This week I decided to install Windows 8 on the MacBook Pro I’ve been using. The Apple-ites will exclaim, “Why would you want to do that”, and the uninformed will ask, “Why would you want to install Windows 8”. The answer, dear readers, is simple. Windows 8 is a solidly built OS. It boots, mounts and dismounts drives and searches faster than Windows 7. Sure, there’s the annoyance of the lack of a Start Menu, but we’ll be fixing that. Not to mention, The 8.1 update is supposed to bring it back for free at some undisclosed time.
Take note, I will be installing Windows 8 on an older MacBook Pro. All the major points will be applicable to the newer, but I will still provide notes for anyone using as dated a machine as I am. If you really want to upgrade you MacBook, you might also be interested in our review of the gold plated Macbook Air.
Alright, here we go! We’ve finally gotten to the Windows 8 startup screen. You can be sure you’re there by recognizing the Space Needle standing tall before Mt. Rainier with the time, date WiFi and battery icons displayed.
While the early release of Windows 8 had only one way of bypassing the new welcome screen, by dragging the screen upwards with either your mouse or your finger, the final release provides several ways to get passed it.
Now that Windows 8 is ready, you are taken to Windows 8’s Metro interface screen. Yay!
Seriously, don’t worry, we’ll be getting rid of that.
While Windows 8 is now installed on your system, it’s not completely done. Microsoft has several updates available for download and install, and we all know that those updates are quite important. It says so in the textbox as you’ll see soon.
That’s it! You’re technically done. You now have a complete dual booting Macbook.
Start installing your software. I suggest you check out Stardock’s Start 8. It’s five bucks and will make your Windows experience more manageable if you’re used to previous Windows systems. If you’re having any trouble, mention it in the comments and I’ll try to assist if I can.
Intro image courtesy of Anandtech