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 whatever reason.)
When I point Boot Camp at a Windows 7 ISO, I get this dialog, of course:
Your bootable USB drive could not be created
Boot Camp only supports Windows 8 installation on this platform. Please use an ISO file for Windows 8 installation.
I'd love to know if anyone has any hacks to lower the minimum required version to Windows 7. Most of the posts I see talking about Boot Camp and Mavericks say that the wizard offers you Windows 7. I assume, then, that this change has happened in one of the updates since Mavericks was first released (or a bunch of people hastily updated their Lion/Mountain Lion blogs with Mavericks / 10.9 just for Google juice).
Oh, how I would love to follow the dialog's advice, and "use an ISO file for Windows 8 installation." That's only half sarcastic; I hate Windows 8 with a passion, but I honestly did try to make it work, and couldn't (see below). Still I am more interested in getting Boot Camp to allow me to install Windows 7, because that's what I'm really trying to do. Of course any suggestions for bypassing the below problems will be appreciated as well.
I've seen other posts where they explain how to get the bootable USB drive working by editing the minimum machine required in Boot Camp's
info.plist, but I couldn't find anything in that file to mess with to lower the minimum Windows version supported - that all seemed to be about hardware requirements. I actually have had absolutely no problems creating a bootable USB drive for Boot Camp (once I realized that Windows requires about 40 more bytes than typically found on a 4GB thumb drive), or getting Boot Camp to offer me the option to use a bootable USB drive. Now I just want Boot Camp to allow me to use Windows 7.
Background: Why Windows 8 isn't working for me
I was actually trying to get Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 to work, but encountered errors in all attempts. For 8.1 I received the following error message well into setup and long after the
BOOTCAMP drive was formatted (evidence: exhibit A):
Windows installation encountered an unexpected error. Verify that the installation sources are accessible, and restart the installation.
Error code: 0xC0000005
For Windows Server 2012 R2 I got this error message after formatting the
BOOTCAMP partition but before hitting
Next (evidence: exhibit B):
We couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one. For more information, see the Setup log files.
I looked at this Apple KB article, but it's a joke. The "answer" is to format my USB drive using FAT. So that Boot Camp Assistant can immediately format it all over again. Genius.
I then tried the instructions listed here, which sounded quasi-promising:
But this made things even worse. I ended up with the following error message upon choosing the
BOOTCAMP partition and clicking
Next (I forgot to take a picture of my monitor here, sorry):
Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI systems, Windows can only be installed on GPT disks.
I tried all of these techniques multiple times with ISOs from MSDN; and even re-downloaded all of the ISOs in case any of them were damaged along the way. To further prove to myself that the ISOs were not the problem, I created stand-alone VMs using each one in Parallels, and they were created without issue.
Really, though. I just want Boot Camp to let me use Windows 7. Really.