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

    Aug 31, 2009
    England, UK
    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

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    If the MacBook Air is of the Haswell variant, the drivers should be the same, with the 5640 drivers.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    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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