How to install Windows 8 on a Mac

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by andephark, Jan 14, 2015.

  1. andephark macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2015
    I have a Macbook Pro, running OS X Yosemite (10.10.1), and it's been an awesome product the entire time I've had it. However, due to work requiring me to use a software that is only available/runs on Windows I was considering installing Windows 8 on my Macbook.

    I don't have an installation disk, but I was wondering if it is at all possible to install it if I create a recovery disk from my friends Toshiba? I'm new to this techy side of my Mac so forgive me if this is a ridiculous question.

    Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    No, you can't use the installation from your friend's Toshiba. You would need to buy your own copy of Windows to install on your Mac.

    To run Windows apps on your Mac, you need to install Windows via Boot Camp or use Parallels or VMware Fusion.

    If you don't have a Windows license, you can use CrossOver to run some applications. Not all Windows apps are compatible with CrossOver. Check their site for compatible apps.

    For more information about running Windows on your Mac, check out the Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac forum.
  3. nanogirl21 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2011
    Midwest United States
    I am interested in doing the same thing. I only need to use an add-on in Microsoft Excel that is not compatible with Mac (ASAP Utilities). Just making sure I understood what you are saying. If I can’t get a windows copy I can use cross over and run the add on?
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Yes, if it's compatible. See the links for compatible apps.

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