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How to install Windows 8.1 on Haswell MBP

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jarvil Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Oct 27, 2013 3:55 AM

How do you get Windows 8.1 to do a clean install on a Haswell based rMBP?

OS X Mavericks (10.9), 2.6Ghz 16GB 1TB
  • Geo-Bar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 27, 2013 4:00 AM (in response to jarvil)

    Use the boot camp assistant, this will guide you through what you have to do.

  • Ed78704 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 27, 2013 8:56 AM (in response to jarvil)

    I followed these instructions and it worked without issue with my new MacBook Pro Retina purchased two weeks ago.


    I copied the 8.1 ISO file to my desktop and then created the install USB from there.





  • Brian Kendig Level 2 Level 2 (170 points)
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    Oct 28, 2013 7:44 AM (in response to jarvil)

    I believe this isn't the best solution because you're installing via BIOS, not EFI, which means your Windows installation will only see your GeForce 750M (if you're on the MBP model that has it) and not be able to intelligently switch between that and the Iris Pro for energy savings.

  • RogerPPR Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 29, 2013 6:20 AM (in response to jarvil)

    Hi Jarvil

    I am not a computer savy person and I have this frustrating condition with my brand new rMBP that I could not install windows in a way that my devices work. 


    I read your detailled explanation and followed it and...It works!  With Windows 8.1 in a brand new rMBP purchased yesterday.  Points to ponder: follow the procedure exactly as described by Jarvil and be aware during the restarts to be there to press the option buttom.  Also the deselection of the auto updates and wait a long time for the windows final setup.  Right now I have boothcamp and all the drivers active! Thanks! Windows in Retina display looks gorgeous!



    Message was edited by: RogerPPR

  • rensuchan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 30, 2013 8:43 AM (in response to jarvil)

    I was able to install Windows 7 no problem using a USB device then use the same USB device to upgrade it to 8.0 then go to 8.1 through the store.


    Even so, it seems to only recognize the GeForce 750M.  There are no other graphics drivers within device manager.  I think for now that it may not properly support switching through boot camp or any other means so it may be best to get Windows working in whatever way you can until that's fixed.


    Good Luck everyone!

  • Apric Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 31, 2013 7:29 PM (in response to jarvil)

    Does this method ensure that Windows does an EFI install, and what is the rough boot time?

  • Astolph Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 31, 2013 8:16 PM (in response to jarvil)

    So I tried this and got the same result I did by just letting Bootcamp do it's thing.


    Windows 8 setup works perfectly fine: keyboard and mouse work without any issues, and I have no problems getting the thing installed.


    However, when the installation is complete and I load into Windows to Personalize my PC... that's when the keyboard and mouse decide not to work.

  • StephenBMac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 1, 2013 10:23 AM (in response to jarvil)



    If I install Windows 7 instead of 8 would you expect me to require the same MBR workaround?

  • ch33rful Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 1, 2013 11:29 AM (in response to jarvil)

    The simplest answer to this problem is to manually install Windows using Microsoft tools. I have a brand-new MBPr, 15", 512gb flash, 16gb, with the nVidia discrete graphics, running Mac OS X 10.9 (build

    13A3017). Here's what I did (you'll need two USB flash drives for this procedure):


    1) Obtain the Windows 8.1 ISO from MSDN or other source;


    2) Obtain the free Microsoft Windows 7 USB tool:

    NOTE: Although it indicates Windows 7, it works with any version of Win7 or Win8, including Win8.1. Follow the instructions to create your Windows 8.1 bootable USB drive.


    3) In Mac OS X, run the boot camp assistant to create the USB flash installation drive per normal, including partitioning the disk for Boot Camp, etc. Just go through the motions as if you're going to install via Boot Camp, including downloading the Windows Support files.


    4) When done with that, the Mac will reboot in order to start the Boot Camp installation... you will need to swap out the USB drives at this point, removing the Boot Camp USB and inserting the "Win7 USB"-created boot drive. Don't worry if you miss the boot cycle, you can just reboot holding the option key and be sure to select the Windows boot device (orange).


    5) Now the Windows installation will begin using Microsoft Windows instead of Boot Camp method, and complete normally using the partition you created in Step 3. Several reboots later (be sure to hold option every time it reboots so you can select the new Windows boot device (not the orange one anymore) you will have Windows installed.


    6) Go through the motions creating your Windows account, etc, and when you get to the desktop, insert the Boot Camp USB and navigate to the BootCamp folder. Here are the setup files with drivers, etc. Just click "setup.exe" to run your BootCamp support installation.


    7) Done.

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