Currently Being ModeratedOct 29, 2012 9:32 AM (in response to thepenguindude)
It appears you do not have a version of Windows already running on Boot Camp. The $39.99 download you get from Microsoft's website is an Upgrade-only version of Windows 8, meaning you need a full version of one of Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP1, or Windows 7 running on Boot Camp prior to the use of your Upgrade disk. CompUSA is currently offering the OEM copy (read: as close to a "full version" of Windows as Microsoft releases anymore) of Windows 8 Pro (choose between the 32-bit or 64-bit flavors as fits your situation) for a regular list price of $139.99. Other vendors may also offer the OEM copy, but I have not seen the OEM copy on Microsoft's site, and certainly not a downloadable copy of it. In the meantime, return to using the OS X partition. If you ultimately decide not to go ahead with Windows 8, you will need to go back into the Boot Camp Assistant and select the appropriate Restore option for your situation to return to stictly OS X partitioning of your drive.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 29, 2012 9:42 AM (in response to thepenguindude)
Download and use Windows 7. Windows 8 in Bootcamp is not supported. There are no Windows 8 drivers. Read the many posts here where people are not being successful installing Windows 8 so that it works 100% as it should. Why mess with Windows 8? Especially if you use this computer for school assignments and papers.
Or, alternatively, install Windows 8 in a virtual machine like Parallels or Fusion.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 29, 2012 9:56 AM (in response to thepenguindude)
No, the Student Version should work, provided it is the correct flavor (32-bit vs. 64-bit) of Windows for your particular Mac model. Some work with only 32-bit versions of Windows, some work with either, and a smaller group of Macs are fully supported to work with either. Check http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1899 for more information.
In any event, there still may be some issues with a Windows 8 install given that Boot Camp has not been updated by Apple to support Windows 8 with up-to-date drivers. Many users on the Boot Camp community have reported unusable trackpads after installing Windows 8 on their MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air. Other users have reported further issues with the keyboard functioning only intermittently. So, please be advised that in attempting a Windows 8 install at this time, you are risking some unexpected behavior on your Windows partition.
According to other discussion threads, I have seen it mentioned that the time between Microsoft's initial release of Windows 7 and Apple's support of Windows 7 in Boot Camp was 89 days. Going by that sort of timescale in this case, one would be looking at January 22nd/23rd of 2013. This sort of thing varies with each Windows release, so the exact date that Apple will provide the necessary Boot Camp updates is known only to Apple itself.