Will a Win8.1 install USB created on a MBA work on 5K iMac?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by andy9l, Dec 24, 2014.

  1. andy9l macrumors 68000

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    I've just used a MacBook Air to create a Windows 8.1 install USB. Worked great.

    It just crossed my mind that the drivers from Apple are probably device specific - ie. specific to the MBA - and I might need to rebuild the installer from the 5K iMac I intend to use it on. Not a problem if so, I was trying to make efficiencies for tomorrow.

    Will a Windows 8.1 USB installer built via BootCamp Assistant on a MacBook Air work on a 5K iMac?

    Happy Christmas all.
     
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    If the MacBook Air is of the Haswell variant, the drivers should be the same, with the 5640 drivers.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    He could always download the apple drivers after the fact. I don't think it matters on what machine the thumb drive is created from the windows ISO file. Windows will boot up using a generic drivers until it can install its own specific which it will have included in the ISO.
     

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