The SSD on my 2014 MBP cratered the other day. While it's off at the shop, my employer bought me a new one.
The problem: I need to dual-boot into Windows 7. Boot Camp Assistant in OS X El Capitan refuses to use anything older than Windows 8.
- I'm a developer. Some of the libraries we're using will not work under anything other than Windows 7. I'd love to update them - hell, I'd rather just use OS X all the time - but that isn't going to happen.
- I cannot use a VM. Really.
- Because 3D acceleration under any available VM - Fusion, Parallels, VirtualBox - sucks.
- Yes, I actually need 3D acceleration to do my job.
I went ahead and flashed a USB stick with the Win7 ISO and installed rEFInd. rEFInd will not, so far, acknowledge any USB drive that I have. I've tried two different USB sticks (both USB 3), nothing.
- Really, don't suggest a VM. It's not going to work for my application. At all. Seriously.
All things considered, I'd rather just downgrade this thing to Mavericks. Life was easier and it didn't have this ugly flat gray dock, amongst other things.