Install Windows 7 on an iMac without Apple software

I have 'experimented' with the installation of Windows 7 on iMac (20-inch 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo, IIRC) mother and managed to enter an insensitive State and I'm trying to understand why. In short, the objective here is to determine how to install Windows 7 on an iMac (starting with a blank hard drive).

A little history: MOM (and me) didn't like the Apple OS, so she was fortunately in Linux (CentOS 6) for a couple of years, but for various reasons, she now needs Windows. In the past, I installed Linux and Windows on anything and everything with a CPU, largely without major problems (so far). To clarify, install Linux was fine on this iMac, only Windows turns out to be difficult.

One thing that seems to cause me a lot of trouble, is that - as I understand it: it's hard / cannot access all the options start at low altitude on an iMac (for example usual UEFI / BIOS stuff). Is this correct, or am I missing something?

Another issue I have is that almost all the information that I find online made the assumption that the Apple OS is installed. This is clearly not the case for me - I've invested in Snow Leopard, a long time ago, but quickly decided it wasn't for me, erased the hard drive, installed CentOS and released the Snow Leopard installation media in the desert.

The question I'm stuck, is the Windows 7 Installer refuses to install on the hard disk. He creates with happiness and format a primary partition, but gives the following error:

Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Make sure that the drive controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu.


If I could have access to all the low-level boot options, then maybe I could investigate this matter. Can anyone offer advice?

Here is the optimal solution to the problem: buy a Windows computer. They are cheap. A Mac with OS X installed can run Windows using Boot Camp Assistant for a system dual-boot. Only then do you get drivers Windows requires to be used with Apple hardware.

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