I confirmed that, using bcdedit fix can help me enjoy Windows 8 RTM on my Macbook Pro mid 2010 without freezing. You should try one more as follows:
1. Open CMD from (Bootcamp (C)/Windows/System32/CMD)
2. Run CMD as administration
3. Type bcdedit /set disabledynamictick yes in CMD, and
4. Restart your MAC
Enjoy Windows 8 RTM on Macbook Pro without freezing, I experienced it on 2 days.
Install on the battery only as awakeel mentioned. And then, after install, set your power plan to High Performance or Power Saver -- anything but Balanced (which will cause your machine to freeze). Then you can plug your power cable back in at any time and not worry about your system locking up.
Lastly, set your default wifi device to the Broadcom version of your wifi driver after you install the Boot Camp drivers. The Microsoft one that installs by default doesn't perform well.
I have had similar problems with the RTM and my iMac. It wouldnt even blue screen, only freezing and then crashing. I ended up installing the AMD Radeon Catalyst software from their website to get the most up-to-date version. Sure, I no longer have any monitor brightness control, but at least my machine no longer crashes.
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.
I've got Windows 8 Pro installed on a MacBook Air and I can't solve this freezing problem. It's driving me up the wall! I've tried the enabling hyper-v and the bcd edit fix, neither of which made a difference. I've also tried upgrading / reinstalling drivers, disabling the wireless adapter, uninstalling certain programs, etc. Anyone here in the same boat? :-(
A side note: I had no problems using a 32-bit version of the Release Preview, but since using the 64-bit final release, it's been freezing.
I also have regular freezing using Windows 8 64-bit through Boot Camp.
I have tried, without success
- Reseting power profile to "energy saver", and "high performance", instead of the default "balanced".
- Running the "bcdedit /set disabledynamictick yes"
I'm really disappointed with Apple being such a laggard in supporting an operating system they advertise as being compatible.
17" MacBook Pro early 2009.
I have a couple of questions.
- Did your windows installation go smoothly?
- Which version of Bootcamp did you use?
- How long does your machine stay up before crashing?
- Have you heard of Driver Genius 12 and/or Driver Reviver 18.104.22.168?
I use both programs to upgrade all my drivers in Windows. Driver Genius upgrades the component drivers, like sound card, display adapter (both intel and nvidia), nic drivers, etc. Driver Reviver updates system drivers like the southbridge, northbridge etc.
Try installing both programs and see what they tell you vis-a-vis what needs updating. Let me know what they tell you.
Cheers and good luck!!
Thanks for the message. Some answers:
- Perfectly smoothly. Fresh install. Twice over the course of a few weeks. The first time I installed the Bootcamp windows drivers, the 2nd time I didn't (everything seemed to work but sound).
- 5.0.0 (444)
- Varied, maybe 3-15 minutes.
- I haven't, I'll give them a shot!
Thanks for the suggestions, I'll try out the driver apps you recommended and report back.