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Hello there,

I have been using Windows on my MacBook Pro through Boot Camp for quite a while. First, I did it on my older MacBook Pro which I bought in 2008 and now on my my new one. The thing is, whenever I install Vista or 7, it takes a long time to boot into Windows.

A white dash keeps flashing for around a minute (or a little bit less) and then it boots into Windows. That does not happen, however, when I install Windows XP. I am not sure why!!!!! It is very irritating.

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After two years, I finally eliminated that problem. Thanks to a tip by a member in another forum, I started doing some googling and came up with a fix. It turns out that Boot Camp uses an XP compatible Master Boot Record which causes the 15 - 20 seconds waiting time in both Vista and Windows 7. You must use the Windows 7 installation DVD in order to fix that.

Here are the instructions I wrote on how to fix it:

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I inserted the Windows 7 DVD, restarted computer, booted from DVD, clicked NEXT, chose Repair Your Computer, Use System Image to Restore (or something like that), then cancel and you will find a list of things you can do, choose "Command Prompt".

Now type bootsect /help and then type bootsect /nt60 SYS and then restart the computer.

Done.

Easier instructions:

1) Boot from Windows 7 DVD
2) Repair Your Computer
3) Use system image to restore and then click cancel
4) Choose command prompt (the last choice in the list)
5) Type bootsect /help then press ENTER
6) Type bootsect /nt60 SYS then press ENTER

Advantages of doing so:

1) No more delay booting into Windows
2) You will get the nice, animated "Starting Windows" display instead of the ugly looking progress bar
Good luck.
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Not sure why you even had to do that? I installed Windows 7 using the Boot Camp assistant included with Snow Leopard (version 3.0) and had no problem whatsoever with a delay. Boots instantly to the desktop just like running Windows 7 on a PC would.

Anyway, glad to hear you fixed it.
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I actually always used Boot Camp Assistant to install Windows and the delay still occurred.
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Perhaps the issue isn't with Boot Camp, but with Windows.
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