The Windows 8 Pro was available for install/upgrade on Oct 26 and many users are trying to install the new Microsoft OS on a virtual machine.
They had many difficulties in the process because using Windows 8 in virtual machines can’t take advantages of your hardware and the OS will perform poorly. That’s why I introduced a way to install Windows 8 and dual boot with Windows 7/Vista. However, if you are using a MacBook, how could you try the new OS?
Bootcamp is an Apple’s application that allows running Windows on your Mac at native speed and full access to processors, accelerated 3D graphics. Note that you need to back up important data before installation.
Read also: Install Windows 8 on VMWare Fusion
This is an easy process and your MacBook could work fine with Windows 8 without additional drivers. Follow the steps below:
Step 1: Create a bootable Windows 8 USB or DVD using the ISO images of Windows 8. You can download the ISO images when installing Windows 8.
Step 2: Run the Boot Camp Assistant by typing Boot Camp in Finder.
Step 3: Choose Install Windows 7 under Select Tasks screen and you also should select the option Download the latest Windows support software from Apple.
Click on Continue. The option will turn to Remove Windows 7 if you have already had a Windows version on your Mac, so you must be careful.
Also remember to save all drivers for later use.
Step 4: Now you can create a new partition to install Windows 8. Drag the divider to set the size of the Windows partition, it should be at least 20 GB.
Step 5: Insert the Windows 8 USB or DVD into your Mac and hit the Install button available inside the Boot Camp Assistant wizard.
Step 6: This will start the familiar Windows 8 installation process on your Mac. You just need to choose the disk partition “BOOTCAMP” to install. If you have an issue requiring to install into a NTFS partition, just go to advanced Drive options and hit the F key to format that partition to NTFS format. Then you can follow the process and use the provided product key when prompted.
After finishing, you can switch between Windows 8 and Mac OS by holding the Option (Alt) key at start up.
Step 7: Now you should be able to log in to Windows 8. The final step is installing all drivers you downloaded in the step 3 (in Bootcamp folder), it will help Apple mouse, keyboard, trackpad, USB, networks work properly.
Have fun using Windows 8 on your MacBook.
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