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Install Windows 7 x64 on a Mac (beat the “Select CD-ROM Boot Type” error!)

Posted on : 08-26-2009 | By : Andy | In : news, tech

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Having trouble installing Win7 x64 (Windows 7 64-bit) on your mac? Keep getting a Select CD-ROM Boot Type” message when you go to install? Boot Camp have you pulling your hair out?

Some googling reveals the answer over at Jowie.com, but it’s a little confusing to know exactly where to start. Hopefully this step-by-step tutorial makes it idiot-proof. If you need pictures, Jowie’s site has some nice screenshots.

So, without further ado, install Windows 7 (x64) on your Mac (specifically, I’ve done this for a mac mini) in 7 easy steps!

A word of clarification: You need to have access to an existing Windows installation in order to modify and burn your installation disk with ImgBurn. There are millions of them all over the world, go borrow one if you need to. You could possibly try to do this through a temporary VirtualBox (or parallels or vmware) windows installation, though I don’t know if the burning process would work correctly.

Step 1: Download and install ImgBurn
Step 2: Insert your Windows 7 Install DVD, OR mount your .iso file with Daemon Tools Lite.
Step 3: Extract your boot image:

  • Using ImgBurn, go to “Build” mode
  • Select the Advanced Tab
  • Under that, select the “Bootable Disc” tab
  • Select your DVD drive at the bottom and hit the disk icon. If it asks you if you want to keep those settings, tell it “yes”

Step 4: Add your disk to your new disc image

  • On the left side, click the folder icon in the “Source” section and browse to select your Windows 7 Install DVD (Just select the actual drive, no files or folders inside it)
  • Hit ok.

Step 5: Verify build settings

  • Click the options tab on the right.
  • System should say ISO9660 + UDF, Revision 1.02
  • Click the Advanced tab again
  • Click the Restrictions Tab
  • Select “Level X – 219 Characters”
  • Select ALL 4 checkboxes below
  • Click the “Bootable Disc” Tab again
  • Make sure “Make image bootable” is checked
  • Emulation Type: None (Custom)
  • Boot Image: (should already be selected if you told it to use those settings. If not, select the .ima file you saved in Step 3)
  • Sectors to Load: 8 (if you’re using Vista x64, it should be 4)

Step 6: Build your new iso

  • Enter a destination for your new ISO on the left. (Use the folder icon to the next of the dropdown, or enter a filename in manually)
  • Click the big folder pointing at a disc document at the bottom to create your new image!
  • If it asks about a Volume name, just hit “OK”

Step 7: Burn your new iso.

  • Switch to burn mode.
  • Select your NEW .iso file (don’t accidentally use your old iso!)
  • Select your destination blank DVD
  • Click the burn button.

Tada! Pop that disc into your mac mini, or imac, or macbook, or mac pro, or whatever, and you’re set! Welcome to Windows 7!





Comments (93)

Can this work with the OEM version of 64 bit windows 7 home premium version

I see no reason why it wouldn’t, although licensing for OEM versions is likely not appropriate for a mac if you want to follow the letter of the law.

Thanks Andy. I hear you.

As far as I can tell ImgBurn is only available as an .exe file which is not readable by Macs…So how do I complete Step 1?

Excellent work sir. I had waited until I was hungover on a sunday morning to install windows 7 on my macbook (3,1) and encountered this error. After looking at several other forums to determine how to proceed, I felt my mind begin to melt. Then I found your idiots guide and completed the install seamlessly. My remaining brain cells our in your debt

Okay… for the most part, you did very well with this. However, you can’t mount an iso as a virtual drive to do this. 1: there IS no Mac daemon tools. the closest it comes is what’s already part of the OS. 2: even if you did mount it, it wouldn’t STAY mounted when you tried to boot into it, as it was mounted INSIDE OSX. From what I’ve seen, this has to be done with either a bootable flash drive (which, by the way, requires a windows machine), or a retail windows 7 install disc.

and here I thought ImgBurn is only for PC

Worked on my MacBook pro with Windows 8 64-bit consumer preview. Thanks!

it IS only for PC. You need a PC to prepare the disk, as per the instructions.

To clarify: you need a windows machine to do this, but it shouldn’t be that hard to find one to use, since they have the vast majority of the market share out there. You could even use another mac that is compatible with the x64 install disk and do the windows portions of this through that.

Glad to help!

How? Find a PC to borrow. You could possibly try to do this through a temporary VirtualBox windows installation, though I don’t know if the burning process would work correctly.

Thanks, this worked great! I used my laptop which was already partitioned with Windows 7 to do all this and had no issues. I appreciate the idiots guide!!! I have been trying to install Windows 7 on my iMac for about 2 days now and this was the last problem I had to overcome and it was the easiest fix out of everything I had to deal with!

Hi Andy,

Thank you very much for your detailed guide. Unfortunately, no matter what I try, I still can´t manage to install Win7x64 on my Mac Pro 1.1. I have tried both your method and the one you can find in this thread:

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2207855?start=15&tstart=0

Check out “theflickguy”´s reply to see what I mean.

I have tried both installing it using bootcamp and sans bootcamp and I always get the same result: if I try it with bootcamp, I always get the gray screen and then three icons flashing randomly, the apple icon, the “forbidden” one and a folder with a question mark.

If I try to reboot holding “alt” and select the windows install disc, I will get the black screen with the “no bootable device – insert disk and press any key” message.

Is there anything I might be doing wrong or is it possible that it won´t work on my Mac?

As I said, I have a Mac Pro 1.1, 2×2,66 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon running Lion, tons of RAM, two HDD´s, one of them with Lion installed, the other smaller one I was planning on installing Win7 on. Any ideas you might have I would appreciate them.

Thank you so much,

Stefan

Dude, You are a friggin’ HERO! Thanks!

Thanks!

Sorry Stefan, the only idea I have would maybe be that it’s a burn problem. I haven’t done anything with this since 2009.

Hi Andy,

When I put the disc and reboot, I just get a black screen with blinking at the top left corner.

Thank you Andy.. just.. yes.. thanks.

Just wanted to confirm that this still works like a charm! Thanks alot <3

I haven't installed any bootcamp drivers afterwards. Just updated through Windows Update, and i haven't bumped into any problems yet. Had to download seperate sounddriver codec to get the sound to work though.

@Stefan: I'm running the exact same speccs on my mac pro 1.1 but with Snow Leopard and got this to work without any problem.
U have to have missed something :/

Thanks, Andy. That worked for me an my Mac Pro.

My computer won’t pick a destination other than the d:\ (step 6) is there something I’m doing wrong?

Thanks. This guide also works for Windows 8.

I needed this when my dual boot Mac Pro MBR went belly up and the Windows MBR corrupted.

This worked awesome for me THANKS !!! One issue I had though… when trying to create the new image using a genuine install disc it wanted to create a new ISO that was over 20GB ? I ended up just using IMGBurn to create an ISO from the install disc, and then using the ISO when creating the new ISO. Also when creating the new ISO (using Win7 Ult x64) IMGBurn prompted that it recognized a ‘install.wim’ and that usually disc with that on it have a UDF file system and then asks to change to that…. I did not and kept the ISO09660 + UDF. Thanks a million.

Awesome! Just perfect, I too had looked at other posts and this was the most concise and easy to follow – worked great to install Windows 7 Ultimate on a Mac Pro 1,1 Thanks!

Yes! Worked! Thank you thank you thank you!!!

Thanks Andy, This worked great. I think there are a few changes in the newest version of ImgBurn but I worked it out.

After installing windows 7 64bit for several months on an extra partitioned HD (not my main Mac HD) on my old mac, I installed a software, restarted and this message showed up. I have added a lot of stuff on the w7 HD and I do not want to wipe it off to do a clean re-install. Is there a way to make my previous windows 7 HD boot normally on my mac.
I saw a post on someone stating it might be because, since I have 2 partitions on the HD where the windows is (not my main Mac HD), the windows boot start up switched to the other partition (back up files) and I need a BIOS to change it back to the original W7 partition.
Can some one please help on how to go about fixing this issue.

Thanks all for your kind help.

Hi, just a quick note of thanks for this page, it’s a lifesaver! The current version of ImgBurn (as of Sept. 2012) has a couple of minor variances with the text here, most notably a dialog box asking if the image save should be plain UDF (I said ‘no’ to this).

Hi Andy,

Thank you very much for your detailed guide. Unfortunately, no matter what I try, I still can´t manage to install Win7x64 on my Mac Pro 1.1. I have tried both your method and the one you can find in this thread:

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2207855?start=15&tstart=0

Check out “theatricality”´s reply to see what I mean.

I have tried both installing it using bootcamp and sans boot camp and I always get the same result: if I try it with bootcamp, I always get the gray screen and then three icons flashing randomly, the apple icon, the “forbidden” one and a folder with a question mark.

If I try to reboot holding “alt” and select the windows install disc, I will get the black screen with the “no bootable device – insert disk and press any key” message.

Is there anything I might be doing wrong or is it possible that it won´t work on my Mac?

As I said, I have a Mac Pro 1.1, 2×2,66 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon running Lion, tons of RAM, two HDD´s, one of them with Lion installed, the other smaller one I was planning on installing Win7 on. Any ideas you might have I would appreciate them.

Thank you so much,

Read more: http://www.gopulls.com/blog/2009.08.26/install-windows-7-x64-on-a-mac-beat-the-select-cd-rom-boot-type-error/#ixzz283eQBKsr

the only idea I have would maybe be that it’s a burn problem. I haven’t done anything with this since 2009.

YOU ARE MY NEW INTERNET HERO.

This saved me a ton of grief during issues with moving bootcamp to a new ssd.

Thank you.

All I can say is, “Thank you very much.” I have finally been able to install Win7 64Bit on my MacPro 2006. You are awesome.

YOU SIR ARE A GOLDEN GOD! Thanks so much for this. Was pulling my hair out because Windows 8 Auto Update would only download 32 bit version of Win8 as I’m running Win7 32 bit. Found out I could put the 64 bit pre-release on first to make the Auto Update download the 64 bit but could not get past the cd-rom boot error. Worked like a charm. Thanks much for the great guide.

Thank you Andy

You’ve made my day!

Thank you for the step-by-step instructions and the required reference that’ve made it available.

I have installed W7 64 bit successfully on MacPro OS X Snow Leopard with lates updates.

Mac Pro 2006, 2x3GHz:
¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡ FUNCIONANDO !!!!!!!!!!!!!
¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡ FUNCIONANDO !!!!!!!!!!!!!
¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡ FUNCIONANDO !!!!!!!!!!!!!
¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡ FUNCIONANDO !!!!!!!!!!!!!
¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡ FUNCIONANDO !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Iba a cantar una canción pero el traductor de Google diría atrocidades… : )
Andy te quiero. Gracias Gracias Gracias .
Lo he hecho al pie de la letra y con VMWare Fusion y con un DVD externo.
Con personas como tu vale la pena tener que aguantar a Apple y a Windows… igual hasta podemos vencerles algún día. : )

(translated with gooogle)
Mac Pro 2006, 2x3GHz:
RUNNING!!
RUNNING!!
RUNNING!!
RUNNING!!
RUNNING!!
I was going to sing a song but the Google translator would say atrocities…:))
Andy I love you. Thank you thank you thank you.
I’ve done the letter and with VMWare Fusion and with an external DVD.
With people as your voucher worth having to endure to Apple and Windows… the same until one day we can beat them. : )

Thank you so much. I’m going to try the windows 8 install on my Mac mini mid 2007

Great Work, worked perfectly and installed.
The only problem I have is that I cannot install either BootCamp 4 or 5 to get the drivers onto the system,
keeps saying the computer is not compatible with 64 bit. Any ideas please.

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I used your tutorial after replacing my mac mini 2,1 hard drive with a 120 SSD, and 4 gigs of ram. Everything works perfectly.

I do have a question though. My mini seems to be running in IDE mode and I don’t know how to change it to AHCI. When I replaced the HD with an SSD, I did so cleanly – not leaving any Mac OS involved, and installed Win 7 Ultimate. Will I have error issues leaving the box in IDE mode, and is there a way to change it to AHCI?

Thank you again for your wonderful tutorial!

Not really sure, usually that’s a BIOS setting. IDE shouldn’t hurt you though.

Wow, I’m so glad I came across this! I had been pulling my hair out trying to find directions that made complete sense. This got Win 7 64bit installed on my Mac Pro 1,1 without a hitch and it worked fine while doing it running Vista in Parallels.

Thank you, Thank you!

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