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I just recently crossed over to my first Mac desktop. I purchased the latest 3.2GHz iMac, great...had no idea they did away with a disk driver, not great. I do a lot of adobe work so I made the right choice in crossing over but to get a little game enjoyment out of it isn't too much to ask. This is the only reason i want Windows. I've been doing research and there seems to be know way to download genuine Windows software. I've looked into external disk drives and they are way expensive. I'm hoping there's way to sort this out that I maybe overlooked?

If there is already a thread about this that I haven't noticed a link would be much appreciated. Thanks.
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I've looked into external disk drives and they are way expensive.
You haven't been looking in the right places!

Here's what you need for only $49 bucks:

OWC VLU2SD24XS External 24X DVD DL USB 2.0... in stock at OWC

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Take it you mean an optical drive?

A cheap Samsung SE208 works just fine. Being USB powered only, purchased a cheap four port USB hub as you need two ports to plug it into.

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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The new iMacs can install Windows via a USB flash drive since they do not have a built in optical drive. Do some Googling, Apple provides the drivers and it's completely doable.

You probably should go ahead and buy the external optical drive Nick linked you to since that will come in handy to install other software and to burn disks. However, you do not an optical drive to install Windows via Boot Camp or as a virtual machine.
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