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Install windows 7 on MacBook Air

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March 8, 2011 2:02:02 AM

I try install windows 7 on Macbook Air with bootcamp. The problem is after system prompt me to partition and ask to load the windows 7 installation CD. when I load windows 7 CD the system unable to read. I change another CD it still same. My CD player is working fine when I restore to Mac OS to play song. Appreciate if somebody can help me?
a b $ Windows 7
March 8, 2011 5:38:52 AM

Windows 7 is supplied on a DVD, not a CD. Is your drive a DVD reader?
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March 8, 2011 7:41:30 AM

yes. it is a DVD player.
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March 8, 2011 7:47:55 AM

Well, a USB connected DVD reader should be able to read the disk. You might like to search the Apple Forums to see if anyone else has experienced this problem.
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March 8, 2011 4:11:38 PM

Mac Book Airs do not come with a CD/DVD drive, you positive it's an Air? It may be a Mac Book Pro.

I have seen this issue before with Mac Book Pro's 2008-2010 (inability to read certain disks). To fix it usually only requires a firmware update. Go to the apple in on the menu bar and select system update. It will take you through the process step by step. Please pay attention as messing up the firmware installation process can result in undesirable results.

Good luck and I hope this helps.
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March 15, 2011 12:39:06 AM

roagie said:
Mac Book Airs do not come with a CD/DVD drive, you positive it's an Air? It may be a Mac Book Pro.

I have seen this issue before with Mac Book Pro's 2008-2010 (inability to read certain disks). To fix it usually only requires a firmware update. Go to the apple in on the menu bar and select system update. It will take you through the process step by step. Please pay attention as messing up the firmware installation process can result in undesirable results.

Good luck and I hope this helps.



Hi Roagie,

I have done it and apple website also prompt that my MacBook Air is up to date. Is it the problem on the USB extender DVD drive? Any other solution?
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a b $ Windows 7
March 15, 2011 2:51:45 PM

If you can get to another machine you can put the windows image on a USB flash drive and install it that way.
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March 16, 2011 12:28:41 AM

skittle said:
If you can get to another machine you can put the windows image on a USB flash drive and install it that way.


Hi Skittle,

We try it on USE flash drive too. The screen prompt "?" on the folder, but we try to boot from other intel window PC no problem booting.
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March 28, 2011 2:29:43 AM

Best answer selected by Williamtan.
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