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AndyOfEngland Level 1 (0 points)



I have downloaded (via MSDN) and installed Windows 8 onyo my 2011 MacBook Air and all is working well, with the exception of two pieces of hardware.


The FaceTime camera and the TrackPad.


Do you know when the drivers will be updated to support Windows 8? (It will be available to everyone in October, so there's not too long to go until more than just the developers/enthusiasts will be installing it on their computers).


Many thanks,



MacBook Air, Other OS, Windows 8
  • The hatter Level 9 (60,930 points)



    No one knows when Apple will.


    The 90 trial is much improved over Preview.


    Windows 8 Release Edition (Enterprise, Trial)


    In October Windows 8 hits stores $39 and you can get a taste using the Preview or the 90-day Enterprise that is the Releast version but expires - so you could go free and then $39 later.



    These are all the "tips" I have collected about Windows 8 on Mac.


    when trying to launch the Boot Camp Control Panel

    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 had problems with windows 7 after the installation using boot camp. The GT 650M was not showing up as the graphics adapter. I fixed the problem by inserting my windows support software CD a second time. I did not let it use auto run.  I went into the Windows 7 directory and then into the Nvidia directory and ran setup.exe. This installed the Nvidia drivers for me. If this works correctly, you will have an Nvidia control panel available to you. I set the resolution to 2880x1800. I also set windows to 200% magnification.

    I think what happens is that after you install windows, and then run the windows support CD, the main boot camp setup script seems to stop on the nvidia driver install--everything else installed correctly.

    The 2012 MacBook Air suffers from an EFI firmware bug that under Windows blocks turbo mode.

    Disable Windows 8’s Adaptive Brightness to Fix Dark Screen Problems

    2012 MacBook Air plagued by audio noise with Apple's Thunderbolt display

    Intel Windows 8 Graphic Driver ve-with-virtualbox/


    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.



    went into Device Manager and on the two "Touchpad" entries with the bang on them, went to "Update Driver" -> "Browse My Computer" -> "Let me pick from a list..." and changed them both to USB Input Device. Reboot.

    Go back to Device Manager, do an "Update Driver" again, let it search automatically, and one comes back as Apple Multitouch and the other as Apple Multitouch Mouse. Rebooted again, trackpad working and shows up in Boot Camp control panel.


    brightness, what graphics card are you using? It might be due to the auto adjusting brightness running there. You can go to your power options, edit the one you are using  (Change plan settings >> Change advanced power settings) and look for Batteries >> Enable adaptive brightness and disable the one you are using. After that, the scrollbar for adjusting brightness in power options should work again.

    HDMI audio in Windows 7 64 bit

    reinstalled the Intel video drivers and audio worked immediately.

    My config:  2011 Mac Mini 2.3, Intel 3000HD video

           .   .       upgrade to 8GB ram

    Samsung 8000 series LED TV connected with HDMI

    Memorex external BluRay writer(USB only power)

    After partitioning drive with boot camp and reboot, install Windows 7 with install wizard.

    When asked whether to allow automatic updates say 'no', then complete installation and run boot camp tools for Windows.

    Because the network driver gets installed prior to the Intel video driver, Windows will install the Windows Update Intel video driver which breaks HDMI audio.

    When auto updates are off, the Intel video driver that is correct gets installed last.  HDMI audio works with this driver.

    Apple should install the Intel video driver first and it would solve this problem.

    I now have full blown 3D BluRay support on the MacMini with TruHD audio, fantastic!


    Boot Camp: FireWire devices may affect Windows 7 responsiveness if connected to an Apple Thunderbolt display

    Products Affected Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-inch), Boot Camp, Windows 7

    Symptoms - When using Boot Camp and Microsoft Windows 7, FireWire (IEEE 1394) devices may affect system responsiveness if they are connected to the FireWire port of an Apple Thunderbolt display.


    MacBook Pro audio sound fix


    bluetooth connection is incredibly unreliable/intermittent when in Windows (I run Windows 7 64-bit and Boot Camp 4.0, and got both devices connected without any trouble via Bluetooth).

    After much testing, I have found the cause of lagging/jumpiness on the Bluetooth Magic Mouse and Magic TrackPad in Boot Camp. Hopefully this will help others:

    The drivers for the Broadcom 802.11n Wireless Adapter have a setting called "Bluetooth Collaboration" that is Disabled by default. Enabling this option removes the problem instantly. My Magic Trackpad now works flawlessly, even if I stand 6 metres from the machine. It now works just as well as under Mac OS. The setting can be found under:

    Control Panel > Device Manager > Network Adapters > Broadcom 802.11n Network Adapter (right click and choose "Properties".

    Under the "Advanced" tab, highlight the setting named "Bluetooth Collaboration", then change it to Enable. Then click OK.

    I narrowed the problem down to the wireless card by disabling ALL startup services and processes for Windows, then re-enabling one by one.

    As soon as I enabled the Windows Wireless Service, the problem came back.

    Similarly, disabling the Wireless Card inside the Network and Sharing Center (or Device Manager) removes the problem.

    This led me to believe it must be a driver issue with the wireless card, since the problem didn't occur with the Magic TrackPad under Mac OS, or on my mother's Windows 7 64-bit computer.

    So when I went into the Driver Properties to check for an update, I found this setting about Bluetooth Collaboration.

    All Apple notebooks use the Broadcom card (and have done for years), so this driver is installed for almost anybody using Boot Camp on an Apple notebook. I'd assume this problem would affect anybody using Boot Camp + wifi + a Bluetooth device.

    Wireless Connection problem using windows in a Mac.

    May 4, 2012 10:08 PM (in response to Chris9393)


  • AndyOfEngland Level 1 (0 points)



    Thanks for the reply.


    I am using the RTM version


    I've followed the instructions for the Trackpad and, so far (at least) it's working.  I need to check the gestures are working, but, I HAVE A MOUSE POINTER!   Thanks.


    Now, I just need to look into the FaceTime Camera driver.  (Any tips? )



  • The hatter Level 9 (60,930 points)

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  • rturner2 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks The Hatter... this got my apple bluetooth mouse working perfectly! Finially... hasn't worked very well since I got it in Windows 7.


    This also fixed my screen brightness issues.


    My sound was OK already.


    I don't trust that trackpad fix.... it's asking to install powerplan other software which has a dodgy terms and conditions on the installation. I'll look for another solution.


    My web cam isn't working also. Have to try and search some more for a fix. I'll post back if I find anything.

  • hellobsp21 Level 1 (0 points)

    I was able to make my trackpad work using trackpadd++ but this facetime camera issue still remain. Can anyone suggest how to fix this in the interim before Apple comes up with bootcamp for Windows8 ?

    Please advise if someone has found any solution?


  • hellobsp21 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey Andy,

    Step 1: Go to Device manager and update your Camera driver.

    Step 2: Run Windows update on Windows 8, it has an update for Camera driver.

    Step2: Open Camera app on Windows 8 and "Allow" to use your native camera.


    Done. Facetime Camera will work.




  • KozLU04 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello All,

    Here is my experience.  If you are doing a FRESH install of Windows 8, start off by downloading bootcamp drivers from the bootcamp utility in the Mac OS and save them to a thumb drive.  After successfully installing WIndows 8 on bootcamp, run the Apple Boot Camp installer (make sure you are logged into the Windows 8 os as an Administrator and complete the installation. After installing and rebooting, when you view the Device Manager, you will notice an audio device driver was not installed. Go to then to "Menu" -> Downloads and Drivers" -> "Browse for Drivers". In the next screen, under "Search Downloads" enter "HD4000 and hit search. Now this is the IMPORTANT part. There is 2 drivers available for Windows 8, one for newer version ( and an older version ( Make sure you download the OLDER VERSION ( the newer version kept causing my computer to crash after install.


    During installation, your screen will go black and will not come back. Wait about 10 minutes then do a force restart, and wala, you are done!


    Hope this helps. Here is the direct link to the download page, but not sure how long it will be good for: Version=%0A%09%09%09%09%09%09%09%09%0A%09%09%09%09%09%09%09&DownloadType=


    Jeff K

  • mohangbits Level 1 (0 points)

    And today, Apple released the latest update for Windows 8 BootCamp.. OSX Ver 10.8.3

  • KozLU04 Level 1 (0 points)

    I"m happy to report the update worked FLAWLESSLY for me See my previous post above of the state of my machine previously.  I then booted up the mac os, ran the update to 10.8.3 (among some other old updates I have not ran yet since I live on Boot Camp). After update was complete, I ran Boot Camp Assistant and downloaded latest drivers (note the text in the screen says "Windows 7 or Later" and does not explicitly say WIndows 8, I saw on another message board, someone was concerned Windows 8 was not specifically mentioned). Like usually takes a little while to download the files but they download and install onto my USB that is MS DOS (FAT) formated. Next booted up my exisitng WIndows 8 installation opened the "BootCamp" folder (yes they changed the folder name from the old name WIndowsSupport to now "BootCamp") and ran the setup.exe (NOTE: for good measure I ran it using the "Run as Administrator" option, best be safe then sorry). I then got a weird error saying that Drive F:/ could not be read please insert disk.... or something like that. After doing a little digging, I realize it was the SD card slot on the macbook air. Anyway, just so the message does not come up, I threw an SD card in and ran the setup.exe again and the error went away. I then ran the installer, noticing it did not say anything about upgrade or remove old version, it just kicked right in and started reinstalling (I guess) all the drivers. When completed, it asked for reboot. I rebooted, logged into windows 8, ran Boot Camp Control Panel, said Yes to the UAC message, held my breath.... and.... IT WORKED! I even tested it with my Thunderbolt monitor hooked up, and now I can even control brightness, woohoo!  Also notice the Apple logo on the mabook air lid no longer lit up.


    So all looks good!  Even though I was a success, it is a windows deployment and there are endless reasons something can fail, so make sure you back up your data before you start just to be safe.


    Thanks Apple for a smooth and successful update!

  • KozLU04 Level 1 (0 points)

    HI All,

    Me again. So here is my new "issue" with Boot Camp and WIndows 8.  The silly time being set wrong on boot.  THe original problem (as many of you probably already know) is, when you switch from Mac OS to WIndows, the time stamp is wrong by X hours (in my case 6 hours). In the older version of Boot Camp (5.0.1), this was solved by 2 steps: 1. Add the key RealTImeIsUniversal to registry with value = 1 (see here - -x) and Disable the Apple TIme Service ( Anyway, appearently after I upgraded boot camp to drivers in WIndows 8 to 5.0.2, I noticed the time is shifted whether or not I switched from Mac OS to WIndows or simply rebooted windows. So I went to add the key back to the registry but it was already there, so I thought maybe the Apple Time Service in NT Services was started again, and what's this, it no longer exists. Interesting. So now I am wondering if I should modify the key RealTimeIsUniversal in the registry to see if that fixes the issue, but was wondering if anyone knows if this existed before (my guess is no since most posts ask you to add it) or was it set to a different setting then True (i.e. 1).





  • rturner2 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi KozLU04


    I've got this exact issue going on with the time and date since I upgrade to the brand new drivers for Windows 8. I didn't have any time related issues before this!


    I don't have a solution as yet though :-( What a pain.


    Apart from the current time and date issue, the upgrade went pain free.

  • KozLU04 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello All,

    Solution found, but let me quickly update the orignal problem: The time on Windows 8 was actually resetting itself without computer reboot (syncing every X minutes, from where or why, I do not know).


    To solve the problem, I went to the registry using Regedit and navigated to:


    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > CurrentControlSet > Control > TimeZoneInformation


    Located RealTimeIsUniversal and delete the key.


    Restart the machine and the time never reset again.


    Hope this helps!



  • pauly61 Level 1 (0 points)

    Can someone foawrd me to get the iso file for windows 8 for my macbook pro 13 inch and email me           I can not seem to be able to find it

  • mohangbits Level 1 (0 points)
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