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JPSSnyder Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

I am running Win 8 on a 2011 Macbook Pro with a HD (not an SSD or hybrid). I have had no problems, the only issue was that I needed to monitor the auto reboots to make sure the bootcamp partition booted during install instead of the OSX partition.

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (91,150 points)

    In that case, no problem. Just boot into OS X, open System Preferences > Startup Disk and choose Macintosh HD, if you want to start always into OS X. You don't have to worry about it as Apple hasn't released Windows 8 drivers yet

  • JPSSnyder Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Rereading my own post I was not clear - I am running Windows 8 in a bootcamp partition. I know it is not supported but it is running smoothly on my Macbook Pro. I have a regular HD on the Macbook, I expect Win 8 might have driver troubles on an Macbook SSD or a hybrid drive but I am not sure. What I meant by watching the install was that I made sure my Macbook rebooted into the bootcamp/Windows partition during the install process because Windows auto restarts 4 or five times while installing.

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (91,150 points)

    Windows should start automatically into its partition while it's installing. What's exactly the question?

  • Darach Corcoran1 Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)

    I have recently upgraded to a 13" MacBook Pro Retina from my previous Air.

     

    I have a copy of Windows XP Pro that I used to use on my laptops to access my work systems remotely.

     

    I am now retired, but doing some voluntary work teaching people computer basics, and wanted to re-install a Windows system, so that I could familiarise myself once again with the operating system most of my pupils will be using.

     

    I therefore upgraded my Windows OS to Windows 8 under Microsoft's present offer.

     

    I now find the following:

     

    1. Microsoft say the upgrade only works when there is a previous Windows OS installed.

    2. I cannot install my old 32 bit Windows XP Pro on the new MacBook.

    3. It would be madness to buy a version of Windows 7 now, when Windows 8 is on sale.

    4. Boot Camp does not apparently yet support WIndows 8.

    5. I looked through my old machines, but the only one not on Mountain Lion is my Power Mac G5, and this will not run Windows, as it is pre-Intel.

     

    It seems I have now bought a  very expensive FrisBee!

     

    Any help?

  • JPSSnyder Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    My point was simply that Windows 8 is working in bootcamp and that I chose to monitor it during installation reboots to make sure it rebooted into the bootcamp partition.

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (42,340 points)

    OK.

  • Darach Corcoran1 Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)

    But did you install it as an upgrade, or was it the original full version?

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (42,340 points)

    Exchange the upgrade disc for a full copy, no money lost.

  • Darach Corcoran1 Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)

    I'll try that, but each of my last two phone calls to Microsoft ran for an hour!

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (42,340 points)

    I sympathize with that ... you bought it direct from MS I assume then.

  • JPSSnyder Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    This is a catch 22. One of my first concerns would be whether or not Win 8 would work now with Apple SSD and Hybrid HD drivers. It works well under bootcamp with older intel Macbook's, but I have no info on how it works on the new Macbooks. One convoluted possibility would be to install your Win XP on the Macbook using Parallels Desktop 8 virtualization, upgrade that to Win 8 in the virtual environment,and then migrate Win 8 to a bootcamp partition when Win 8 is supported (MS activation help staff would have to verify that the Win 8 license is still on your one Macbook - but they are pretty good about doing that). Another possibility is to hold onto the Win 8 license until bootcamp supports it, go to a local computer repair shop and have them use an MS Vista or Win 7 OEM disk to install on your Macbook, then use the Win 8 upgrade. One final very wild idea is to get a copy of the free Win 8 preview (which has expired but worked for the update), install it in bootcamp if it will let you (it might allow an install even if no activation), and upgrade from that when Win 8 is supported. 

  • Darach Corcoran1 Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)

    Yes - they could learn lessons on retail from another company I have in mind!

  • Darach Corcoran1 Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)

    Since my first posting, I have obtained a full version of Windows 7 and installed that. It is working fine in BootCamp. I then tried to install my Windows 8 upgrade, but right at the end of the instaalation process, when identifying installed devices the intallation breaks down, and I get a message that Windows 8 cannot be installed, and that the machine is reverting to the previously installed Windows 7 OS.

    My Apple dealer tells me I am snookered until Boot Camp is made compatible with Windows 8. I have no idea how long that will take.

  • JPSSnyder Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    For new SSD Macs I think bootcamp or Parallels will be the only solutions. Win 8 is running ok on my old MacBook Pro in bootcamp but I do lose sound often.

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