Possible to remove the OSX partition and boot Win8 natively?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by awj, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. awj macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2012
    A little bit of background first (before anyone flies off the handle at me): I've used Macs for quite a few years now; I currently have an iMac which I regularly use at home, and I also have a late-2012 MacBook Pro which I use for work. My job is as a .NET developer so I spend virtually all the time when I'm using my MacBook running Windows and almost never boot into the OSX partition.

    I do still use my iMac on which Windows is not installed, but on my MacBook I almost exclusively use Windows.

    So with that intro out of the way, here's my question for you guys.

    I run Win8 on my latest-gen MacBook Pro via Boot Camp. Thing is, it takes 12 seconds to get through the EFI stage, and then about 3 seconds to boot Windows. As I explained above, I almost never boot into OSX on my MacBook, so I'm wondering if there's a way in which I can completely uninstall OSX and run Win8 natively.

    I had thought that I would need to keep Boot Camp in order to take care of driver updates, but with the recent Boot Camp update (the March 14th update) I noticed that the drivers folder could be easily copied from another Mac system (my iMac, for example) as these are simply the Windows driver installation files and there doesn't seem to be anything more complex going on.

    So could someone tell me if it's possible to remove the OSX partition and boot Win8 natively, and if so, how?

    Furthermore, I mentioned above that when EFI boots into Windows it takes about 12 seconds to get past the initial white screen. Would booting into Windows natively shorten this time?
  2. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    No, but make your Windows partition use all available space and tell the bootcamp control panel to boot windows.

    Also try a PRAM reset to see if that speeds up boot time.

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