Installing Windows on retina MBP

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by playsontheleft, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. playsontheleft macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2012
    #1 hit me today that, while I want to install Windows in a partition on the rMBP I'm getting, I'm not actually certain of how to. Until now I've always used the optical drive along with an install CD but that won't work now, obviously. So what's the best way to install Windows and any subsequent software and drivers needed for it to run properly (with regards to these, how do I get them?) on a rMBP? Dumb question I know, but I'm can't think of a better way to find out than on here.

  2. Soccer5se macrumors member


    Oct 21, 2011
    South Korea
    It's a lot easier than you think. I used VMware Fusion 4.1 to install windows on an external HDD. I have a rMBP base model so I wanted to save the space. It took less than an hour and now windows runs very smoothly. I have to plug in the drive to get it to work but that's no big deal for me.

    If you use VMware Fusion, all you have to do is direct the install to your external HDD.

  3. tillsbury macrumors 65816

    Dec 24, 2007
    You'll sort of need a superdrive or equivalent external CD. I believe it's possible without but a complete pain in the neck. You'd have to burn an ISO of the Windows installation disk to a USB drive (or SD card?)
  4. KdParker macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010
    Not a pain in the neck with ISO image.

    get an ISO image for Windows on flash drive (8g or higher), either from your installation disk or get the windows 8 preview ISO online (this is what I did for my rMBP).

    Once you have the ISO image, just follow instructions in bootcamp.

    check create windows install disk
    check download apple drivers for windows...Will need these once windows is installed.

    when this completes

    click install windows..

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