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Macbook Retina with Windows 8, Ethernet cable doesn't work, any special driver needed?

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Ben Hong Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 29, 2012 8:02 PM

Hi I installed Windows 8 on my Macbook Retina


But then Ethernet cable through Thunderbolt is not working any more.


From system preferences in WIndows 8, it has ! icon on it.


Is there any proper driver for Windows 8 ?



MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (10,550 points)

    Windows 8 is not supported. There are no Windows 8 Bootcamp drivers. Read the many posts here about people having issues with Windows 8 installations.

  • okayson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have various apple machines.  A 17 inch 2010 macbook pro and a 15 inch 2011 macbook pro.  I usually use the 2010 machine to experiment.  I like windows and have installed win 8 enterprise (see volume licensing) as my main desktop o/s at home.  The first couple of times I installed win 8 on the 17 inch mbp, after updating the drivers with the bootcamp 4 drivers, the machine kept crashing and rebooting.


    I googled bootcamp version and discovered that there is a bootcamp 5.  I deleted my windows partition, recreated it, downloaded bootcamp 5, and reinstalled windows 8 pro.  This time when I ran the bootcamp 5 drivers, the machine did not crash.


    It seems there is a lack of awareness of the existence of bootcamp 5.


    If you are going to install windows 8, DO NOT use your old bootcamp drivers.  Download a new bootcamp 5 file from apple (available during the creation of the bootcamp partition) and you are set.  No more problems.  Also be aware that even the new bootcamp 5 drivers can be updated. 




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