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Question: Windows 8.1 install fails on new 2013 Retina MacBook

I doubt there are many people out there who can help with this yet. I was able to pick up my 2013 Haswell Retina MacBook Pro from my local Apple store this morning (yay!), and so far everything has been stellar. However, I'm unable to install Windows 8.1 via Bootcamp. I have not tried Windows 8 or 7.

I've tried installing both via USB thumb drive, and via DVD on external SuperDrive, with the same results. I know that 2013 MacBook Airs have to install via UEFI so I've tried that as well. What I've tried:

Booting into UEFI:

- After creating the partition in Bootcamp, I boot holding OPTION

- At the boot selection screen I select "EFI BOOT"

- I go through all the motions, including formatting the BOOTCAMP partition

- After all the files have been copied, I get a message that "Windows cannot update the boot partition and that my progress won't be saved" (not the exact message).

Booting via BIOS:

- After creating the partition in Bootcamp, I boot holding OPTION

- At the boot selection screen I pick "WINDOWS"

- When I get to the partition selection/formatting screen it won't let me proceed, when I expand the error message it tells me that partition can't be used because it has a GPT partition table.

So, I'm stuck =( Any ideas?

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mavericks (10.9)

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Ok I have win 8.1 installed and running fine. I just bought a 15" base MBPR haswell. Here is what I did

1. setup and update mavericks and reboot

2. open boot camp assistant and only check the lower 2 options

3. insert a usb flash drive (for boot camp driver install

4. plug in a usg dvd drive with a retail copy of windows 8 or 8 professional

5 select how big you want your partition. I recommend at least 80gb but just a suggestion based on needs.

6 when its done creating the windows boot camp usb eject the usb drive before you allow it to restart to install windows.

7. when it is at the install screen you will see a message saying that partition 0s4 is unable to install windows. highlight that windows partition and click delete then highlight it and select format.

8 click next to proceed with install

9 when in win 8 run the boot camp installer and all windows 8 updates. restart

10 go to the windows store and select the windows 8.1 update and click install

11 after a restart you are at 8.1 Done. Enjoy.

Thats my experience and I did it in just a few hours tonight.

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Oct 24, 2013 11:01 PM in response to jdhiro In response to jdhiro

Finally got my windows 8 pro installed! Thanks, westcoast.

My installation process:

1. Get the usb-rom and windows partition ready in Bootcamp

2. Format the new partition with "windows NT filesystem" in Disk Utility ( Tuxera NTFS didn't work for me)

3. Boost with EFI

4. Don't format the partition, but just click next

5. Annoying "updating boot configuration failed" gone! haha

Good luck, everyone.

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Oct 23, 2013 9:19 PM in response to jdhiro In response to jdhiro

Update: I just tried with Windows 8 via DVD and recieved the same error.

"Windows could not prepare the computer to boot into the next phase of the installation. To install Windows, restart the installation."

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Oct 23, 2013 9:19 PM

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Oct 24, 2013 3:42 AM in response to jdhiro In response to jdhiro

@jdhiro: I think this time Apple did it on purpose...

By the way I currently develop some improved drivers for Boot Camp (like better trackpad driver, keyboard backlight control, and more). For instance, see http://discussions.apple.com/thread/2436935?start=780&tstart=0

I wonder if you could contact me via email support@powerplan7.com (my enquiry: providing just a few specific screenshots from Late-2013 rMBP... could really help...). Thank you.

Oct 24, 2013 3:42 AM

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