you all first to see if that is the case. I had been running OSX 10.6.8 with bootcamp 3.3 and Windows 7 64x PRO. I reloaded it ...
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Macbook Pro hangs when booting into Boot Camp Windows 7

I have a 2011 Macbook Pro 15" 10.7.4 with Windows 7 installed in Boot Camp. A few days ago, I tried to boot into Windows 7 and it just froze after I selected the Boot Camp volume on the Select Drive ...
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How to let MacBook Pro recognize my external hard drive as internal hard drive?

I'd like to install Windows 7 on my MacBook Pro, but as the internal hard drive cable is not working, I'm using it with an external hard drive plugged in which OS X is installed on. When I try to ...
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What is Boot Camp?

Is Boot Camp some sort of virtualization system, or will it run Windows 7 on a Mac the same way it runs on a Dell or an HP machine? I need to run Visual Studio in Windows 7. and I need it to work ...
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Why is a Retina MacBook running 1440x900 grainy under Boot Camp?

I have a MacBook Retina running Windows 8 RP, with the driver that comes with Boot Camp. I understand why running in a none native resolution like 1920x1200 is grainy. But 1440x900 is exactly half ...
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How do you get Function keys to work on Mac Book Pro running Windows 7 under bootcamp?

The Fn keys don't seem to work on my Macbook Pro when it's runnign windows 7 Under bootcamp. I can't turn the volume up or down or mute the sound etc. I've found articles leading to me to believe ...
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Swap Hard Disks

Is it in principle possible to swipe the hard disk out of a MacBook, swipe a new (blank) hard disk in, install the OS on the new disk, then swipe the old disk back in and find the machine operational ...
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Can I continue to use Win XP in Boot Camp when I upgrade to Lion?

I bought my MacBook in mid-2008 with Leopard (10.5.2) pre-installed. On it, I installed (Japanese) Windows XP using BootCamp. I am now up to Snow Leopard (10.6.7) and I can continue to use Windows XP ...
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How to eject disk in osx before booting?

I have tried to install windows using boot-camp-assistant on mac-min ( new version ). After first installation process, I am getting "Disk error - press any key to restart" Now, The problem that I ...
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Can i remove OS X completely and install Windows?

Can I completely remove Mac OS X from my system and install Windows 7 or 8 on it? I do not want to use Bootcamp or create VM's. Is there any way at all? The problem here is that i want to ditch OSX ...
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What is the difference between various VM solutions?

I'm new to the Mac platform and need to figure out which virtualization platform is best for me. Is there a comparison list of features (and missing features) for each of the major virtualization ...
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I think I messed up the Fusion Drive on my 1TB iMac (with BootCamp)

this is a somewhat similar post to this one (Can't create partition on free space with Disk Utility) but not quite... It started with me creating a BootCamp partition (around 145 GB) for Windows ...
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Bootcamp stuck in Windows

I have a Bootcamp partition with Windows 8.1 that I rarely use. Last night I was in OSX, closed the lid, and when I opened it this morning it was in Windows and I cannot get out. Booting with the ...