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Can I install just windows 8 yet?  Is it recommended?

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FoCoYeti Calculating status...
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Nov 30, 2012 4:10 PM

So for work I need windows and linux is necessary for school but I don't really need MacOS at all.  As a result it's kind of wasted space, precious wasted space since I could only afford the 256 SSD.  No offence to the diehard fans  

 

How is Windows 8 on a MBPr? 

 

I see Win8 and the latest linux kernal support EFI booting with a little extra effort, is there any other hardware that's lacking support?

 

Are there any downsides to switching the OS's other than the travesty of reverting to lowly proletariat platforms?  I got a little worried when google wasn't dripping with info...

 

It's a MBP retina with a 2.3 i7, 16gb ram, and IntelHD graphics.

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Templeton Peck Level 9 Level 9 (57,735 points)

    Windows 8 is not supported by Boot Camp at this time.

  • saturnotaku Level 3 Level 3 (525 points)

    If you primarily use Windows and Linux, why did you buy a Mac?

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,465 points)

    FoCoYeti wrote:

     

    Got it massively discounted and it has stellar hardware/aethetics like apples's known for, WWJD?  Try to customize it to his uses   I'm not trying to rip on MacOS, it's just that my business and school work require those OS's. 

     

     

    I'm not looking for a bootcamp option, rather if I wiped the whole drive and set up Win 8/linux(arch preferrably or ubuntu) to deal with EFI would I meet any persistant annoying issues?

    There are NO Windows 8 drivers available yet, you can install Win 8 without BC if you choose but not everything will work and there will be NO support.

  • the_Fränk Calculating status...

    VMWare Fusion 5, Parallels 8, you can try BootCamp but maybe some driver don't work with Win8 yet.

  • CTearz Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I just installed Windows 8 on my Retina MBP recently. Everything works fine with one acception: the Retina Pro's native resolution of 2880x1800 is not supported by Windows 8, or any version of Windows in fact. If you use the native resolution, the graphics will be clear and sharp but the text and fonts will all be very tiny. If you downsize it to a smaller resolution, things will become legible but the graphics will be blurry and grainy. But that aside, I've found everything else to function perfectly. Unfortunately for us Retina Pro users, there are no drivers available yet to support such a massive resolution in Windows.

  • CTearz Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    There's a driver error with my touchpad/built in keyboard at the moment, so I'm not able to use them. I haven't bothered to troubleshoot it yet as I'm happy using my wireless keyboard and magic mouse. You may or may not run into the same problem but even if you do, just reinstall the drivers and that should fix it.

     

    The text is very small indeed. I would upload a screenshot but I'm having problems taking them the way my keyboard is configured in Windows, so the Fn + Shift + F11 method others use doesn't work for me. I would just say it's small enough to not be seen properly at a comfortable viewing distance. You'd probably have to squint. And that's only for what would otherwise be a normal sized font, so you can imagine how much smaller actual "small" fonts are going to be. Also, even at its native resolution, I've noticed some graininess around the menus on the Windows 8 start bar. I don't know if it's just me.

     

    As I said, there are no functionality problems at all. But you won't be able to make the most of your retina display yet, no matter which version of Windows you install.

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    CTearz wrote:

     

    I just installed Windows 8 on my Retina MBP recently. Everything works fine with one acception: the Retina Pro's native resolution of 2880x1800 is not supported by Windows 8, or any version of Windows in fact. If you use the native resolution, the graphics will be clear and sharp but the text and fonts will all be very tiny. If you downsize it to a smaller resolution, things will become legible but the graphics will be blurry and grainy. But that aside, I've found everything else to function perfectly. Unfortunately for us Retina Pro users, there are no drivers available yet to support such a massive resolution in Windows.

    Hi there, im having the exact same problem did you figure it out how to solve the resolution thing ?

    btw, my win8 is fine (clean and sharp) but the resolution problem can be noticed in the applications like google chrome and 3ds max ( autodesk products ) ..

  • the_Fränk Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)

    The native drivers are avaiable for win8 via boot camp now.

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