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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How to download Bootcamp drivers without Bootcamp assistant?

I'm setting up my MacBook Air for a Windows-only boot setup. This was easy enough. It already had rEFIt on it, I just connected a Windows 7 boot thumb drive, and away I went. However, it seems Apple ...
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Macbook Air + Lion + Windows 7 Boot Camp + shared partition

I would like to setup my Macbook Air's disk drive with 3 partitions - 50Gb for OSX Lion, 50Gb for Windows 7, and the remaining 150Gb for Data to share between both OSes (music, photos etc). What's ...
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Creating A Bootable USB Of Windows 8.1 On OS X?

Reasons for wanting create such a usb include: PC is unbootable and you want to prepare a bootable USB using the ISO file that you have on your external hard drive. to install Windows 8.1 on Mac ...
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How do I set OS X to boot by default?

I set Windows 7 to my Boot Camp. Windows 7 starts now by default in the normal boot. However, I want that OSX boots by default and Windows 7 only as I press ALT and then select it. How can you set ...
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how to quickly reboot from OSX to Windows and back

From Windows back to OSX is fairly easy. What I would like is a few less steps to get from OSX to Windows. Currently I launch system preferences -> startup disk - then select the bootcamp partition ...
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How can I install boot camp off a Windows 7 USB flash drive?

I'm trying to follow the directions on how to create a Windows 7 installation USB flash drive. I was able to create the drive and when I insert it into a Windows computer, it shows the installer ...
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Can I resize a BootCamp partition without reinstalling Windows?

Does any one know how to do this?
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MacBook Air with small SSD, BootCamp, Windows 7. Can I use an external hard disk for dual boot?

I'd like to setup a dual boot onto my MacBookAir 128GB, with Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate in BootCamp. However, I'm already close to the 128GB limit (games + CS suite + Eclipse + XCode + a lot of Web ...
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How to force Startup Manager menu to appear at every boot?

Is there any way to force the Startup Manager menu to appear on every boot? Rather than me having to remember to hold down Alt if I want a different OS.
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Is it possible to install and boot Windows on a Thunderbolt drive?

I know the BIOS emulation of the EFI firmware in Macs does not support booting from FireWire or USB drives, and the EFI version of Windows doesn't seem to be compatible with Apple's EFI ...
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What are some reasons to run Windows on a Mac? [closed]

I'm interested in knowing why one would run Windows on a Mac. I may be required by my school to do so, and I'm curious about potential reasons. So, what are some of the reasons to run Windows on your ...
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Windows 8 RTM Freezes on Mac Book Pro

I've installed Windows 8 RTM (available to MSDN subscrbers) on my Core 2 Duo 13" Mac Book Pro. I've been trying to install Visual Studio 2012 on my MBP and it keeps freezing up during install. ...
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Can I use the same iTunes Library on both Mac OS and Windows?

I'm running Boot Camp, and once in a while I'd like to listen to music under Windows too. Is there a way I can use the same library under both Mac OS and Windows? Just changing the "iTunes Music" ...
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MacBook Pro Retina and Windows 8

I am running my Windows 8 RP on my MacBook Pro Retina. Everything's going smooth, but I have problems with my keyboard and trackpad drivers because I can't make any changes to them since BootCamp ...
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Downsides of using Windows on a Mac

Please do not comment on how using Windows itself is a huge downside. After several years using OSX, Linux and Windows, I can say that working on the latter OS is best for my needs. I do own an iMac ...
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Best File System for Sharing Between OS X and Windows

What is currently the best file system to use for drives that are regularly accessed (both reading and writing) from both Windows and OS X on a single machine using BootCamp. The most important points ...
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Can I use bootcamp without reformatting my hard drive?

I would really like to install ububtu on my Mac using bootcamp but it requires me to reformat my disk first. I have programs with license keys that I don't want to loose, or buy another copy of, and ...
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How can I switch option (alt) and command (windows) keys for Windows 7 in Boot Camp?

Installed Windows 7 via Bootcamp for some work-related projects. I've also installed the Apple Bootcamp drivers from the OS X install disk and updated to the latest version. It mapped all my keys just ...
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Bootloader freezes on login screen when booting into Lion from Boot Camp

Every time I reboot from Boot Camp into OS X, the bootloader gets to the login screen, and then after I've entered my username and password, the screen will just go grey. I have to force a restart ...
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Upgrading from Windows 8 to 8.1 RTM on a Boot Camp partition

Have anyone been able to upgrade/install Windows 8.1 on a Boot Camp partition? When trying to upgrade to 8.1 RTM it goes into blue screen on first boot, claiming that "A required device is missing" ...
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Boot Camp Assistant - Setup from SD Card

I am trying to install Windows 7 using the Boot Camp Assistant. I have downloaded the ISO, however I don't have a CD drive as its a MacBook Air and all my USB drives are too small. I am trying to ...
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Are Boot Camp drivers for thunderbolt to gigabit ethernet available?

I have a Retina MacBook Pro with Mountain Lion and Boot Camp with Windows 7 and the Boot Camp 4.0 drivers. I'm also using the Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter. My problem is that my ethernet port (aka ...
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How to clean boot menu and check/clean mbr

I had successfully installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview on my mac mini (bootcamp install) but Windows crashed during the upgrade to Release Preview and I removed it a result. But there seem to be some ...
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Can I install Windows 7 on a MacBook Air without a SuperDrive?

Is it possible to install Windows 7 as a second OS on a Macbook Air with no access to a superdrive? And if it is, how?
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Is it possible to write to the Boot Camp disk in OS X?

I have a MacBook Pro with Boot Camp and sometimes I want to update information on the Windows partition but currently I have to boot in Windows and read from the Mac partition. I don't want to leave ...
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Are the Retina MacBook Pro 15" suitable for PC (Windows) gaming?

I want to buy a MacBook Pro Retina 15" and install Windows 7 or 8 (boot camp) to play games. Obviously games aren't ready for this 2880x1800 resolution, so I hope I can set the games to run at ...
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Does FileVault encrypt my BootCamp partition?

If I enable the new FileVault feature in Mac OS X Lion, will it also encrypt my existing Windows bootcamp partitions? (And/or any new bootcamp partition I create?) Update: If not, where can I get ...
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Boot into Mac from Windows after failed Bootcamp

Don't hate on me too much for this one... I put Win8 on my Mac Mini using Bootcamp, and all was well. I switched back and forth a couple times between the two with no problems. The problem started ...
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Backing up a Boot Camp partition

I see in the Time Machine options that my Boot Camp partition is excluded. I haven't even tried to remove it from the list of exceptions since I have read that Time Machine will not work with NTFS ...
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Creating boot disk for Windows 7 on MacBook Pro

EDIT: I gave in and burned the DVD from a windows PC and I was able to install Windows on my MacBook Pro with Bootcamp. Sorry, that I don't have a satisfying solution. My goal is to install Windows 7 ...
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Install Bootcamp Windows7 off external USB optical drive on Lion system

I got my new MBP today and I plan to use MCE's OptiBay to place a second harddisk in the drive bay and put Windows via Bootcamp on it, but I heard / read that, at least with Snow Leopard, it was not ...
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Trick Mavericks into letting me use Windows 7 for Boot Camp

I would like to set up Boot Camp with Windows 7 on OS X Mavericks 10.9.2. I am using the new Mac Pro (MacPro6,1), in case that is relevant. (Perhaps the PCIe flash drive is just not capable for ...
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How to clone an entire disk with Lion (+Rescue) & Bootcamp Partitions

I have a faulty (hardware-wise) drive in my 2011 macbook pro and will probably get a replacement drive from the vendor, but I was wondering whether there is (by now) a way (tool) to clone the disk ...
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Bootcamp touchpad drivers fail to install on Windows 8 RTM

I've just upgraded my bootcamp partition from Windows 7 to Windows 8 RTM on a MacBook Air (2011 Core i7) and have been utterly and entirely unable to get the touchpad to work. Things I've tried: ...
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Possible to Hide Mac Partition When in Windows?

I've found out that if I install Windows 7 and use the Snow Leopard Boot Camp drivers (Which I need for the graphics chipset drivers.), the Mac partition appears and is read-only. I'm quite concerned ...
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How to install Ubuntu from OS X?

I'm looking for a solution that would enable me to install Ubuntu and run it as a virtual machine under OS X but still be able to boot directly Ubuntu. If possible I would like to test both ...
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How can I install both Windows 7 and Windows 8 on a Mac Mini 2012?

I'm a developer, and I'm working on a cross-platform app that have to run on Mac OS X, Win7 and Win8. Unfortunately it's impossible to test my app in VM due to some hardware restrictions, so I have to ...
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Bootcamp: is there an advantage of 64-bit vs 32-bit Windows?

I've got the new MabookPro retina. I want to install a dual boot Windows OS. I have the option from MSDN to either install a 64-bit or a 32-bit. Is there a performance advantage? Other advantages?
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Does Find my Mac work if you boot into Windows on BootCamp?

If I have Find my Mac set up and Bootcamp is installed as well, will my computer be trackable when I'm in Windows? What happens if a thief steals my computer and remains in Windows all the time, will ...
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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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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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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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How to install Windows 7 Bootcamp using iso file (without USB/DVD)?

I have a MacBook Pro and I need to install Windows 7 besides Mac OS X so I can play games on it. The problem is that I don't have a USB stick or DVD to copy the Win7 iso image like Bootcamp requires. ...
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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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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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Why didn't my Windows partition show up in the Startup Disk preference pane?

I install Windows(Xp after that 7) on my MBP with BootCamp and every thing was fine but after a while in system prefence -> startup Disk my windows partition was lost and when I want to switch to my ...
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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 ...