I finally managed to get Win8 installed correctly on my MacBook Air. I ended up generating two USB drives:
- One with Windows 7 Pro on it (as well as the Bootcamp drivers for Windows)
- One with Windows 8 Pro on it (drivers as well).
I installed Win7 first and then used the Win8 USB drive to upgrade. I think part of my problem was pulling out the Win8 USB drive after it had copied all the files and started installing. I was so used to this on Windows machines but forgot that the Mac has specific drivers (2013 and there's not an inbuilt driver for a Mac keyboard and trackpad?).
Hi - the process I followed was:
- Download and/or Create a .iso file for both Windows 7 and Windows 8. I had physical media for both and so I followed instructions here - http://www.ehow.com/how_6634781_make-iso-dvd.html
- Once I had the iso files, I then used the Bootcamp Asssistant to create a bootable USB drive from the iso files.
- I then made sure the Bootcamp Drivers were installed on each USB drive - using the Bootcamp Assistant again to download them.
- Installed Windows 7 using the USB drive.
- Once Win7 was installed - I then installed Windows 8 over it.
Once you know the steps it's pretty straight forward. Getting the steps done in the right order took me quite a while though. Hope this helps.
Thanks for the information!
I also suceeded after I did the following steps.
I booted into Mac OS X and launched Boot Camp Assistant.
From there I selected Copy Windows ISO image to a USB drive. Then I selected the Windows 8 ISO image after I copied it to my Mac partition. It then did its magic and I ended up with a USB drive called WININSTALL.
Then I booted back to Windows 7, launched the USB drive window and double clicked on setup.exe
Voila! Windows 8 Installer proceeds with the installation, with Apple Boot Camp drivers installed automatically as well and the Mac no longer freezes at the Personalise screen.