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Its the 27th today!!!!! When can I update my Bootcamp Windows 7 To Windows 8 with the official drivers?

1209 Views 13 Replies Latest reply: Nov 4, 2012 11:35 PM by chuythebestone RSS
Kattinka07 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 25, 2012 10:29 PM

I waited so far as I didnt want to take any risk of not working parts like trackpad etc on my Macbook Pro 2011.

But now, after the official launch I a am really keen on doing it. Apple...when are you ready??????

Ipad, Iphone 4 , Macbook Pro 13 inch 2011,, iOS 4, PC Windows 7
  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,480 points)

    It shouldn't take a lot. Windows 7 support was included in a Snow Leopard update, so probably an update with WIndows 8 support will be released. If you want, install Windows 8 in a virtual machine, unless Parallels, until Apple releases the update

  • ptrlws Calculating status...

    Windows 7 was released 22nd October 2009. The updated Boot Camp drivers providing Windows 7 support were released on 19th January 2010. The gap between these two dates was 89 days. Wouldn't want to speculate, but thought this might be useful for your reference!

  • kernco Calculating status...

    I updated my Windows 7 Boot camp installation to Windows 8 today (15" MacBook Pro, early 2011). I wouldn't recommend it to others.


    I had the trackpad problem that's been reported. It didn't work at all, and I was followed some instructions online that involved installing it as a generic USB input device. This enable moving the mouse cursor and clicking, but nothing else. Two-finger click wouldn't right-click, and two-finger drag wouldn't scroll. I also noticed while doing this that Device Manager was reporting a problem with the facetime camera. I didn't test it.


    Other than that, the desktop seemed to work fine. I ran into more significant problems when I started playing around with the start screen. I used it fine a couple times to search for apps to run while I was dealing with the trackpad problem, but I hadn't really tried doing anything else. The first thing I did was go into the PC settings, which immediately caused my computer to crash and reboot. I tried again and the same thing happened. Now I'm rebooted into OS X. I'll probably try again this weekend to see if it's just the settings or if the whole start screen itself is unstable. I think it might have to do with graphics drivers. The Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant advised that I would need to reinstall the ATI Catalyst Control Center after upgrading, which I haven't done yet. Maybe people with Nvidia GPUs will have an easier time.

  • chuythebestone Calculating status...

    I installed the final version of Windows 8 (with refit) about two months ago from Dreamspark in my late 2009 Macbook, but when I installed everything (including the Windows 7 drivers from bootcamp) and was good to try it, the screen froze.


    Now when I try to start Windows 8, the screen frozes everytime between 5min to 30min from starting the system.


    Must be the drivers, I expect them to be released before the end of the year at least.

  • bbfc Level 3 Level 3 (845 points)

    Why should Apple make Windows 8 support a priority? They provide Boot Camp without support and can release drivers when they want. Your Mac is designed to run Mac OS X, not Windows. If you want to use Windows, then by a Windows machine. SImple.


    Windows 8 installs without issue on my Early 2011 MBP, using Windows 7 drivers and some driver updates from WU.

  • fishffishstinks Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)

    Becuase it's a selling point for them. If business do adopt Windows 8 then the only way they would switch employees over to a Mac was if it ran.

  • CSPhobos Calculating status...

    You forget that after purchasing a mac, some can't afford or do NOT WANT TO purchase another computer. Bootcamp, imo, is a GREAT reason to buy a mac in the first place!

  • SKJohnson1 Calculating status...

    @chuy, I had a very similar problem with the Consumer Preview, the RC and the final version. I couldn't find any info about it online, but after lots of trial and error, I discovered that it's the built-in power management software.


    To confirm that you're having the same problem, try booting into Windows 8 and once you're at the login screen, yank your power cable. If it immidiately freezes, then it's the same issue. To fix the problem, open setttings for power management and set it to maximum performance. That did the trick for me. From the max performance baseline, you can then make a custom power plan and change individual settings and see what works for you.


    Let me know if this helps!

  • bbfc Level 3 Level 3 (845 points)

    Then don't purchase a Mac in the first place, if you are really wanting to run Windows. You still need to purchase a licence for Windows to use it, and that an cost quite a bit (albeit Windows 8 is around £50).


    Don't get me wrong, Boot Camp is an amazing piece of software and the ability to run Windows on a Mac can be handy at times, but I wouldn't class it as a selling point for a Mac. Most consumers don't know about Boot Camp.

    CSPhobos wrote:


    You forget that after purchasing a mac, some can't afford or do NOT WANT TO purchase another computer. Bootcamp, imo, is a GREAT reason to buy a mac in the first place!

  • chuythebestone Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks, my macbook didn't froze when I unpluged the charger after login but I tried your solution and saw less freezes, but my problem wasn't fully resolved.


    After that, I decided to solve other problems I had like accesing the Windows Store and Email apps (which I couldn't access to). The only solution was reinstalling the OS and all programs except for development environments and videogames.

    And then the worse happened, the Mac OS X partition hangs at startup. I can see and move the mouse on the apple logo, but the destop never appears. I'm afraid the only solution will be to reinstall everything again and return to Windows 7 until Apple officially releases Win8 drivers in bootcamp.


    Unfurtunately I don't have time to do that right now, so I'll have to wait until vacations. Meanwhile I'll be able to use Windows 8 in my Macbook and not Mountain Lion.


    I know, it's weird...


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