Dual Boot Mac OS X & Windows 7
For those of you who want to degrade their beautiful hardware with Microsoft, here is an easy way to dual boot Mac OS X and Windows 7. I will go over how to install it and configuring a working bootloader. It is important to understand that the computer world is not a perfect one, and data loss is always possible. Backing up your data is always a good practice. You can use Time Machine on your Mac, its a very nice and cool tool.
- What I am assuming:
- You are trying to dual boot on a custom made PC running Mac (a Hackintosh). If you have a real Mac, you don't need this, you can use Boot Camp.
- You already have an exclusive partition you mean to use for Windows 7. If not you will need to resize your harddrive and create a partition for Windows 7 (I can make a guide on how to resize partitions if requested).
- You have the ability to type some things in a command line without it ending in calling the fire department.
- You are using Legitimate Copies of both OSs.
- What you will need:
- Mac OS X DVD.
- Windows 7 DVD.
- A USB drive at least 2 MB in size (formatted FAT32). Make sure to note the name of your USB drive.
1. First of all you will need to download these 2 files. I have provided links. Once downloaded, unzip files (if need be), and copy them to your USB stick then leave the USB drive connected:
2. Insert your Mac OS X DVD and reboot your machine. Boot into Mac OS X installer (the DVD). Once your in, open "Terminal". Then follow below:
- First of all we will unmount the OS X partition that was auto-mounted on boot. Type in code without the "#" sign.
# umount /Volumes/NameOfYourOSXpartition
- Next, we will use the gptsync program you downloaded on your USB drive to modify our MBR table so Windows 7 will install on a GUID partition table. Type in each line of code individually and without the "#" sign.