Skip navigation

Boot Camp won't start in Windows 8

57321 Views 36 Replies Latest reply: Feb 25, 2014 1:44 AM by vaan9999 RSS Branched to a new discussion.
1 2 3 Previous Next
AfflatusX Calculating status...
Currently Being Moderated
Jun 16, 2012 7:08 PM

Hi All,


I got the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display this week and I installed Windows 8 Release Preview with Boot Camp. The reason I used Windows 8 is because the Retina Display is not supported in Windows 7 yet.


The dual boot and drivers are all fine. The only problem is that the keyboard doesn't work as how normal windows keyboard... For instance, the function keys only work when fn is pressed, or they are basically doing special tasks like changing the brightness, etc.


I know this is the default behavior in Mac OS and you can set it through keyboard settings. I also know that Boot Camp in Windows should be able to deal with that too. However, when I try to launch Boot Camp in Windows 8, it always give me me this error:



Boot Camp


An error occurred while trying to access the startup disk settings.



You may not have privileges to change the startup disk. Make sure you have administrative privileges and try again.





I used to use the 27 inch apple display with Windows 7 before, so I know this is realted to the fact that the system is using AHCI driver instead of ATA driver for the harddisk. Seems like with Boot Camp 4.0 and Windows 8 Release Preview, the system natively boots into and supports AHCI mode. I verified that in the device manager in Windows 8.


So, how can I use boot camp in Windows 8 with AHCI driver? If I cannot do that, is it possible to get back to ATA mode? Or, is it possible to change the behavior of the keyboard without using boot camp? (Of course I can use the default driver for the keyboard I guess, which basically make Fn doesn't work and make "delete" doesn't work since delete = fn + backspace).


If none of them are possible, when will Apple update boot camp to run with Windows 8? Or, when will Apple release the retina graphics driver for windows 7?





MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012), Mac OS X (10.7.4), Windows 8 Preview Release
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,535 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jun 17, 2012 5:18 AM (in response to AfflatusX)

    There are bugs with using Apple drivers and you can bet that no one knows when Apple might release something, they tried releasing Boot Camp 3.0 before Windows 7 RTM though at the end of RC, rushed to say the least to put it on snow leopard DVDs months before 7 was ready, resulting in buggy drivers.


    Luckily Boot Camp Assistant works. Bad news: they could tie Windows 8 drivers and support to Mountain Lion. Some Macs would fully support 8 but not 10.8.  Posting the drivers seems to be ignored // out of the question and has never been done. Nor does Apple's software udpate in Windows seem to be used for Boot Camp related drivers.

  • Mnight Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jul 2, 2012 9:33 AM (in response to AfflatusX)

    Have you solved your problem yet ? I have same problem for macbook air mid 2012, I can't access bootcamp control panel in Window 8 Release Review. So, I can't setup the track pad for right click, tap to click...

  • Mnight Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jul 2, 2012 7:11 PM (in response to AfflatusX)

    I just have problem with the trackpad. I can't use the two fingers, secondary click without setup in the Trackpad-Bootcamp Control Panel frist.


    My keyboard, Fn function, Brightness, Volume work fine.  However, after changing the Bootcamp properties, reinstall it many times, my bootcamp doesn't start automatically when start up, I have to open it manually.


    I will come back to window 7, and wait for the update from Apple.

  • windx Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jul 3, 2012 11:45 AM (in response to Mnight)

    I also can not open boot camp on my new MBP with windows 8 CP. So I can not modify the brightness and the trackpad. I believe the brightness somehow is relating to the display driver since there is no display driver for windows 8 now.


    But I did manage 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.



    Macbook Pro, summer 2012

    Windows 8 CP x64

  • dwight007 Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jul 4, 2012 8:34 AM (in response to windx)

    I found this which solved my display brightness problem..hope it helps rk-screen-problems/

  • windx Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jul 4, 2012 12:53 PM (in response to dwight007)

    Thank you and AfflatusX for providing me the suggestion.


    I tried that but it still wont work for me. I am not sure what graphics card I am using. But I just got my Macbook Pro 13' in less than one month and I check the configure, it should be Intel HD Graphics 4000 processor since mine is 13' and only the 15' has the NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics processor which is called Retina display.


    I checked the Device manager and found that I actually only have the Microsoft Basic Display Adapter, which means that there is no actually right display driver for the x64 Windows 8 CP .


    I even tried to get the latest beta version display driver for  Intel HD Graphics 4000. It was installed with no error. But after I restarted the computer, the display became black and I could not see anything. I had to use the windows install disk to restore to the original basic original display driver.


    To sum, there is no correct display driver for my MBP right now. This cause the video can not be played smoothly ( still OK but  not smooth). It also possibly makes the screen too bright. :-(

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,535 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jul 4, 2012 2:38 PM (in response to windx)

    Safe mode should always still boot and let you go to device manager and rollback a driver; or grab Driver Sweeper 3.2 and that will. Intel Downloads Center 4000 driver is up and didn't look to be beta to me.


    Besides Device Manager an easy way to see devices, firmware even, driver versions is AIDA64


    In OS X System Profile should show what graphic devices you have. As well as the specs page - they have rearranged specs and manuals a bit

  • windx Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jul 4, 2012 5:16 PM (in response to The hatter)

    Hi, thank you very much for all the suggestion.


    For the x64 win8, I think the driver is beta: s&ProductLine=Processor+graphics&ProductProduct=3rd+Generation+Intel%C2%AE+Core% E2%84%A2+Processors+with+Intel%C2%AE+HD+Graphics+4000%2f2500&ProdId=3498&LineId= 3310&FamilyId=39


    somehow I can not get the options to select  safe mode or normal mode during windows starting by press F8 on my MBP. All I can is either come into the normal windows or by configue msconfig and reboot into safe mode.

  • Sobonet Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jul 6, 2012 5:30 AM (in response to windx)

    Have the same problem with Windows 8 and the rMBP here. Can't get to open the Apple Bootcamp System Utility in Windows: "An error occurred while trying to access the startup disk settings.". No solution to this yet?

  • windx Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jul 10, 2012 11:01 PM (in response to windx)

    After updating from Consumer Preivew to Release Preview, my system automatically installed the intel graphic 4000 driver. Now I can adjust the brightness and the screen not too bright for me.


    Also, by intalling the trackpad++ and uninstall it, I was be able to enable the tackpad.


    Still, I could not open the Boot Camp, but it seems for now I can live without the options in boot camp.

  • tjementum Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jul 15, 2012 7:12 AM (in response to AfflatusX)

    I got/get the same error 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.


    I havn't tried changing the original user to "standard" and back to "admin", but I hope it works.


    I don't have any problems with my bightness, keyboardbacklid or volumen controls or other fn keys.


    PS: I'm running Windows 8 RP on the Macbook Retina.

1 2 3 Previous Next


More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (3)


  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.