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How to install Windows 8 on Mid 09 Macbook Pro (10.8.3)

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  • rnwjr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So far it continually freezes especially when using the Internet.  When you have time we can work on it again.  Take care of your personal issues and thank you for all that you have done for us!!!!

  • Karan8488 Calculating status...

    Noo boot camp in control panel-program and features

  • Karan8488 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Have used win 7 worked perfectly at that time the prob with 8 is that trackpad is working but no right click and touch to click neend to press that button and noo sound at all not in speakers not in earphones, no brightness change but I am ok with it

  • Karan8488 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Trackpad++ worked for me and audio also worked installed some driver now I just can't control brightness and that f1 buttons didn't work only

  • rtheb Level 1 Level 1 (140 points)

    I think project Relentless may be on to something about previous versions.


    Here is a link to Bootcamp 3.0 with all the updates to get to Bootcamp 3.3



    I would try and install these starting with 3.0 and upgrading incrementally and see how it goes.


    If everything starts working I would then try installing the Bootcamp 4.0 drivers for your Mac.


    Hope this helps.


    BTW both compressed and uncompressed files at link so use whichever you are more comfortable.

  • Karan8488 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I checked in Mac OS (10.8.3) on my macbook boot camp version 5.0.2(462) so the whole driver setup for bootcamp 3 won't install give error that it is for boot camp 3 though I can install individual driver by opening it but whole setup won't run boot camp driver package 4.0.4131 give me error that it is not made for my computer by apple site says it is for all the MacBook from 2006 to 2010 model and bootcamp driver 5.0 won't install because I am using 32 bit ver of win and it is for 64 bit so it gave me error this software can't be run

  • rtheb Level 1 Level 1 (140 points)

    Are you trying to run these drivers under Windows?


    I don't understand that Windows would give a hoot where the drivers are from?


    Did you try Apple > Drivers > Bootcamp.msi and try to install from there?

  • Karan8488 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Bootcamp 3 drivers were from original Mac OS snow leopard disc which I got with MacBook and the other 2 downloaded from apple official support site

  • Karan8488 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I tried to install manually but failed

  • mygavin Calculating status...

    Hey project,

    I have a mid 2009 MBP

    • 2.53 GHz
    • 8 GB RAM


    And I was able to sucessfully install windows 8 through bootcamp by following your instructions. I was able to install both bootcamps (4.0.4033 and 5.0.5033) and all seems to be fine except that I get frequent freezes. This problem started after the 10.8.3 update and I was hoping your "trick" would help fix this. Have you experienced any freezing issues with your Windows partition?

  • FearlessSpeech Calculating status...

    So I really apprecaited your guide, I've read the entire thread and followed every step including the nvidia stuff and getting the right drivers folders. I'm having the same issue as rnwjr and mygavin. My competer completely freezes at random, seemingly unconnected to what programs or processes are up at the time. The mouse pointer disapears after a few seconds following the freeze and the terminal is totally unresponsive. Cannot pull up task manager and am forced to hold the power button untill it shuts off.


    Frezes happen at random. They have happened while simply surfing the internet, downloading things, installing things, once while just looking through the control pannel. They can happen within as little as two minutes of me starting up or up to three and four hours later. They seem to be getting more frequent. In fact, one happened while typing this. I was forced to boot into OSX where Apple proved their awesomness by auto-recovering this very post since they detected I has lost my connection. I sincerely doubt it is a RAM issue since when I look at resource monitor, even with my game running, it is never using 100% of the physcial memory. (Usually around 70-80%).



    Win 8 64bit

    I have NVIDIA control pannel showing version 314.22

    2.66 Core 2 Duo

    4GB DDR3 RAM

    Nvidia GeForce 9400M 256 MB GPU

    10.8.3 OSX

    Model designation 5,3

    Bootcamp I used first the Win7 drivers (as you said in your fixing post) and then the new Win8 Drivers, these all installed fine. On screen brightness, sound, tap to click, so on and so forth all work with no problem. What little time I was able to spend logged into the game did show an improvement over my XP days (auto detect settings increased in a few categories and frame rate went up 10fps).



    Is there somewhere in windows I can go to have it scan for all driver updates at once? I'm still finding a lot of the Win 8 UI just confounding and frustrating. I am upgrading from Win XP 32 bit which ran without any stability issues other than the very rare freeze while gaming. The only purpose for this partition is to game, which is why I upgraded to 64bit so that I could actually have access to all 4gigs of RAM.


    Also, PS, you said you upgraded the RAM in your MacBook... is that hard? I was under the impression its nearly impossible to make modifications to these macbooks because of the way the internals are set up.


    Thanks so much for your guide, sorry about your wife leaving you.


    Edited to include bootcamp version information.


    Message was edited by: FearlessSpeech

  • mygavin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Upgrading RAM is very easy (depending on model). I recommend checking this link out:

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