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    bootable usb
    Install or remove windows 7 or later version is grayed out in boot camp for me and I can only find guides on how to make a bootable usb drive using boot camp. Since I can't use boot camp can someone please guide me on how to get windows 8 on a usb with the iso and make it bootable on my macbook pro early 2011. Also Im on osx mavericks 10.9.2

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    harryb2448's Avatar
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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB Flash Storage, OS X.12.6.
    Microsoft do not allow installing Windows on an external drive. Part of their anti-piracy measures. Do you not have Windows on a DVD? Your model MBP has a superdrive.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    Late 2013 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    Why don't you burn the Windows 8 iso to a DVD and use that to install from the Boot Camp assistant? Is your optical drive not working?

    Or, you can watch this YouTube video to learn how to create a bootable Win 8 flash drive.

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