How To Install Windows 8 On Mac

For all those Mac users who have been eagerly waiting to install and experience the next generation Windows 8 operating system on Mac machine, here is the simple procedure that you need to follow to install Windows 8 on your Mac using the Boot Camp Assistant software.

Mac Lion And Windows 8

What you will need:

# Windows 8 DVD, ISO, or USB

# A USB drive with 8GB or more capacity

# One hour free time

 

We are going to use the Boot Camp Assistant software available on Mac. Boot Camp helps you install Windows OS on Intel-based Mac by downloading the necessary support software, creating a partition on your disk for Windows, and then starting the Windows installer.

 

NOTE: We assume that you have an Intel-based Mac machine with Boot Camp Assistant version 4.0 or later. It’s always a good idea to backup the important data on your computer before installing Windows on Mac. We used Mac mini (mid 2011) to install Windows 8 on the Mac. The procedure to install Windows 8 on other Mac machines might be a bit different.

 

Procedure:

Step 1: Launch Boot Camp Assistant software. To launch it, go to Utilities and click on Boot Camp Assistant to open it.

Install Windows 8 On Mac Step 1

Step 2: Once launched, click Continue button on the introduction screen to see the list of options available for your Mac. You will see three options:

# Create a Windows 7 install disk

# Download the latest Windows support software from Apple

# Install Windows 7

Install Windows 8 On Mac Step2

If Create a Windows 7 install disk option is not available on your Mac, it’s because your computer doesn’t support installing Windows from USB flash drive. Simply select the other options available and click Continue button.

 

By default, all three options are enabled. If you are on Mac Mini or MacBook Air, use the first option (Create a Windows 7 install disk) to create a bootable Windows 8 USB flash drive to install Windows 8 directly from USB flash drive. Click Continue button to proceed to the next step.

 

Step 3: (Please skip this step if you haven’t selected Create a Windows 7 install disk option in the above step) In this step, you need to select the Windows 8 ISO file and the USB device that you want to use to install Windows 8. Boot Camp Assistant will create a bootable USB drive for Windows 8 installation. Once you select the ISO file and destination USB drive, click Continue button.

Install Windows 8 On Mac Step3

Click Continue button if you are prompted with “The drive will be erased” message. Boot Camp Assistant may take a several minutes to create the bootable Windows 8 USB drive (it will also download Windows support software from Apple). Once Boot Camp Assistant finishes creating bootable Windows 8 USB, you will get “Boot Camp Assistant is trying to add new helper tool. Type your password to allow this” message. Type in the password and click Add Helper button to continue.

Install Windows 8 On Mac Step 4

Install Windows 8 on Mac Step 5

Install Windows 8 On Mac Step 9

Step 4: Boot Camp Assistant now takes you to Create a partition for Windows window. Drag the divider between the partitions to set the size of the partitions. We recommend a minimum of 30 GB for Windows partition (Microsoft recommends 16 GB but if you want to install other software on Windows 8, allocate 30GB).

Install Windows 8 On Mac Step7

Install Windows 8 on Mac Step 77

Click Install button to start partitioning the drive and then begin installing Windows 8 on your Mac. Your Mac machine will automatically reboot to begin installing Windows. You will see “Booting from Boot Camp Assistant created boot drive” message.

OR

If you haven’t selected Create a Windows 7 install disk option in step 2, please insert the Windows 8 installation DVD into the tray and click Install button to start partitioning the drive and then Windows installation. Your Mac machine will automatically reboot to begin installing Windows.

Windows-8-Installation-Procedure-Step2

From here on follow the on screen procedure until you need to select a partition to install Windows. In the Where do you want to install Windows? screen, select the partition named BOOTCAMP to install Windows 8. Make sure that you format the BOOTCAMP partition before selecting it as an unformatted drive may give “Windows cannot be installed to this disk x partition x” error.

BootCamp Partition

To format the BOOTCAMP partition, select the partition in the list, click Drive options (advanced) and then click Format button. Click Ok button for the prompt.

 

Click Next button to begin installing Windows 8 on BOOTCAMP partition. Follow the on screen instructions to finish installing and configuring Windows 8. If you are new to installing Windows 8, follow our step-by-step Windows 8 installation procedure.

Windows-8-Installation-Procedure-Step8

Windows-8-Installation-Procedure-Step9

Step 5: Once Windows 8 is installed and running, you need to install Mac-specific drivers and other support software for Windows. The support software is on the same USB drive if you have selected Download the latest support software from Apple in step 2. Open the Windows 8 USB flash drive (that you have created using Boot Camp Assistant)and navigate to WindowsSupport folder and then double-click on setup.exe file to start installing all drivers and Apple Software Update.

Install Windows 8 On Mac Using Boot Camp Assistant

Install Windows 8 On Mac Using Boot Camp Assistant Step 32

If you are getting “Boot Camp requires that your computer is running Windows 7” error,  then you need manually install all drivers and Apple Software Update. Open the Windows 8 USB drive and navigate to Drivers > Apple. Here you will find all Apple drivers and other software. Manually install all required drivers one-by-one.

Install Windows 8 On Mac Using Boot Camp Assistant Step 36

If you want to install drivers for third-party hardware such as NVidia and ATI, you can find the required drivers under Drivers folder in the same drive. Good luck!

 

If you get Software you are installing has not passed Windows Logo testing message, click Continue Anyway button.

 

When you switch on your Mac, hold down the Alt key or Option key to see an option to boot into Windows or Mac. Good luck!

Mac Lion And Windows 8

Also check out these guides:

# How to install Windows 8 from ISO file

# How to install Windows 8 on VMware virtual machine

# How to install Windows 8 on VirtualBox virtual machine

# Windows 8 installation procedure (step-by-step)

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Comments

  1. Despiser25 says

    You all must be Liberals… Buy a hyper expensive shiny PC because it has a Apple on it then put a far superior Windows OS on it. LOL. I just bought a CoreI3 shipped to my door with Win81 for under $400… You idiots rammed 0bamacare up our butts too… Liberalism is a serious mental disorder…

  2. Karl says

    Apparently the mac mini 2010 model does not support bootcamp 5 or windows 8. Well I tired it out anyway and it worked flawlessly. Mounted windows 7 ISO in mac, went through the bootcamp wizard. One reboot put in windows 8 USB. Loaded windows 8 and installed drivers from bootcamp5. Only 2 drivers did not install, coporcessor and SM Bus. These drivers can be found in bootcamp 4.0 under nvidia. Everything working 100%.
    Great Post.

  3. hadi says

    hi
    I have (macbook pro 2010). Everything’s going well in this manual until i need to choose bootcamp partition for win8. “Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI systems, windows can only be installed to GPT disks.” But for Windows i need MBR, not GPT!? What should I do to install Win8 from USB? Help me please

  4. hadi says

    hi
    I have (macbook pro 2010). Everything’s going well in this manual until i need to choose bootcamp partition for win8. “Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI systems, windows can only be installed to GPT disks.” But for Windows i need MBR, not GPT!? What should I do to install Win8 from USB? Help me please

  5. Eleni says

    Doesn’t work:

    1. Not all models support USB creation. Those with superdrives certainly don’t. To get around that you need to edit the Info.plist inside Boot Camp Assistant.app (BootCampAssistant.app/Contents/Info.plist)

    To edit do right click on it, show package contents, navigate to Contents and open a terminal in that directory. Execute “sudo nano Info.plist” and edit the file.

    You need to add 2 values in there:

    DARequiredROMVersions

    IM41.0055.B08
    IM42.0071.B03
    IM51.0090.B03
    IM52.0090.B03
    IM61.0093.B01
    MP11.005C.B04
    MB11.0061.B03
    MBP11.0055.B08
    MBP12.0061.B03
    MBP18.0047.B27
    MM11.0055.B08

    And:

    PreUSBBootSupportedModels

    MacBook7,1
    MacBookAir3,2
    MacBookPro8,1
    MacBookPro8,3
    MacPro5,1
    Macmini4,1
    iMac12,2

    These values you can retrive from the System Information application in utilities. Finally
    DELETE the “Pre” in “PreUSBBootSupportedModels”.

    PreUSBBootSupportedModels —-> USBBootSupportedModels

    MacBook7,1
    MacBookAir3,2
    MacBookPro8,1
    MacBookPro8,3
    MacPro5,1
    Macmini4,1
    iMac12,2

    In case you’re running it on a WIN 7 only macs and want to install win 8 also delete this:

    Win7OnlyModels

    MacBook7,1
    MacBookAir3,2
    MacBookPro5,5
    MacPro2,1
    Macmini4,1
    iMac10,1

    Now you can start Bootcamp Assistant and you will be able to make your USB disk.

    HOWEVER, if you have a MBR partition table on your HDD, when you try to install Win8 from the USB, it will complain that you can’t install Win8 from EFI on MBR. So you only can do it through DVD…

  6. jess says

    i get all the way to the step to install windows 8 on my usb and when i select my iso file and go to download it I get this error:
    your Bootable usb could not be created
    Boot Camp only supports Windows 7 installation on this platform. Please use an ISO file for Windows 7 installation.

  7. Gordon Saunders says

    I installed Windows 8 as instructed here. It worked well until it had to be restarted for updates. Then I get only a dark blue screen on attempting to restart. Additionally, the Windows partition cannot be started from either a Windows 8 or a Windows 7 installation disk on an external DVD read-writer. By holding down the Alt key (on a Microsoft Keyboard) I can start Mac OS X 8.2, but in no other system.

  8. Darren Howe says

    So basically, NOBODY can get Windows 8 running on a Mac.

    That seems about right for Apple.

  9. j says

    Can you post links for downloading latest version of bootcamp. I cant seem to find the latest version anywhere. I have an old macbook.
    Model Name: MacBook
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2 GHz
    Memory: 2 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz
    Bootcamp:3.04

  10. Nomis says

    Unable to install win 8 via bootcamp; I reformatted the bootcamp partition to windows NTFS but the Next button still disabled ..

  11. Mac user says

    I have installed 8 on my macbook and after installing bootcamp and all drivers , it freezes minute after logging on , and if I don’t install bootcamp ( but only drivers ) it runs fine , but keyboard shortcuts don’t work ( Volume , brightness , eject cd etc ) and no right click . Dont know what is causing freezing .

  12. Molz says

    You can create an USB drive on all mac.
    Edit file Info.plist and add your mac model into USBBootSupportedModels section.
    Launch bootcamp assitant again and option will appears.

  13. mark says

    Thanks for the guide! I have a problem though. Whenever I launch Boot Camp Assistant it only gives me two options:” Download the latest Windows support software from Apple” and “Install Windows 7″ – there’s no option to create a Windows install disk. Instead, there’s just a blank spot in the window where it’s supposed to be. I’ve got a flash drive with plenty of memory in, but without that first option I can’t turn it into a bootable drive. Any suggestions?

    Thanks for any help.

  14. murali says

    Hi Admin,

    Thanks for the brief explanation,
    I tried installing it on my latest MBP 15″.
    I’m happy until the Step 4, Windows setup started and I gave language, time and keyboard type. The next screen takes me to “Install” then its giving error saying some Media drivers missing, I scanned through the USB where I kept the downloaded drives from bootcamp and its not accepting any drives. where I’m doing wrong? Please Help me.

    Thanks in advance
    Murali

  15. dave says

    I was wanting to install this on my 2007 imac.. will it not work with the display drivers? / memory

  16. alex says

    Hey great guide. However, after following each step, when I came to copy the ISO to my flash drive, it says “an error as occured while copying the Windos installation files.” I’ve been trying like hell bootcamping my Mac into windows and so far not working! :(

  17. thommck says

    I tried doing this with lion.
    It wouldn’t let me downlhad the windows support files, sayingvthwy were unavailable.
    I created the partition anyway and my macbook restarted and booted into the win8 setup. however, it says that no disks can be found. i presume this is because it needs a specific macbook sata driver or something. do you know where i can get this from or is something else going wrong?
    Thanks

  18. Karthik says

    To install drivers,
    1. Select the BootCamp setup

    2. Right click and select TroubleShoot Compatibility. If not able to right click, select the ‘Application Tools’ from the ribbon bar and click ‘TroubleShoot Compatibility’

    3. Select Windows 7 and run. If it shows Windows XP, click next, select the first checkbox saying ‘This program worked in earlier version’, click next and select windows 7 option.

    The BootCamp will install all drivers like Sound, WiFi for you.

    Happy Programming Windows in Mac :)

  19. Kevin says

    Didn’t work for me. Using OSX Lion and downloaded the latest support software. Had to create a CD for the support software, and a DVD for the Windows 8 ISO… Windows 8 installed fine via bootcamp, however, it wouldn’t allow me to install any drivers or run the setup.exe from the support CD, so it was kinda silly to try the OS without any proper drivers….

  20. admin says

    @Karthik
    Make sure that you install all drivers (as mentioned in the last part of the guide) for a good experience.

  21. Matthew Allen says

    I followed all the above steps and it worked fine, I did have the issue of right click and wifi and what not working.

    I decided to install the drivers as per the last part, but after restarting it now displays the windows unlock screen for a second and then goes black. nothing I do after that will wake the screen. I think that maybe it was the mac display driver that has caused this. I have tried to locate the driver in the system 32 folder but cant. Looks like a fresh install for me.

  22. Karthik says

    Thanks for the writeup, I was just looking for this for almost an hour.
    Will give windows 8 a shot soon in my mac :)

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