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ethanweku Level 1 (0 points)

I'm trying to install Windows 8 Pro 64-bit on my Macbook Pro (mid 2010), and kept getting stuck at "No boot device found...", does any of you have any idea on how to get this solved?


I've already created a bootable USB drive (Kingston DTGE9 16GB) using my Win8 desktop, and used the drive to do fresh installs on other machines and it works fine. But I can't get it to work on the Macbook Pro..


I also have an external dvd reader, which I connected to the Macbook Pro, and ML recognizes it, but during startup, it kept reaching that error message, so I still have not been able to do an install of Win8..

MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2010), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3), Bootcamp
  • leroydouglas Level 6 (17,837 points)
  • ethanweku Level 1 (0 points)



    I'm still not getting the answer I need to fix my problem.. I don't have a problem creating the Win8 drivers, as that's automated within ML Bootcamp process.. I've also created the secondary partition, dividing my ssd space equally for ML and Win8.. But when I try to startup my MBP, the computer would not install Win8, it just gets stuck in the "No boot device found --..".. I don't have a problem with getting back to ML, as I can just hold Option and select my main partition.. What I'm having a problem with is, I can't install Win8..

  • leroydouglas Level 6 (17,837 points)

    You might have better luck poking around in the Bootcamp discussions:


  • ethanweku Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks a bunch!

  • trifero Level 1 (10 points)

    The problem i have is that bootcamp doesn't download the drivers. Stay there for hours.



    Any idea?

  • trifero Level 1 (10 points)

    Thank you¡

  • ethanweku Level 1 (0 points)

    I think it's not stuck, bootcamp is just trying to download the win8 drivers which is pretty big.. If you want you can download the file separately just google bootcamp 5.0.5 drivers and it should give you a link.. You can then copy the files onto an empty usb and use it to install the drivers.. Now if only i can install win8..

  • trifero Level 1 (10 points)

    Thank you so much. I don´t think it´s a problem of size. It was all night, about 9 hours, more than enough time to download it. But it fails. At the end, a i used the download link of leroydouglas.

    As for the installation of Windows 8, The Boot Camp Assistant also fails to translate the iso to the USB Flash ( I have a MBA). At the end, i could make it using the "Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool" form Microsoft, using a Virtual Windows 7 machine on Fusion. I used the windows 8 iso and created the USB flash installer. Then i booted from it and worked like a charm.



  • Eric Root Level 9 (50,622 points)

    From the article below:


    If you have problems installing Windows

    If you have problems installing Windows, try the following solutions.

    If you get a message saying “Installer Disc Not Found” when installing Windows

    Make sure you’re logged in to OS X as an administrator.

    If Windows doesn’t install properly

    Verify that you’re using an original, full version of the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8, or Windows 8 Pro.

    Restart your Mac and hold down the Option key until one or more disk icons appear on your screen. Insert the Windows installation disc into the optical drive or insert the USB flash drive with Windows into a USB port on your Mac. Select the Windows installation disk icon, then click the arrow beneath it. Quickly press any key on your keyboard to start the installer. Follow the onscreen instructions to repair or reinstall Windows.

    If the Windows installer isn’t responding

    Be sure you are using the original keyboard and mouse that came with your Mac.

    If you’re using an Apple mouse, the Windows installer may not respond if the mouse is connected directly to your Mac. Connect the mouse to the USB port on your keyboard.



  • projectRelentless Level 1 (10 points)

    Heres an option, if your having problems with the USB install of Windows 8 that you have, is it possible you can burn it to a disc and use that?  In my work arounds i had to do, I let BootCamp assistant do the partition, then on restart i held down option, and inserted the disc with Win 8 on it, waited a second or two and then it pops up a disc icon that says Windows -- click that ad the install should begin.  I think i read that Apple is forcing installs with a disc and not on USB which could be your problem...but im not sure about that.  Also try booting up, holding down option WITHOUT the USB drive in, then when you get to the startup disc screen, try putting the USB installer in, and maube it will pop up like the disc did for me.



    hope that helps

  • ethanweku Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks all for the tips and suggestions.. I finally managed to get Windows 8 installed.. And here's how I did it..


    1) You absolutely have to have a Mac dvd drive / superdrive.. USB sticks did not work for me, and believe me I tried around 10 different models.. I made them all using Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool, with my original Windows 8 Pro 64bit developer edition DVD..

    2) If you removed your internal DVD drive to install a secondary HDD/SSD, you have to reconnect your old drive back, just for the install..

    3) I already tried rEFIt ( and I also tried the tip suggested here ( but kept failing to get my MBP to recognize the USB drive while booting.. In ML, it recognizes the USB just fine.. But while booting, it kept coming up with the message "No bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key".. I tried pressing buttons on my keyboard to no avail..

    4) So anyhow, I plugged my old Mac internal DVD drive back, and began installing Windows 8 using BCA.. Everything was fine, when I don't know what happened, the screen turned white, and I had to restart.. After I restarted, Windows 8 installation was obviously corrupted, and I had to begin from the start again.. But guess what, now my DVD drive kept spitting the Windows 8 DVD out.. I would slot it in, and after whirring for a few seconds, it spits it out.. This spitting out of the DVD completely made my installation of Windows 8 impossible, until I resetted the SMC.. (

    5) When you're in the menu in Windows 8 installation, and it asks you if you want to reformat your HDD/SSD, please choose to reformat, as bootcamp creates a MS-FAT partition, and you want NTFS for Windows 8 to run more robustly..

    6) Voila, and that's it, I now have a completely working dual-boot MBP =)

  • projectRelentless Level 1 (10 points)

    Awesome!  Great to hear, I figured that USB deal was an issue.  And like you, my SuperDrive decided to give me issues when I needed it the most. This sounds crazy but I went to best buy and got the best DVD cleaner disc they sold "cleanRX" after reading all over that this really helps... I was skeptical.. Yet determined to go finish this windows 8 install.  That clean disc worked like magic!  Highly recommend for the spit the DVD out issues.  Isn't windows 8 awesome.  I love osx a lot, but windows 8 is just such an awesome boost for Microsoft, and all g with the new surface pro... If I can run photoshop and 3dsmax on a tablet, bye bye iPad, I mean that's awesome!

  • perez_saintrafael Level 1 (0 points)

    What if I only have a win8 downloaded from torrent. will it work?

  • Csound1 Level 8 (46,992 points)

    Do you have a licence for it, with an activation code?

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