Installing Windows 8 on Mac Book Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by rosestorm, Jan 5, 2014.

  1. rosestorm macrumors newbie

    Jan 5, 2014
    Hello Everyone,

    I just bought the downloadable version of Windows 8.1 to install on my MacBook Pro to be able to play some games. I have been looking at instructions on how to install Windows 8.1 on a mac. All of them tell me that I either need the windows installation cd or Windows 8.1 on a usb. Since I bought the downloadable version, my question is can I use an external hard drive in lieu of a usb to install windows?
  2. simon48 macrumors 65816


    Sep 1, 2010
    If it's a USB drive, yes. Just open Bootcamp Assistant and follow along with it.
  3. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    You'll need a USB Flash drive and make it a bootable installer from the Windows ISO.

    You can try doing it from Mac using Terminal and these instructions.

    If you have access to a Windows computer you can more easily use the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool to make a bootable flash drive for installing 8.1. Even though the tool says Windows 7 I have used it for both 8 and 8.1.
  4. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    Bootcamp Assistant makes bootable installers with necessary Mac drivers super easily.
  5. RITZFit macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2007
    In my Corner
    I had issues w/ using the online windows store to get 8.1 as I could only get a link to a .exe file. After loosing an hour of my evening to microsoft support, I was told they don't digitally distribute the 8.1 iso (even though I was able to get a win7 iso from them for a later, unrelated case :confused: ).

    I ended up having my online order refunded and picked up a physical disc at the store the next day.

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