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Running Windows 8.1 on Mavericks

APguy1

macrumors newbie
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Jun 8, 2014
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Hi there,

I have just purchased Windows 8.1 from the online store at Microsoft and i have got the download in my account so i can access it. However when i go to download it it doesn't work. My question is how do i download windows 8.1 to my 20GB USB stick so i can go into bootcamp and download it. I have also purchased the back up disks for it also. Is using the disks the only way to install windows on my mac or is there a way around it by just downloading it from the website.

Ill be upgrading my ram to 4GB soon also because i want to run a CAD program on the windows side.

Cheers,


Thanks for your help,

Olly.
 

Xcallibur

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Jul 24, 2011
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Manchester
Copy the ISO to your USB stick from the Windows store and open Boot Camp Assistant. You'll be able to install Windows 8.1 from the USB stick. I've got 8.1 running on my machine, runs quite well.
 

FreakinEurekan

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Sep 8, 2011
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Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Is using the disks the only way to install windows on my mac?

Possibly. What Mac do you have?

From http://support.apple.com/kb/ht5639 :

Can I use a downloaded (ISO) version of Windows with Boot Camp?
MacBook Air (Mid 2011 and later), MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 and later, including Retina models), Mac mini (Mid 2011 and later), and iMac (Late 2012) can install downloaded (ISO) versions of Windows 7 and 8.

To determine if your Mac supports this feature:

Click the Go menu and choose Utilities.
Open Boot Camp Assistant.
Click Continue. If you see a "Create a Windows 7 or later install disk" checkbox, your Mac supports the use of downloaded (ISO) install images. See the Boot Camp Installation & Setup Guide for more information.
 

APguy1

macrumors newbie
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Jun 8, 2014
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This is the page where the download file is for windows 8.1 I've blurred out my product No. BTW. Where it says download is where you get the download from obviously.

 

bobdamnit

macrumors regular
Mar 26, 2014
103
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Your Mac does not support using an ISO for BootCamp, which means you will have to burn the Windows 8.1 ISO to DVD and install it that way.

I ran into the same problem on my early 2011 MacBook Pro. :(
 

APguy1

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Jun 8, 2014
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Oh right, I have purchased the back up CDs for it which may turn up tomorrow :)

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I have also purchased parallel 9, could I use this ?
 

kuwxman

macrumors 6502a
Jul 25, 2009
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Olathe, KS
[/COLOR]I have also purchased parallel 9, could I use this ?
You can install Windows 8.1 as a Parallels virtual machine, yes. However, you will not be able to use Windows in Parallels and Boot Camp with the same serial number.

If you don't use Windows a lot, I'd wait and install it via Boot Camp. It runs better that way and you still have access to all your OS X documents/files.
 

bobdamnit

macrumors regular
Mar 26, 2014
103
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How do you download it into parallel withought the CDs then ?

When you install Parallels and click "New Virtual Machine", you'll see this:


Click "Install Windows or another OS from DVD or image file" and select the Windows 8.1 ISO file.
 

bobdamnit

macrumors regular
Mar 26, 2014
103
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You can install Windows 8.1 as a Parallels virtual machine, yes. However, you will not be able to use Windows in Parallels and Boot Camp with the same serial number.

This is very true. Keep this in mind, OP! You can't run both at the same time. Its either BootCamp or Parallels.

I'd use BootCamp, personally, because it runs so much better.
 

APguy1

macrumors newbie
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Jun 8, 2014
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But the thing is I don't know how to download it to begin with. I don't even have the ISO. When I clock on it and try to view the download it says this application is unavailable
 

bobdamnit

macrumors regular
Mar 26, 2014
103
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But the thing is I don't know how to download it to begin with. I don't even have the ISO. When I clock on it and try to view the download it says this application is unavailable

I don't know. I've never used the Microsoft Store to purchase Windows. I usually pick mine up from Best Buy or some other computer store.
 

APguy1

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Jun 8, 2014
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The reason I got it from the online store is because in a student and doing a degree so I got 78% off ;)
 

bobdamnit

macrumors regular
Mar 26, 2014
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The reason I got it from the online store is because in a student and doing a degree so I got 78% off ;)

I figured that, as the download was Pro Student.

I was merely commenting that I have no idea how the Microsoft Store works, as I've never used it. Sorry I can't be more help.
 

kuwxman

macrumors 6502a
Jul 25, 2009
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Olathe, KS
You should have received a confirmation email of your purchase and it had a download link in it too. Try going that route.
 

FreakinEurekan

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Sep 8, 2011
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Eureka Springs, Arkansas
It works with Boot Camp, but you just have to get around Apple's install handcuffs. But, yes, for normal everyday users Windows 8.1 isn't Boot Camp eligible.

We may be talking about two different things. Windows 8.1 is now fully supported under Boot Camp 5.1, assuming that the hardware is compatible. But in this case (Mid-2009 13" MacBook Pro) it's a hardware limitation per http://support.apple.com/kb/ht5634 - expand the section MacBook Pro and look for the Mid-2009; it only supports Boot Camp 4 and can't run Windows 8 (BC4 does not support Win8, and the BC5.1 drivers don't support this hardware).
 
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