How to Install Windows 8 on a Mac Book Pro?

I have been using Mac Book Pro with Windows 7 on Boot Camp for a while now. Next week I am going to TechEd 2012, Gold Coast so it nearly time that I get Windows 8 ready for my Mac Book Pro. Following are my experience of installing Windows 8 on Mac Book Pro.


  1. Windows 8 DVD with product key. I downloaded Windows 8 Enterprise x64  iso from MSDN. If you do not have MSDN subscription, than download the free trial Write down the product key to activate later.
  2. Mac book pro with Lion operating system.
  3. You would also need some special screw drivers to open up the mac if you are adding a new SSD to your Mac Book Pro. (Optional)

How to

  1. I decided to replace the existing hard disk with a solid state hard disk (OCZ 2.5″). It cost me $185.  Then I installed Mac Snow Leopard OS from DVD, because I didn’t have a copy of Mac Lion OS. Then I upgraded to Mac Lion OS. This time I kept a copy of Mac Lion OS. Skip this step if you are not replacing hard disk of your Mac Book Pro.
  2.  Burn Windows 8 iso to DVD using Mac Disk Utility with lowest speed. If you do not burn the DVD using Disk Utility, then you will get an error in next step while installing.

    Mac Disk Utility

    Mac Disk Utility

  3. Insert the windows 8 DVD into you Mac Book Pro. Open Mac Boot Camp Assistance and follow the prompt. Create partition for Windows and hit install button. You can also download the Boot Camp Support for Windows from the Boot Camp Assistant start screen and store it some where to install it later on Windows 8.

    Mac Boot Camp Assistance

    Mac Boot Camp Assistance

  4. Select custom option.
  5. Format the selected drive to NTFS for Windows 8.
  6. The installation will take about 30 minutes and during this time the Mac book pro will boot up several times. Hold the ‘option’ button and select Windows to boot to Windows
  7. If you are first time Windows 8 user I recommend you to watch this videos.
  8. Now that you are bit familier with Windows 8 open command prompt with as administrator and run the following command with the correct product key to activate windows,
    slmgr.vbs -12345-12345-12345-12345-1234
    slmgr.vbs -ato

    Go Windows Activation and you should see the screen below,

    Windows 8 Activation Screen

    Windows 8 Activation Screen

  9. Install Boot Camp Support package on Windows 8 which you saved somewhere in step 3. This will install all the necessary drivers for Mac Book Pro hardware. Open Boot Camp Control Panel from the Windows 8 system tray and select the following to user the track pad properly.

    Windows 8 Boot Camp Control Panel

    Windows 8 Boot Camp Control Panel

  10. Good luck.


  1. Windows 8 freeze up and I have to press the power button for few second to do a hard reboot . I have done the following to resolve it.
    •  Open CMD from (Bootcamp (C)/Windows/System32/CMD)
    • Run CMD as administration
    • Type bcdedit /set disabledynamictick yes in CMD, and
    • Restart your MAC
    • Also enabling Hyer-V made it stable and strongly recommended.
      Windows 8 install HyperV
  2. Right click on Mac Book Pro trackpad is not working. I a using a wireless mouse for right click. To resolve it follow step 9.


Diganta Kumar is an experienced Technical Program Manager with a passion for technology. He has architected and developed software for over a decade for a broad range of industries. Diganta is a founder of two online IT businesses. He likes to help, mentor, and manage software development teams to improve and produce great software. He currently works as a Principal Program Manager for Microsoft. Before joining Microsoft, he was with AWS for five years, where he managed large cross-functional programs on a global scale.

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2 comments on “How to Install Windows 8 on a Mac Book Pro?
  1. jaken says:

    Nice post I’ve only ever installed on a pc but this looks interesting on a mac I might have to try it out

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