Pictures from Installing Vista Beta 2 on MacBook Pro

Pictures from Installing Vista Beta 2 on MacBook Pro

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Here are some Images I shot along the way…
My installation procedure step by step :

Figure 1: I'm an idiot, I downloaded the 64 bit version

Figure 2: Install now? YES PLEASE! BTW, at the bottom left of this screen is the repair link I needed to fix the MBR.


Figure 3: The patritioning schema should look like this. Of course it's likely you will have different sizes for the Mac and the Windows partitions


Figure 4: Don’t panic if you get this after Vista seemingly installed correctly. You just need to reboot from the Vista Install DVD and then select repair (bottom left of the ‘Install Now’ screen).

Figure 5: After that, start playing and discover how Vista makes life better! This is the nice dialog I saw when I plugged in an external screen.

Tags: Apple Boot Camp, Microsoft Windows, Vista

  • Hi Joe, yes Aero works. Wonderfully well.
    Actually the MacBook Pro is in my opinion one of the best machines around to run Vista. That is, in case you buy it with 2GB of RAM and the 256MB graphics card :-)
  • Now there's no questions asked why I shouldn't get a Mac. :D Just one question though, this is like a dual boot for mac and windows, right?
  • Do I ned to have 40gigs for Vista o work? I have 15 now and I get the error from step 4 but cannot repair the volume.
  • Gizmo. If you keep getting the error in picture 4 you probably haven't deleted the EFI partition, or have you?
  • Dren T. Martin, that's exactly what it is. You boot while holding the option key down and then you have the choice to boot Windows or Mac.  
  • When I go into the installation and try and delete the 199 MB (200 MB) EFI partition nothing happens, I think it may have actually deleted it but the vista installation program still shows it EVEN after a hit Refresh.

    Also, I'm royally screwed now, because I back in and tried to fix the startup error, and even with the EFI partition DELETED it STILL says that it can't fix the problem.

    Also, the list of drives under recovery options shows 3 23 gig vista partition. so there is an error there, i only made one, and i know what i'm doing.

    So the sucky thing is since i deleted the EFI partition when I run BootCamp assistant in Mac OS X it says it can't do anything for me... I can no longer delete the Vista partition and start all over from scratch like I want to do.

    Can someone please help me. I use a MacBook (not Pro) 2.0 ghz black with 2 gigs of ram.

    "Ian, you delete the EFI partition using the XP or Vista installation wizard.

    You could also boot from the Apple installation CD and use the Disk Utility to do this. "
  • how big is the final installation? I only have a small partition on my MB and dont know if it's enough to hold the new Beta...
  • So does this process still allow you to boot into OS X or just vista?  What does deleting the EFI do to OS X?
  • also, what effect does removing the EFI partition have on Mac OS X?
  • "OK, I see what you did... you deleted the EFI partition. I knew that doing that would work, but it also prevents Boot Camp from being able to manage the Windows partition from then on... and I'd rather not do that. " - Clay

    Doing this will prevent me from using Bootcamp's "Restore the startup disk to a single volume" option? If so, what would I have to do to get rid of the Windows partition when I don't need it anymore?
  • I've tried this process twice now, exactly following the steps provided, and both times the 'repair' process doesnt' work, and can't repair the install, thus giving me a useless install of Vista AND a hard drive partitioning scheme that is un-fixable.

    One question I have is: what exactly is this 'repair' process? Does it need to get out to the internet by chance? I'm using wireless with an AirPort Express and I have both MAC address filtering and WAP2 security enabled; does this Vista repair process need to get out to the internet by chance? Could the WPA security be blocking 'net access, and thus impeding the repair process? Anything will help, as both times this process has failed I've had to completely wipe the drive, reinstall Mac OS X, install Boot Camp, XP, then Vista... I really want to play with Vista but I can't blow too many more afternoons doing this.

    Thanks for any help.
  • is it true that you are stuck in windows  vista? or can you go back to Mac OS X
  • Don't Don't Don't delete the EFI partition after you install Vista. I tried this and it just led to a world of trouble.

    For a lesson in what not to do, you can take a look at the post on my site.

    Thanks to Hans I'm finally getting off the ground!
  • I know that it has been reported ad nauseam all over the Web but I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that you can install Windows Vista beta 2 on the MacBook Pro. (No word yet on if it works...
  • You guys do know that if you delete your EFI partition, then no future Apple firmware updates can be installed!

    May want to consider that before you crap your machine up with Windoze Vis-duh.
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