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How to install Windows 8 on Mid 09 Macbook Pro (10.8.3)

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  • antswork Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the thread projectRelentless,

    My problem was almost the same with my macbook pro 13in mid 2012 osx 10.8.3 bootcamp 5.0.2.... I installed the windows 8 first because I thought that I could use windows support downloaded from my macpro 10.7.3 using bootcamp 4.0.4 but when I tried to run the bootcamp support it says it does not support my macbook pro, so I re-run bootcamp 5.0.2 from my macbook and tried to download the WindowsSupport file and as what you have mentioned I encountered same error saying my mac supports only windows 7 but then I ignored it and proceed to download the support for windows 7 and took up almost 2 hours before I decided to cancel the download because it seems its not moving anymore  ....after reading more threads I came up with just downloading directly the file bootcamp from and run it succesfully. this solved my problem.


    My conclussion:

    Just download the

    Use wired mouse to enable right click option to run as admin


    by the way my macpro with osx 10.7.3 has a bootcamp 4.0.4 running windows 8 and did not have any issue with the installation using a multiple bit ISO windows 8 installer but my macbook pro won't recognise it as a 64 bit OS so I needed to burn another installer with a single platform (64bit only).

  • antswork Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I think you also have to press alt/option + F1 or F2. it works for me

  • rapture_elk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    THANK YOU!! Like a charm... I had given up on getting Win 8 to recognise my specifically Apple keyboard, adjust brightness, the trackpad, etc etc (and access my HFS+ partition... I was about to purchase MacDrive 9 for that)... I will say that I got one or two things fixed before your trick of installing BootCamp 5 with Reg Edit/Run As Admin on teh MSI file. I had already successfully installed Win 8 because I just did it straight from within Win 7 which I already had via BootCamp. No Audio worked though (and of course no BootCamp assistant/drivers). I Individually installed manually each Apple driver in teh BootCamp 5 archive, this didn't help much but updated the iSight camera. Still no audio... then I manually installed the RealTek Audio and that gave me audio. This was before getting BootCamp 5 to work. So already Win 8 was very much useable. The Apple keyboard doesn't vary much from the PC one and MacDrive works well to access HFS+ disks. But this is much better! Thanks again.



    MacBook Pro 4,1 (2008)

    500GB SATA, 6GB 667, NVidia GeForce 8600GT

    OS X Mountain Lion / Win 8 Pro x64 dual boot


    still truckin'

  • cfloyd27 Calculating status...

    Thanx projectRelentless for your tutorial!


    Everything worked great...up to the last step I hope you may be able to give a little advice. I downloaded and copied the script to my desktop and ran it. i navigated to Bootcamp/Drivers/Apple but when i click run as administrator I get the error message "This installation package is not suported by this processor type. Contact your product vendor."


    Is there anything i can do about this? Any help is greatly apreciated! Thanx in advance!

  • rapture_elk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I had to extract the .msi bootcamp file from the .rar/.zip archive before it would work. I dragged it to the desktop so it extracted there, then right-clicked and Ran As Administrator. Then finally it worked. Try that?

  • petieg Calculating status...

    This is great! I'm so glad to see a community come together like this.  projectRelentless -- i wish you the best of luck and thanks for getting this kickstarted!  (It does get easier when you break up - Neil Sedaka had it right though.) 


    antswork has it right... just run the  unzip it (c:\BC would be nice and short) and then from an elevated Command Prompt navigate to c:\BC\BootCamp\Drivers\Apple   then type msiexec /a bootcamp.msi  and it'll install just fine.  According to devmgmt.msc (run from Command Prompt) the only thing i was missing was the Coprocessor driver -- which i was able to extract from the earlier under \BootCamp\Drivers\Nvidia\NvidiaChipset64.  Right click on Coprocessor in Device Manager and update the driver. Direct Windows to the folder on the desktop for (v4.0.4033 driver) \Drivers\NVidia\NVidiaChipset64 (or 32 if you are running x86).   Awesome! 

  • Klap Calculating status...

    Thanks so much for this man, my windows 8 setup caused bluescreens 50% of the time. Used your trick with the windows 8 bootcamp loader and im running at 100%... im in your debt.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,385 points)

    Hi PJ, how are you doing?


    It's a bad idea to post your email in public, I'll have it removed for you.

  • Gideon65 Calculating status...

    Thanks so much for these extremely helpfull has made my life so much easier...


    I did the whole Bootcamp/Macbook Pro/windows 8 combination and got everything to work so well...using your guidance of course. I was so happy with the machine...then disaster, a brand new 1 TB harddrive decided to do the "click of death".


    Luckely for me I had already downloaded all updates for windows and Mountain Lion etc. (which is not so easy with internet speed in Tanzania - Africa) for my first installation, so the re-install to another new 1TB drive went quick and well. The Display Adapter, Touch Pad and Sound works perfectly....


    But Bluetooth has a problem... :-(


    The BT drivers did not install. I tried the drivers from Bootcamp 4 and Bootcamp 5.2 but no luck...


    Can someone please tell me which specific BT driver to use?



    ps.  I love the "Classic Start Meny 3.6.7.  for Windows feels like "real" Windows :-)

  • hoainam12k Calculating status...

    Thank you for this great tutorial. Just want to notice you need 4.0.4033 ( not 4.1.4586


    4.0.4033 include drivers for macbook mid 2009, mid 2010

  • voliob Calculating status...

    Thank you very much projectRelentless. This worked great. My iMac was 6 months out of the loop but this work around saved the day.

  • adarkenigma Calculating status...

    I want to do this on my early 2009 MBP 5,2. I was able to install windows 8 32 bit with superdrive. but windows 8 iso is about 5 gigs. It wont fit on DVD. How do you get you computer to recogize Windows 8 64bit USB install? or do i need to get dual layer DVD?

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