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.

Can I install Win7 using an internal partition of my hard disk?

  • It's important what MBP you have. Please tell us the output of "ioreg | grep MacBook" – Max Ried Jul 30 '12 at 11:08
  • 2011 MacBook Pro – melzarei Jul 30 '12 at 11:42
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    Why not just buy a USB stick? I'm not sure how much space you need to fit the ISO, but 16 GB sticks are as low as $10 on Amazon. – daGUY Dec 3 '12 at 15:47
  • This approach will most likely not work without a lot of elbow grease. A 4GB USB-key is not very expensive and most likely the simplest way to do it. I believe that the "Install Windows by PXE-booting" option requires Windows Server to be running and set up properly on your local network. – Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen Apr 16 '13 at 17:09

Here might be a solution :

  1. Create a new partition (at least 8Gig)
  2. Copy the iso on it
  3. Try booting on it
  4. If it works reboot and create a new Bootcamp partition
  5. Try installing Windows on the bootcamp partition

If this don't work, You'll need a USB drive.

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If you have a windows machine and an Administrator account they try this Microsoft Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool

A convoluted way if you do not have another Windows machine would be to install a VM like VirtualBox, use the iso to install Windows in that and then use the MS tool mentioned above. Actually just having Windows in a VM might be sufficient for you depending on your needs.

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  • I don't have USB or DVD ! – melzarei Jul 30 '12 at 11:42
  • The general consensus seems to be that Virtualisation Software is no match for Boot Camp if you want to play games. You definitely want Bootcamp, and not Virtualbox, Parallels or VmWare Fusion. – Simon Dec 3 '12 at 14:47
  • @Simon the question is how to get a ISO so that you can install Bootcamp - not on how to host Windows – user151019 Dec 3 '12 at 15:41
  • @Mark Ah ok, I miss understood, my apologies – Simon Dec 5 '12 at 17:44
  1. Open the ISO File
  2. Find the 'boot' file
  3. Click the 'bcd' program
  4. Wait 3-7 Seconds, A Window should appear.
  5. Partion the Disk.
  6. Complete!

Enjoy Windows or Linux!

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Try erasing your main macintosh HD drive get a windows install disk install it onto the new empty drive.

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