Installing Windows onto Bootcamp partition: A Required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing

Here’s a weird one.  So, you’ve created your Windows 7 bootcamp USB device.  You’ve rebooted.  Now, Windows is going through the normal install prompts.  Everything seems peachy, right?

Nope.  If you’re like me, you’ll run into the fantastic ‘A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing’ screen:

Right, so how do you fix this?  Simple:

  1. Click Cancel.
  2. Rip your USB flash drive out.
  3. Shove it into another USB port.
  4. Click Install again.  It’ll go through without a problem.

Make sense?  No, didn’t think so.  But, it works!

How to prevent .DS_Store file creation over network connections

Having recently purchased a Macbook Pro and using it on my internal network comprising of a Windows Server 2008 box and several Windows 7 clients, I noticed a whole bunch of trash files being created by the Mac.  Namely, all the .DS_Store files.

A quick google search later and the Apple support site explains how to stop this bad behaviour:

  1. Open Terminal.
  2. Execute this command:
    defaults write com.apple.desktopservices DSDontWriteNetworkStores true
  3. Either restart the computer or log out and back in to the user account.