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Apple Mac Mini 2011 - Windows 7 with Apple Boot Camp Utility

by on 2. August 2011 14:45

Having issues installing Windows 7 in the Boot Camp Utility? I sure did!


Let's look a bit closer on those issues.


I bought the Mac Mini in hope of getting rid of my PC desktop, which was a great PC, but it was time to combine and make room for more stuff! Hehe. Anywho, not to spoil the story, but I did finally have success in installing Windows 7 on the 2011 Apple Mac Mini.


When opening the Boot Camp Utility on the Mac Mini, it basically asks you three things:

  1. Install Windows 7 on install USB flash drive
  2. Download Windows Support files
  3. Create Windows Partition or Remove Windows partition.


When you choose to unload a Windows 7 ISO to the USB flash, it seems to work fine. It unloads the files to the USB, then creates the partition. Once it completes, the Mac mini reboots and tries to boot to the new Windows partition. When it does this, I received two errors.


The first time, I received a "NLTDR is missing. Press CTRL-ALT-Del to restart" message. I believe this just means it couldn't find the proper files to install windows, but for more information on this, check out this link: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/318728.


Secondly, I receive  "No bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key." Sadly, Cry, after speaking with Apple support, even though the Mac mini acted as if it would work with the USB Flash drive, it will not. Unfortunately for some users, you will have to get a USB optical drive (dvd or cd) and boot the Mac mini, hold "option" key, and select the optical drive as your startup, and use the Windows 7 installation disk.


Not so fast...


Once I was finally able to boot into Windows setup, I am told, "Windows must be installed to a partition formatted as NTFS." Even though I used Bootcamp to create the Windows partition, he wasn't compatible with Windows 7.


The quick and easy fix.


On the Windows setup screen, there a couple of buttons below the Partition list, one being Format. Select the appropriate partition, probably says, "BOOTCAMP." Make sure the partition size matches up with the size that you set for the Bootcamp partition. Once you have clicked that, you can click the Format button. It will format it pretty quickly, and then you can continue in the install of Windows 7 on that partition.


With all that said, installing Windows 7 on the 2011 Mac Mini is definitely possible. Was it easy, definitely not!


If you have any questions, please feel free to comment or e-mail me at dj@z5concepts.com.




Apple | OS X Lion | Mac mini | Apple Boot Camp

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