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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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