Saturday, December 5, 2015

Fwd: My post to Facebook

If you want to install Windows 7 on pre-2012 Mac computer, then the only way to do it is with a bootable DVD using the internal DVD drive.  Never mind running to store to purchase the flash drive that all the instructions and Bootcamp tell you to use.  It doesn't work.  Neither does an external DVD drive.  If you want to make a bootable DVD from an ISO, then your best bet is a Windows 7+ PC using the Windows USB-DVD download tool.  Not using the tool will fail.  Also, Windows XP is apparently not 64 bit enough to burn the disk successfully, and the ISO I burned from the Mac didn't seem to work.   Fortunately I had a Windows 10 laptop.  And as far as that internal DVD drive is concerned, if yours never worked right from the time you bought the Mac (like mine), or currently doesn't work right, then you are out of luck.  I just had a repair shop order me a new one. 

I should add that if Bootcamp refuses to remove XP from your Mac, and then tells you to boot up in recovery mode to remove the partition, that this is an easy way to turn your Mac into a very big paperweight.  Likewise if something goes wrong with the bootcamp install, your Mac may refuse to boot.  If this happens to you, don't panic like I did and spend $65 at a repair shop to get your operating system reinstalled back to factory settings.   It turns out that if you hold ALT (Option) key on boot up that you get to a boot menu where you can get back to your operating system.

The only reason I bought a Mac in 2010 was so that I could write iPhone Apps.  Otherwise, I can't see why anyone would want to own one.  The 27 inch iMac is a very beautiful overpriced computer with a pretty operating system, but I find that operating system clunky and restrictive to use.   Also, I am too dependent on Windows to not have that as well.

Hello, I'm a PC.