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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 (102)

Hi Andy,

Just a tad unsure of how to proceed when imgburn application opens with regard to which option to choose. Here, are we supposed to: 1.) write image file to disc; 2.) write file/folders to disc; or 3.) create image file from disc.

Thank You. Much Enlightened

Really thank you for this marvelous guide!
I was able to install Win7 Pro 64 on my MacPro 1.1 ”Quad” 2.0Ghz.

Greetings from Germany!

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