There’s been a lot of buzz about the Pre-RC1 build of Vista working with Boot Camp. I decided to give it a try, and it was pretty easy. You’ll want to perform a full backup before you try this!!!
- First, run the BootCamp Assistant and delete your Windows installation. This will wipe out all your data, but will restore your Mac to a single partition. You only need to do this if you want to perform the next step.
- I’m pretty sure Vista won’t run on a FAT32 file system, so you need some way to exchange files between Mac OS X and Windows. I think the best way to do this is to create a third partition. This post (read it all) has lots of details on this. On my MacBook with a 100GB drive, I used this command to shrink my Mac partition and create a 5GB partition for shared data and a 20GB partition for Vista:
sudo diskutil resizeVolume disk0s2 72842723328B \ "MS-DOS FAT32" Data 5368709120B \ "MS-DOS FAT32" Windows 21474836480B
- Next, I rebooted, opened a Terminal, and ran this command to create a FAT32 file system on the Data partition (please check the output of
diskutil list /dev/disk0to be sure you are operating on the right partition first or you may wipe out important data!!!):
sudo newfs_msdos /dev/disk0s3
- Once I finished these steps, I inserted the Vista DVD, and rebooted the Mac. I held down the Option key as it was starting, and selected the Vista DVD as the boot media.
- I went through the Vista installer as normal, and all was fine. The only oddity was that when it rebooted, it went into Mac OS X. I opened up System Preferences/Startup Disk and told it to boot from the new Windows partition.
- I rebooted and setup continued as normal.