When we manually deploy dual-boot Apple devices, this sequence of steps works well:
- Install OS X image over the network
- Use Boot Camp to prepare the disk for Windows
- Use a Windows XP installation disc to install vanilla Windows
- Stop the installation where the setup wizard begins
- Format the Windows partition and install our WIM image with ImageX
Why are steps 3 and 4 necessary? Why can't we just install our WIM? In fact, it would seem easier just to use Disk Utility to create a second partition and install Windows there. In this case, there wind up being three partitions, including a 200MB partition at the front of the disk.
Update: Just reproduced this again. Here are the steps so far. If anyone wants to chime in on why this behaves this way, I'd love to hear your theories.
- Installed OS X image
- Ran Boot Camp Assistant
- Selected "Quit and Install Later" rather than inserting a Windows disc
- Rebooted into WinPE
- Applied my WIM
- Rebooted to BootPicker screen
- Selected the Windows installation
- Machine reboots (to disk0s3 per BootPicker) to a black screen with blinking cursor.
Booting with the Option key held does not list a Windows volume.
In Diskpart, the volumes are all listed and the appropriate files are on C:. I checked boot.ini and ensured that it was configured correctly and set the partition as active.