Installing and configuring Bootcamp without sighted assistance


This guide has been archived, as it is likely to be out of date for most users and use cases.

Hello all
Here is how you install and set up Bootcamp on your mac.

1. I will assume you have set up your Bootcamp partition with Bootcamp Assistant and nothing else. At this point your mac should have restarted with the Windows Installation Dvd booting or booted up. I will also assume you have downloaded and stored the latest Bootcamp Support software.
2. I will assume you are using a retail Dvd of Windows. I am unsure whether this guide will work with Oem versions. An Oem version of Windows is the same as the retail Dvd, except the product key will be tied to your machine and will not work beyond that.
3. If you have met the above requirements, and Windows still does not install, one possibility is an incompatibility with the mac's keyboard, whether built in or connected somehow, such as via Usb. I should imagine bluetooth keyboards are out of the question. As a workaround, try connecting a standard pc keyboard.

Now that is out of the way, please read the below guide carefully to install Windows. I shall assume you will be installing Windows 7 onto your Bootcamp partition, since the current version only supports Windows 7.
Update - as of Os X 10.8.3, Windows 8 is also supported, however no testing has been done as of the time of this writing.

1. The first screen is the language, keyboard input and currency display. Press enter at this point to select English. You can change this later in Windows Control Panel, Region and Language.
2. Press enter again to select the install button. The Dvd should spin up at this point.
3. Wait until the Dvd spins right down, and accept the license terms by pressing the space bar. Press enter to select the next button.
4. Press c to select the custom (advanced) button.
5. Press down arrow four times. This should select your Bootcamp partition. Confirm where your Bootcamp partition is located in Disk Utility. The number besides the partition indicates how many presses of the down arrow key are required, which is usually 4.
6. Press alt-a or option-a depending on your keyboard to select the drive options (advanced) button. Note the option key is equivalent to the alt key while the command key is equivalent to the Windows key.
7. Press alt-f or option-f to select the format option.
8. Press up arrow once, and press enter. You should hear a little disk activity from the hard drive. This is setup doing a quick format of the Bootcamp Partition to the Ntfs file system.
9. Press alt-b or option-b to select the back button.
10. Press c to select the custom (advanced) button. This ensures that the newly formatted Bootcamp Partition, now labelled Untitled, is displayed in the drives list.
11. Press down arrow as many times as required (usually four) to select the above partition, and press enter.
12. At this point, the Dvd will spin up, slowly. You will also hear disk activity coming from the hard drive.
That's it! Windows is now installing.
This may take up to 30 minutes initially while the files are extracted and copied from the Dvd.
13. Allow the mac to reboot once so that setup can continue.
14. When the mac reboots for a second time, press and hold the option key, and press right arrow once or twice to select the Mac partition. Press enter. This may involve some trial and error.
The following steps only apply if you have Vmware Fusion installed.
15. Open Vmware Fusion.
16. From the file menu in the menu bar, select Import.
17. In the select a virtual machine window, press the escape key.
18. Press down arrow once to focus to an unlabelled button. If you Vo-right arrow, you will see that this will create a virtual machine using your Bootcamp partition. If so, go ahead and activate with Vo-space.
19. Wait a while, and your Bootcamp Partition will start up.
20. Use Narrator to complete Windows setup.
21. Wait some more time while Vmware Tools gets installed. Allow the virtual machine to reboot if prompted.
22. Once back on your desktop, install and configure your favourite screen reader.
23. Connect a usb flash drive or other removable storage device to which the Bootcamp Support software is located.
24. Run setup.exe and follow the instructions, allowing the virtual machine to reboot when prompted.
25. Once back on your desktop, shut down the virtual machine.

That's it! The next time you boot from your Bootcamp Partition, you will not only have Windows, but also all the tools and drivers needed for Bootcamp will also be there, enabling features such as sound support, the option to use f1, f2 etc as software function keys, and so on.

I hope you find this guide useful. Please contact me for any comments, suggestions or queries.
Thank you for reading!



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#51 You cannot use vmware fusion

You cannot use vmware fusion to install via boot camp. You have to use boot camp to install via boot camp then fusion if you have it to complete the install. it is not free but worth it. I got it on sale on black Friday, or was it cyber Monday.

Take care.

#52 I think you can use a usb

I think you can use a usb sound card to do this, that is redirect narrator so you can finisht he install. this was recommended in another place, I don't remember ware however.

#53 Post the steps

Have made many attempts to Boot Camp Windows 8.1. Boot Camp gives message need a single drive not a partitioned drive.
Do I need a Boot Camp update. Recently installed El Capitan. Are there problems that conflict with this system?

#54 Boot Camp Assistant use USB to to download ISO Windows 7

Have chosen second window to install latest but continue to get message about partitioning needs single drive.

#55 Hello everyone.

Hello everyone.

I am sorry if this guide is way too old. There has been many changes since then, including the ability to install Windows from an ISO image whose files are copied to removable media such as a USB drive. This therefore answers the question of whether you can install from a file. Since recent macs do not incorporate an optical drive, the only option is to install from an ISO image freely available from Microsoft or of course you can create one from your existing DVD. As for the Bootcamp tools, the Bootcamp Assistant will guide you through the process of downloading and copying the drivers and tools to removable media such as a USB drive.

U I hope this helps.