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Hi,

Currently i have only OS X running.
Figured i would install Windows 8 again, so i can use my nVidia card for gaming.

Did a lot of research on creating a Windows installer on USB from OS X, i do not feel like wasting a DVD on though, sorry.

Most fora give the advice to get behind a Windows PC, or do it through a virtual machine. It's to much of a hassle for me, i wish to do it without.
So, i tried the program Unetbootin. All went fine, but when i tried to boot from the USB, i got the error, that the Windows installation is damaged.

I'm booting through UEFI, and moved the /efi/microsoft/boot folder, 1 folder up, to /efi/boot.

Any suggestions?

Thank you.

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It's to much of a hassle for me, i wish to do it without


How can it be hassle if you want to install Windows in first place?

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I'm not spending money on a program i will only use once (VM), and as i said, i only have OS X at the moment to work on.

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Create A Bootable Windows 7 USB Drive From Linux (Tested On Ubuntu) ~ Web Upd8: Ubuntu / Linux blog

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Thank you, will try it from live, and report back.

Just for the record, from within OS X is no option at all?

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you can Format and make bootable your USB in Linux, then you can return for MAC and extract the iso from MAC OS and copy for your USB

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Yeah ok, same as in Windows, create the bootable device and copy the contents.
So from OS X only, it's just not possible. New developer challenge lol.

Thanks for the replies.

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I not sure if this can work, but you can format in MAC OS your USB and try if is possible install this boot loader: Chameleon Install 2.1 Rev 1806 for Windows - New Releases and Updates - InsanelyMac Forum



Edit: you can use boot cd Hirens Boot 15.1.v2 and use Mini Win7 for this

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That will work, since you do not have the System Reserver partition, which is, as far as i know essential for Windows 8, not the setup though.
But i'm trying to boot the Windows setup using UEFI, the error i got, was that Windows was damaged, the blue screen and such.

I'll try the linux method tomorrow :)

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Sems that the BootCamp 4 has this function!
http://www.codez4mac...p?f=212&t=61921

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Look at my sig :P

Dell Inpiron 7720.
Thanks anyway :)

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Oops! Yea, that's a bad news for Hackintosh users :)

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If you are using UEFI booting, things are very simple.
1. Format your USB-drive to FAT32 using Disk Utility.
2. Copy your Windows 8 DVD/ISO contents to this USB-drive.
3. Reboot and select UEFI:ThisUSBDrive for booting.
That is all. For Windows 7 UEFI setup, that must be some preparations of /efi/boot first, but for Windows 8 they aren't needed anymore.

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I'm not spending money on a program i will only use once (VM), and as i said, i only have OS X at the moment to work on.


Virtualbox = FREE

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The solution provided by CodeRush did the trick. My mistake was, i moved the microsoft/boot folder 1 folder up, which generated a bsod.
Will try virtualbox next time :)

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Worked for Linux also:


/dev/disk1
#: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
0: GUID_partition_scheme *750.2 GB disk1
1: Microsoft Basic Data 104.9 GB disk1s1
2: Microsoft Reserved 134.2 MB disk1s2
3: Microsoft Basic Data 249.6 MB disk1s3
4: Microsoft Basic Data 15.0 GB disk1s4
5: Microsoft Basic Data 50.0 GB disk1s5
6: Linux Swap 4.0 GB disk1s6
7: Apple_HFS Opslag 575.9 GB disk1s7

Thanks again.





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