Use a Mac to install Windows on a formerly Linux nettop box
December 30, 2012 10:33 PM Subscribe
How do I make a bootable Windows USB flash drive using a Mac?
I'm trying to install Windows 7 (or 8) on a Acer AspireRevo nettop (with the Atom 230 processor). The processor is supposed to be 64-bit compatible, so that's the version I'm trying to install.
My copy of Windows 7 (and 8) is completely valid and legal, as it is through a university program. I download the .iso file and am supposed to burn it onto a CD. Neither my (Mac) laptop nor the nettop has an optical drive so I would like to install it using a USB drive.
I have read numerous instructions and cannot seem to get it to work.
* I have a 4G Cruzer and a Kingston 16G flash drive. I've tried both. The .iso image is about 3.7G.
* I have tried flashing a copy of XBMC onto the USB drive, which also does not work.
* I have tried using unetbootin, for Mac, which did not work.
* I have tried using the Disk Utility + 'dd' command, which did not work. I tried both GUID and MBR for Disk Utility options (and formatting it as free space or as exFat). I tried 'dd' both to /dev/diskN and to /dev/rdiskN.
* I have tried using a SD card instead of a USB. It also does not recognize the operating system on it.
* The computer BIOS is set to load from the USB, and indeed recognizes that there is a USB device / SDCard on bootup. (e.g. It allows me to select "Cruzer ..." if that's the one I have inserted.)
* I have wiped the harddisk of the nettop so I can't restore Windows XP from it. It is running a broken version of XBMCUbuntu. (Broken X system, which means I can't even login properly, not even with alt+F3/4/5/etc because the monitor keeps refreshing.)
I work with computers, but this is frustrating the **** out of me. It's a belated Christmas present for my little sister. If anyone has a proven-to-work instruction set for how to use a Mac (macbook air, to be specific) to flash a USB for Windows bootup, please let me know.
If no good solutions turn up, I will try to borrow a friend's Windows machine, but I fail to see why Windows should be able to do something that the Mac can't (even with command lines).