I'd like to install Windows 7 on a MacBook Pro via Boot Camp.
However, the only distribution of Windows I'm aware of is on a physical disk, like this one here sold on Amazon.
My MBP doesn't have an optical drive. It can't read disks like that.
Does Microsoft offer an way to buy Windows 7 via a download?
And if so, can I then copy the downloaded installer that onto an external USB hard drive and install from there?
Or is the only option to buy an external optical drive? (If that's the case, any guidance on which one to buy -- can I get away with a generic one or do I need to shell out $80 for Apple's "Superdrive?")
I'm hoping there's some kind of workaround here, because I'd hate to spend money on a drive I'm only going to use once.
I actually have another Mac that does have an optical drive. Could that help me out somehow?
Any advice, help, or guidance would be greatly appreciated.