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Has anyone got Windows8 Bootcamp working?

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  • jaymin12 Calculating status...
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    Mar 13, 2012 9:20 PM (in response to freshlyputsir)

    In my case everything is working fine with windows 8 including function keys,track pad and bootcamp conrtrol panel.


    No Problem at all,it`s working as fine as windows 7.

  • christleon Calculating status...
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    Mar 31, 2012 5:45 PM (in response to aucharwood)

    If u install windows 8 by boot for disk or drive or whatever u won't u get bootcamp install. first install 7 for bootcamp than install bootcamp v1 after that place dvd installing win8. set up it from windows 7. when u finish u get working bootcamp with most function but trackpad not. u need to install bootcamp v3.1 to fix it that's all and easy.

  • jaymin12 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 31, 2012 10:31 PM (in response to christleon)

    That is too much for wasting time, i just placed windows 8 dvd into drive & installed windows 8(clean install) and then i downloaded bootcamp 4.0 and those drivers are working like windows 7 not a single problem for drivers.

  • GavFromAus Calculating status...
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    Apr 6, 2012 3:29 AM (in response to jaymin12)

    I bootcamped a MBA 2011 11" i7 from USB created by MS tool with Windows 8 Consumer preview x64. Install completed OK but W8 would freeze random times a short time after reboot  1 - 10 minutes. Mouse stopped responding music player stopped ... Managed to install bootcamp 4.0 drivers for Win 7 OK but random freeze problem still persisted. Saw somewhere on the net that power saving might be the culprit so I set W8 power plan to 'high performance' and the system now seems stable, sleeps and hibernates OK



    Gestures on builtin trackpad OK

    Builtin keyboard function keys honor the Use f1, F2, .. keys as function keys check box.

    WiFi internet OK

    Bluetooth MS mouse OK

    Apple bluetooth trackpad OK

    Apple bluetooth keyboard OK


    Reads MAC OSX partition OK


    I haven't investigated further to know if I'm starting an old wives tale regarding setting tthe power plan to high performance. The downside of 'high performance'  is battery only lasts 3hr but it seems to stop the random freeze.


    Will report back if I run more conclusive tests


    Loaded Visual Studio 11 Express beta OK, so far OK for what I need

    My preferred Windows music player Mediamonkey and video play VLC run great

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,320 points)
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    Apr 6, 2012 11:52 AM (in response to lapizzara2616)

    lapizzara2616 wrote:


    For future reference and for people who otherwise don't know this, the Win 8 preview is meant to be a clean install only, aka no in-place upgrades. Haven't had a chance to try it yet myself, but you might do that instead. I'm going to wipe my Bootcamp partition and start from scratch that way to see if I have any luck.




    I installed 8 as an in place upgrade from 7 (I never need Windows for anything that matters so I can experiment) it works fine that way.

  • theapplekid Calculating status...
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    Aug 15, 2012 7:44 AM (in response to aucharwood)

    its easier than all of this! just go here! Download this will take you to the windows 8 download link. this is 32 bit, it should work. a 64 bit machine can run 32 bit, but a 32 bit machine cannot run 64 bit. just burn a dvd of this in disk utility and use that

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,545 points)
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    Aug 15, 2012 8:50 AM (in response to theapplekid)

    Isn't it better to just link to the download page and not a direct download link?

    Rhetorical as it is better and preferred on the forums.


    Windows 8 Preview:

    Installing Windows 8 On a MacBook Air,2817,2393005,00.asp


    Windows 8: enable Hyper-V, it really helps. -broken/ nt.aspx

    Intel Download Center:
    3rd Generation Intel HD Graphics 4000 Windows 8 64-bit

    Intel® HD Graphics WHQL Driver for Windows 8* 64 (zip)

    Might just want to go to Intel Download Center and get Intel 4000 graphic driver instead.


    Turbo-Boost MacBook Air 2012 Windows
    There is a known bug with the upgraded CPU  Core i7-3667U 2.0GHz under Windows today. Turbo Boost is disabled under Windows on the 3667U, although it's fully functional under OS X. Apple is aware of the problem and I'd expect a fix at some point, but there's no indication of when.


    Disable Windows 8’s Adaptive Brightness to Fix Dark Screen Problems

    Changing this setting fixed my brightness problems on my MacBook Air running Windows 8 through Boot Camp.



    MacBook Pro Cirrus Logic Audio device driver



    To make the 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.

    brightness, what graphics card are you using? It might be due to the auto adjusting brightness running there. You can go to your power options, edit the one you are using  (Change plan settings >> Change advanced power settings) and look for Batteries >> Enable adaptive brightness and disable the one you are using. After that, the scrollbar for adjusting brightness in power options should work again.


    Nvidia GT650M driver install: problems with windows 7 graphic driver after the installation Apple Support Software for Windows. The GT 650M was not showing up as the graphics adapter. I fixed the problem by inserting my windows support software CD a second time. I did not let it use auto run.  I went into the Windows 7 directory and then into the Nvidia directory and ran setup.exe. This installed the Nvidia drivers for me. If this works correctly, you will have an Nvidia control panel available to you. I set the resolution to 2880x1800. I also set windows to 200% magnification.

    I think what happens is that after you install windows, and then run the windows support CD, the main boot camp setup script seems to stop on the nvidia driver install--everything else installed correctly.


    Windows 8 and Boot Camp Control Panel - when trying to launch the "Boot Camp Control Panel", but I just stumpled upon a solution.

    I created a new Windows user, that was not Administrator. When I logged in Boot Camp updateded something and asked me to restart the computer.

    After restarting and logging in with my new user, I could start the "Boot Camp Control Panel" configure tap to click and use F1-F12 as function keys.

    Then I changed the new account to Administrator and now the control panel can not be startet again... but my settings remained... only on the new user only though.
    Useful Utilities:
    Mac Pro, Windows 8 Preview x64 3.2GHz
  • Eric Eskam Calculating status...
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    Sep 11, 2012 8:43 AM (in response to The hatter)

    And perhaps Apple has updated their Bootcamp drivers -  I just used the BootCamp assistant to install Windows 8 RC on my Late 2008 MacBook Pro, and aside from having to use a DVD instead of USB for the Windows install media (apparently my L2008 MBP doesn't support it) it went swimingly.  Indeed, this is the FIRST time I've had BootCamp run with absolutely no issue.  The Apple provided drivers installed with no issue or complaints, and everything worked from the trackpad to the function keys.  I had to pinch myself, it went so smoothly - unlike every previous experience I had with BootCamp.


    The only tweak I did was I downloaded the latest beta drivers from NVIDIA - but then I did that on my full blown PC too.  That's not Apple's fault.

  • Eric Eskam Level 2 Level 2 (260 points)
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    Sep 11, 2012 8:48 AM (in response to The hatter)

    The hatter wrote:


    Windows 8: enable Hyper-V, it really helps. -broken/



    That's a great list of resources, but Hyper-V is just virtualization software.  If you won't be running virtual machines on your Windows 8 install, it really won't do anything for you other than take up disk space and load coad that uses memory and does nothing for you.


    And perhaps it's just limited to the Air, or that guy was using an older version of the Windows drivers Apple provides - probably because that article was written in March, and the drivers I have are all dated from June.  Other than manually updating the video card drivers (esp. if you have an NVIDIA chip) I didn't have to do anything and EVERYTHING worked - which as I posted, is a complete first.


    And the easisest way to get the new drivers - format a USB flash drive with FAT using disk utility, launch the bootcamp assistant and progress until the point when it offers to build the driver disk - let it do it, and when done just cancel the bootcamp assistant.  Yes, you can download the update but the update didn't fix BootCamp on my MacPro (an older Win7 install that has always had issues) but the full installer depositied on my USB flash drive by the BootCamp installer did.  YMMV, but hopefully that helps somene else!

  • jaymin12 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 11, 2012 12:07 PM (in response to aucharwood)



    I am using windows 8 from december when developer preview launched till now, i am using now windwos 8 rtm copy.


    i never got any problem for botting or any drivers or anything. Download windwos 8 32bit or 64bit both works in my apple macbook 2011 i7 4gb ram 750hdd 1gb graphics card.


    I had upgraded to lion os and then i simple just downloaded lastest drivers for windows from lion osx and fortunately it was bootcamp 4.0 so when i installed those driver on windows 8 it is working normally everything.


    For Windows 8 brightness problem go to More power options>>select change plan settings>>change advanced power settings>>scroll down and select display>> Enable adaptive brightness click and off both for plugin and  on battery it will work like windows 7.


    Ask anything else if any problem for drivers.

  • M-Geek Calculating status...
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    Nov 25, 2012 6:38 AM (in response to dajmeister)

    Me neighter  who can help´╝č

  • Govardhana Reddy Calculating status...
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    Mar 12, 2013 9:07 PM (in response to pointvicente)

    It worked for me.I was able to do the installation of windows8 in my MacbookPro2012.


    All the basic drivers are working fine in windows8,but I am having some wifi connectivity issues.But if I connect the direct modem cable to my Mac I can able to use internet.


    Also  my MAC is a 64-bit version and it is using 8GB RAM,but I installed windows 8-32 bit edition in that.So it is using only 2 GB of RAM out of 8GB.For using the complete RAM,i need to install a 64-bit edition of windows8

  • Robbie-uk Calculating status...
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    Mar 22, 2013 2:02 PM (in response to Govardhana Reddy)

    I have Just done a clean install of Win8 64bit on a brand new MBP which was running win7 with on problems


    my main issue is that if i try a reboot back to mac via Bootcamp it does not change the boot file and always reboots to windows. I can force it at boot up by holding down ALT. and can probably change boot ini via bootcamp on mac side. but really annoying as switch between a couple times a day,


    everything else seem to work fine


    Had to switch off enable adaptive brightness to get a brightness up and logging into wireless was differcut too but got it working.


    Any ideas on the re-booting back to Mac OS?

  • Eric Eskam Level 2 Level 2 (260 points)
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    Jan 19, 2014 2:13 PM (in response to Robbie-uk)

    Robbie-uk wrote:


    Any ideas on the re-booting back to Mac OS?


    Boot Camp should install a "StartUp Disk" control panel in Windows exactly like the one in the Mac System Preferences - you should be able to pick the OS you want to boot to from there.

  • Andriset Calculating status...
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    Mar 21, 2014 12:01 PM (in response to aucharwood)

    iOS n win8 just can't mix ... ... completely waste of time


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