9 Replies Latest reply: Sep 15, 2014 1:11 AM by AliRuff Branched to a new discussion.
The hatter Level 9 (60,930 points)

How To Install Windows 8 On Mac

Windows 8 Guides  - For all those Mac users who have been eagerly waiting to test drive the next generation Windows 8 operating system on their Mac, here is the simple procedure that you need to follow to install Windows 8 on your Mac using the Boot Camp Assistant software.

# How to install Windows 8 from USB flash drive

# How to install Windows 8 from external hard drive

# How to install Windows 8 from ISO file

# How to check if your PC supports Windows 8 Hyper-V

# How to check if your processor supports Windows 8

# How to install Windows 8 on Mac


The download size of Windows 8 RTM x64 (English) is 3416 MB and x86 is 2511 MB.


While the above guide is specific to Windows 8, it is also of value as it shows via screen shots just how to properly install Windows on Mac and from Microsoft.


Mac 101: Using Windows on your Mac via Boot Camp


Helpful Apple Support Resources (Forum Overview)

Boot Camp 4.0, OS X Lion: Frequently asked question


create a Windows support software (drivers) CD or USB storage media



The Boot Camp Assistant can burn Boot Camp software (drivers) to a DVD or copy it to a USB storage device, such as a flash drive or hard drive. These are the only media you can use to install Boot Camp software.


Instructions for all features and settings.


Macs that work with 64-bit editions of Microsoft

Mac Pro, Windows 8 Preview x64 3.2GHz
  • MicroApp Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the info. Can you also include information on how to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 on a mac? I've been seraching the net to no avail.

  • The hatter Level 9 (60,930 points)

    PLEASE: this is not an "Open Thread" for questions.

    There already are Microsoft guides for upgrades from 7.

    You will need to have about 30GB of free space.

    The Windows 8 Setup wizard archives Windows 7 and can revert back if needed.

    Or you can reclaim the 20GB and use Disk Cleanup: System Files.


    I'll try to update this as I find more, yes.

  • Pein1911 Level 1 (0 points)

    I want try out EFI boot feature from Windows 8, but it have seen Bootcamp not supported ! 

  • FrederiQ Level 1 (5 points)

    Yep, and notebook users don't forget to put the Trackpad++, it's Windows 8 gestures are really sweet on the rMBP. Trackpad++ Actually made Windows 8 a competitive OS on my r




  • hadi sadeqi Level 1 (0 points)


    I have (macbook pro 2011). Everything’s going well in this manual until i need to choose bootcamp partition for win8. “Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI systems, windows can only be installed to GPT disks.” But for Windows i need MBR, not GPT!? What should I do to install Win8 from USB? Help me please

  • turbostar Level 4 (2,920 points)

    hadi - start your own topic, but you can NOT install from a usb, you need to use your optical drive unless you're able to get the hack to work (google usb boot camp hack)

  • Darjie Level 1 (0 points)

    I read a blog last week. I can share that here: Install Windows on Mac OS by using Boot Camp Utility


    In this blog, you'll read how to install Windows operating system on Mac system. There is a utility, called Boot Camp utility, which is required to perform this technique. Must read this blog. Hope it will solve your query.



  • AliRuff Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello, The Hatter.


    (killer cool pics of your cats )


    I hope you will help me, pleaseeeeee. Pretty please.

    Do you mind if I ask you three questions?


    I  am still *new* to APPLE forums. My info is alinc4/gmail


    I LUV my APPLE stuff, just not their way of tying my hands. (cannot merge iTunes accounts, knockered by why I have multiple libraries, annnnddd.... hope I can upgrade my late 2008 unibody Mac to save $$$ ..... SIGH.


    I saw your photo of - vietnam..... I'm guessing bc you look young enough to not have been in Korea. If those are your kitties, awwwww..... have a few myself, luv my boysies and the ratty lil girl .


    Hope your day is EPIC.


    Most sincerely,


    ALLI :-)