Why no bootcamp support for 2008 Unibody Macbook on Windows 8

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by waloshin, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. waloshin macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
  2. stiligFox macrumors 65816


    Apr 24, 2009
    While I'm sure it can run, it's likely that Apple doesn't want to write drivers for that machine for 8. Not entirely sure why. It's most likely they feel your machine is not powerful enough to provide a satisfactory experience running Windows 8.

    Now, that said, once you've downloaded the Win 7 drivers, there's nothing stopping you from putting in the Win 8 disk and installing it instead. I've done that with my MacBook Air 2011. It also doesn't support Win 8, but it works just fine with the Windows 7 driver package. Just know that if something goes wrong, Apple won't be able to help you.
  3. HIMAN1998 macrumors 6502


    Jan 24, 2013
    Richmond, VA
    I was thinking the same thing also. Anyone done this before?
  4. BrettApple macrumors 65816


    Apr 3, 2010
    Heart of the midwest
    Pretty much because they just don't want to is my guess. There isn't any hardware related reason for it, because it does run it just fine; I did it a while back just to see.

    See post from another thread Windows 8 MacBook
    I took a picture of it on Instagram when I had it up and running.

    The drivers were the fun part, most of the Win 7 ones from Apple will work, but I did use specific Win 8 drivers for some however, and had to manually install a few. Nothing too major.
  5. MeUnix macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2013
    San Francisco
    I've dual-booted Windows 8 on my MacBook (same make as yours) and it worked just fine with the Win7 drivers I had installed from when I used Win7 for a game (SimCity to be exact, before it was cross-platformed to OS X).

    I only dual-booted Win8 simply to see for myself what Win8 was all about. I no longer have a dual-boot system set up on my MacBook, although I am thinking about dual-booting Ubuntu 12.04.
  6. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Not officially supported, but you can download drivers directly from manufacturer's website (nVidia, etc)

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