Installation error with Windows 8.1 and Mavericks' Bootcamp (iMac late 2012)

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  1. Mac32 macrumors 65816

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    Hi,

    I'm trying to install Windows 8.1 via Bootcamp on my newly Mavericks-upgraded late 2012 iMac. I get to Windows 8.1 installation setup, and after choosing the right partition I get "Can't install to partition etc...".

    Anyone knows how to fix this? I made a bootable USB (Corsair 32gb USB3 stick) with Bootcamp, but doesn't work. I also used "Format" for the Bootcamp partition in the Windows 8.1 setup.

    Any advice would be great, otherwise I'm enjoying Mavericks. :) OSX has become a very mature and stable OS, and most of the bad ideas from Lion have been removed.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Mac32 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    OK, I managed to install Windows 8.1. First I booted the EFI partition on the bootcamp USB memory stick, and formatted my Windows 8.1 partition again. Then I booted into the regular windows partition on the USB bootcamp memory stick, and installed Windows from there.

    However, when I got into Windows, none of the Bootcamp drivers were installed. No bootcamp app is there either. What did I do wrong? Any other way to install the bootcamp drivers for my iMac late 2012 hardware?

    First impression of Windows 8 btw., yuk! What a terribly contrived interface. Hopefully I can turn off/hide the tiles menu stuff.

    Any good advice? Thanks!
     
  3. Quackers macrumors 6502a

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    Open the drive where you installed the Bootcamp drivers and navigate to the Bootcamp folder and click on setup.exe (in Windows). There may also be a separate driver for your graphics/sound in the winpedrivers folder, depending on your Mac's set up.
     
  4. Mac32, Oct 25, 2013
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    Mac32 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks! :) I've found Windows 8.1 to be rather buggy. Random program crashes, memory read errors, USB errors etc... Makes me wonder if I should have stuck with Windows 7. :(
     
  5. cariocap macrumors member

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    Your nick is suspicious.
    Don't waste our time criticizing windows here.
    Grow up.
     
  6. Mac32, Oct 30, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2013

    Mac32 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    WTF? Are you serious?
    Btw. I found most of my issues was related to the sleep function, which crashes the computer. I still can't use USB3 devices, they are not recognised by Windows 8.1. I can use them through a USB2 hub though, but obviously I only get USB2 speed.
    Overall, after my initial scepticism I find Windows 8.1 to be a very nice operating system. The metro page does seem a bit tacked on, and doesn't really make a lot of sense unless you use a touch-based computer/tablet.
     
  7. VeganHipster macrumors regular

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    Even though one of the top threads in this particular forum is "Microsoft DESERVES TO DIE!" :p.
     

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