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Windows 8 in bootcamp

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JPSSnyder Calculating status...
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Jan 31, 2013 8:20 AM

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 (89,480 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 8:30 AM (in response to JPSSnyder)

    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

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,480 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 8:47 AM (in response to JPSSnyder)

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

  • Darach Corcoran1 Calculating status...
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    Jan 31, 2013 9:02 AM (in response to JPSSnyder)

    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?

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,360 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 9:34 AM (in response to JPSSnyder)

    OK.

  • Darach Corcoran1 Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 9:35 AM (in response to JPSSnyder)

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

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,360 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 9:35 AM (in response to Darach Corcoran1)

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

  • Darach Corcoran1 Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 9:37 AM (in response to Csound1)

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

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,360 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 9:51 AM (in response to Darach Corcoran1)

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

  • Darach Corcoran1 Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 9:57 AM (in response to Csound1)

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

  • Darach Corcoran1 Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
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    Feb 21, 2013 4:06 AM (in response to JPSSnyder)

    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.

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