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MacBook Pro Keyboard doesn't work in Windows 8

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deperkins Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Aug 24, 2012 5:44 PM

I just installed Windows 8 via boot camp on my mid-2009 MacBook Pro.  Install went fine, installed over Win 7.  Everything was working ok, except for trackpad.  I rebooted into Mountain Lion and downloaded the latest boot camp drivers.  I rebooted again into Windows 8.  Once I got to the login screen, the built-in keyboard would not work.  A wired keyboard would not work either.  My magic mouse was the only thing that did work.  The problem...I have a password set and can't login if the keyboard doesn't work.  Help!

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1)
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,595 points)
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    Aug 25, 2012 5:32 AM (in response to deperkins)

    trackpad work. You need to install trackpad++

    (, it will enable the trackpad driver on boot camp. After you install the trackpad++, trackpad++ will complain something. ingnore it.  You should be able to enable trackpad. And you can now even uninstall the  trackpad++, the trackpad will sill work.


    went into Device Manager and on the two "Touchpad" entries with the bang on them, went to "Update Driver" -> "Browse My Computer" -> "Let me pick from a list..." and changed them both to USB Input Device. Reboot.

    Go back to Device Manager, do an "Update Driver" again, let it search automatically, and one comes back as Apple Multitouch and the other as Apple Multitouch Mouse. Rebooted again, trackpad working and shows up in Boot Camp control panel.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,595 points)
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    Aug 26, 2012 8:11 AM (in response to deperkins)

    Installing over an old should work, but it is never ideal or recommended.


    You did need to have 30GB free space to perform the upgrade.


    And you can rollback and use Windows 7.


    Installing 'new' Apple drivers also does not always go well.

    Uninstall and then install. But you're on a new OS so you would have had to install Apple drivers.


    I don't think your keyboard is a Wndows 8 issue at all.


    If you kept to Windows 8, there is 20GB or so you can delete Disk Cleanup: Options: System Files.


    The ideal of course is to boot Windows 8 DVD and format the partition (again) and install - maybe that is what you did. It is also though possible to go different route from within Windows 7.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,595 points)
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    Aug 28, 2012 6:15 AM (in response to deperkins)

    DropBox has unfortunately been in the news of late that tarnished its security image and now has double authentication.


    I've run into problems with updates where I had to uninstall the program and just do manual download and install a new version.


    Windows 8 Enterprise does not have the issues though that RP and earlier suffered.

  • Ryblack Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Oct 9, 2012 5:28 AM (in response to deperkins)

    How did u managed to type in the password in the end? I have the same problem now, can't login as I can't type the password..Caplocks can be detected!

  • Chiantii Calculating status...
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    Oct 9, 2012 12:29 PM (in response to deperkins)

    Just to add to the discussion,


    I tried an upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 and had the same issue with the keyboard not working. Not only that, but NO keyboard would work. I tried plugging in several USB keyboards and nothing worked. Only a clean install of Windows 8 fixed the issue.

  • Ryblack Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Oct 10, 2012 12:06 AM (in response to deperkins)

    tried restarting and shut down more than 10 times and still not managed to type. i removed the partition

  • Ryblack Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Oct 10, 2012 7:24 PM (in response to deperkins)

    Nope, i'll only install windows 8 until bootcamp is compatible with it

  • hminaya Calculating status...
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    Oct 20, 2012 8:21 PM (in response to deperkins)

    I did a clean install and have the same problem, I guess I will be going back to win 7

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