How to Upgrade Your Bootcamp to Version 30 and Run Windows 7 32 Bit on Your Mac
It is not imperative that I get all of the bootcamp software running but as of this moment I have NO sound at all(even headphones and speakers are unresponsive), my trackpad is semi-retarded, and all of the function keys are unresponsive, along with the Tab, Eject and Command Keys.
Bootcamp 30 Download Windows 7 32 Bit
I managed to install Windows 8.1 Pro on my early 2009 24 inch iMac yesterday. Just a disclaimer: I DID NOT USE BOOT CAMP ASSISTANT TO INSTALL. For 2 days straight I troubleshooted boot camp assistant to try to get it to take my Windows 8.1 Pro to no avail. Out of frustration I googled 'how to run windows on a mac WITHOUT boot camp.' After finding a guide online, in a matter of about 30 minutes I had successfully installed Windows 8.1 Pro on my 2009 iMac. Here is the link to the guide....you can ask me any questions regarding this. See "How To Install Windows 8.1 On Mac Without Boot Camp".
However, you may be able to run Windows 8.1 64-bit on your iMac. To find out, you will have to try using the instructions found at "Using Boot Camp Support Software 4.0.4033 to install 64 bit Windows 7 or 8". I have tested the instructions on windows 7 Pro and 8 Pro, but not yet on 8.1 Pro. Although, I am currently running Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit on via a Microsoft Store upgrade. Also, note my iMac is a 20-inch, Mid 2007.
I used bootcamp. But still did research to make sure i installed it well. It was successful. I'm now running windows7 64 bit on a 2010 iMac core duo 3ghz with 4gb ram. Bootcamp will really be tricky. You have to have experience in hard drive partitioning. And yah do research. Like I found out that once bootcamp is setup you have to press the OPTION/alt key when your iMac restarts so you could get into the DRIVE CHOICE MENU where you will see your windows drive. What bootcamp does is do the preliminary tasks indicated in the link shared by David above.
I have been fighting the exact same problem with an iMac 24"... Now for the interesting issues... Windows 7 32bit, same problems as mentioned above... Windows XP SP2, similar problems... I do not have or desire to install Vista, but both of the products fail on bootcamp... No help from Apple, bootcamp 3.1 is for installation after the original install.... Funny thing... I decided to blow away the existing XP partition before migrating from Leopard to Snow Leopard... Originally it worked fine...
I've already used the USB storage device and am trying to install windows 7 and thought those steps you mentioned might help, for me, I still see the black screen with the blinking cursor at the top left corner.
omg just purchased windows 7 on my imac 24 inch 2008 and having the exact same problem! Reading this makes me extremely frustrated as these retards responding have abosolutly no reading comprehension whatsoever. Now im out a couple hundred bucks and wondering why the ____ did nobody tell me how useless mac support is before i got the damn thing.
Try installing through Parallels or VMware Fusion. I had the exact came problem, but I tired downloading a trial version of parallels to see if that would work, it did! there was one error message during the installation, I clicked "continue" and it finished fine. The reason Windows has trouble installing on a mac HD with Bootcamp is because of a little known program called Rollback.exe. Google it. To tell you the truth, neither Bootcamp or Windows 7 are amazing programs. I dont like the idea of using Parallels and only using a chunk of my amazing processing speed. If you need both, you need both. I run Autodesk Revit Architecture in Parallels and it renders slow, but is quite amazing software in every other aspect.
Basically, duriung the first reboot of the install process, hold down the option key and reboot into the mac drive (Start Up Disc). Eject the windows 7 Set Up Disc from the DVD drive. Reboot... It will reboot into windows so no need to hold down option and select Windows. It will install from there.
If you get the blank (black) screen after trying to install. Power down the Imac (actually unplug the power from the IMac for 20 seconds). Plug the power back in and boot up into the install of windows. and it will now work.
To summarize that document, the solution is to download the appropriate drivers and place them on a FAT formatted USB drive or SD card. Have the drive plugged in during installation, and the Windows 7 installer should find the drivers and the video should work as intended.
Guys, just went through the full list of the postsin this thread. Needless to say I have the same problem and I did exactly what Don tried. Had my vista working then cleared partition and tried with windows 7 with exactly the same problem. Powering down the Mac and then starting it again didn;'t help. I suspect the latest updates reprogram something in the firmware, maybe DVD related and that is why the whole process doesn't work. I tried restarting the Mac numerous times, clearing the partition etc etc ... No luck
I have even disabled CSR to try and bypass the countless failed downloads of Bootcamp support software to no avail; the message is always the same DOWNLOAD COULD NOT CONTINUE. Anerror occurred while downloading Windows Support Software.
I did experiment a bit by cloning macOS Monterey onto an external SSD drive that only suffered a minimall loss of read write speeds; and loaded windows 10 directly onto the 128GB NVME and loaded all the data as a logical drive, I also tried it out as setting it up as a dynamic drive.
I have run into a snag, and am not sure how to resolve it. When I get to the step of selecting the bootcamp.vmdk file as the existing hard disk file to use, it gives me this error message.Failed to open the disk image file /Users/macuser/bootcamp.vmdk.
I followed the directions as originally posted (DOS_FAT_32 with MBR on the external) and got all the way through the windows virtual install without a glitch. When I rebooted my mac, holding option, the only boot option that appeared was my Mac HD.
Oh thats a shame, if you do ever succeed in finding a workaround, please let me know. Im having to run windows on another laptop, carrying them both around is a real pain. There is nowhere near enough space on my hard drive to partition it for a windows installation.
When you hold the option key during boot, you should see all drives capable of booting. If you have both an internal bootcamp partition and an external bootcamp drive, you should see both as well as the Mac OS partition. If you are not seeing the external EFI drive then it is not bootable and something is wrong with it.
Are you sure? If you cloned the internal bootcamp partition to the external drive, it will look the same until you make some changes to it, like installing additional applications or UI personalizations. You can also easily tell by opening Windows Disk Manager.
I went back to the previous step that directed to eject the external drive. After doing that, I checked in Disk Utility and was not able to see the disk. I removed and replaced the disk and it showed in Disk Utility . I unmounted it in Disk Utility and ran the command again. This time it mapped, but mapped to /users/my name/bootcamp.vmdk. When I continued to the VirtualBox, I ran into another error.
Many Thanks for the very clear instructions! Will all this work on a previously partitioned external drive? For example, a 1TB partitioned drive of say, 500 gb MacOS extended, and the other a 500 GB partition for the Windows external bootcamp option(Fat32/NTSF)? Alternatively, with the newly created NTSF Windows/Bootcamp setup on a 1TB external, how can the Mac read/write for general backups and file storage purposes the remainder NTSF portion?
My mac apparently partitioned the disk as GPT, which Windows would not install on. I kept formatting the disk inside the windows VM and it got to NTSF but is still a GPT partition. How can I fix this so that windows will install?
I tried a few ways but only this worked for me:Needed: USB flash drive 8GB or more, Windows iso, VirtualBox + Extension Pack, WinToUSB ( ) and of course the external drive. WinToUSB free works with Windows10 Home. Please read info on their site for other Windows versions.Use Bootcamp Assistant to download the Windows Support files (you might need to click in the menu for Action).Use Disk utility to format the USB flash drive to exFAT and the external drive to GUID HFS+ or FATCopy the Windows iso, Windows Support files and WinToUSB to the USB flash drive and eject.Install VirtualBox and Extension Pack. Start VirtualBox and make a Windows10 virtual machine (VM), be sure the USB port is enabled.Start the Windows VM. Attach the USB flash drive and the external drive that you want Windows on.Copy the files from the flash drive to the VMs desktop.Install WinToUSB. Open WinToUSB and select the Windows iso as source and the external drive as goal. Let WinToUSB do its work. Wait until it says 100% and then (important:) click HOME. Now copy the Windows Support files to the external drive.Close the VM and VirtualBox and reboot. As soon as you hear the startup sound hold the Alt-key until you see the options for startup. Choose the EFI disk.Now you have to install Windows. When finished, open the Windows Support folder and click setup to install the Bootcamp-drivers.Done!
I have tried to install Windows 10 on an external drive but the set up is still looking for Parallels Desktop which I tried some time ago. This was uninstalled months ago and setup.exe does not recognise VirtualBox which I have now. Is there a way of getting around this and can I rid the system of any trace of parallels desktop?I am running Catalina on the Mac and have an external drive formatted ready for use. Windows support software is downloaded on a correctly formatted USB.
I wonder if this would work with a partition in the internal drive. I have a SSD drive which is not the original Apple one (it was too small) but the new one does not support Bootcamp. I wonder if this procedure may help me install Windows 10 in a different partition of internal disk without using bootcamp