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I use Windows PCs to check if my cross platform software, created on a Mac, works properly on Windows. Over the years, I have found myself upgrading OSes on the Windows side, and so I only have upgrade CDs for most versions of Windows. Thus, when it came time to install Windows XP Pro into BootCamp on my MacBook, it got to the point where it wanted to see "an original qualifing disc." But of course, there was no way to eject the disc I was installing from. On a whim, I tried the following...

I restarted, but first hooked up an external drive, and put the old qualifying disc in it. Yep, sure enough ... the system found the original disc in the external, and skipped the step demanding that I eject and insert same. The Windows XP installation then went fine from that point.
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Use a Windows Upgrade disc for Boot Camp installs
Authored by: ghay on Jun 19, '07 08:38:57AM

Windows installs by copying to the HD and installing from there, so you should have been able to eject the disk.



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Use a Windows Upgrade disc for Boot Camp installs
Authored by: Kalessin on Jun 19, '07 02:57:37PM
Ah, but until all the drivers are installed (including keyboard), there is literally no way to eject. This is why Apple has always stated that you must install Windows XP SP2, not Windows XP then upgrade to SP2. Because you can't switch to an SP2 upgrade CD until installation is complete and installation is not complete until Windows XP SP2 is installed.

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Use a Windows Upgrade disc for Boot Camp installs
Authored by: dwpoyner on Jun 19, '07 08:46:49AM

I had an XP disc before SP2 as well and that posed an entirely different problem. I was able to use the external drive hint when I installed, but it still never worked properly because of the SP1 upgrade disc. I had to use a process called "slipstream"ing to make my disc work (Google "slipstream" for more info). I basically made a SP2 upgrade disc. It worked like a charm and now I have XP installed without having to waste money on a full copy of XP (since I already owned the older one).



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Use a Windows Upgrade disc for Boot Camp installs
Authored by: heesey1010 on Jun 19, '07 07:57:01PM

By external drive does he mean like being able to put it on a flash drive? or does it have to be a true HDD



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Use a Windows Upgrade disc for Boot Camp installs
Authored by: heesey1010 on Jun 19, '07 08:00:25PM

oh silly me. he meant external CD drive....hah.



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Use a Windows Upgrade disc for Boot Camp installs
Authored by: searls on Jul 23, '07 03:16:53PM

I almost posted a similar hint a few months ago when trying to install an MSDN-distributed 5 CD-R install of Windows Vista Business.

MacTels' lack of forced CD ejection was a pretty troubling oversight in this case, though I realize that this is probably the only instance of MS releasing a copy of Windows over multiple discs.

Before breaking down and buying (then returning upon success) an external DVD-RW drive, I tried:
- Daisy chaining a Mac in Target Disk Mode (supports eject, but EFI/Windows Installer couldn't see the discs in the chained Mac
- rEFIt (let me boot from the target disk Mac, but the Windows Installer got really confused when I tried to change discs)
- Installing it successfully on a Mac Pro and trying to use Bombich NetRestore, but it turns out that there's really no reliable way to clone then restore an NTFS Vista install from OS X.

External drive got it installed for me, but once it installed, EFI got really confused and wouldn't let me boot into the Windows partition (didn't see it when holding option). So I used a rEFIt disc and that repaired EFI for me.

All in all, getting the 5 disc version of Windows working took about 30 man hours. Ugh.



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