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Creating Windows out of Apples

(This is not an instruction guide but my own experience)20140106_084608540_iOS

So I began my process of converting my humble 11 inch MacBook Air into a dual OS machine of purpose. All started with doing a bit of research, which Windows operating system to install, how to get it done and how much it would cost.

I decided on the latest Windows operating system 8.1, which can be bought online for $119 for Windows 8.1 and $199 for the Pro. This is a little excessive for just testing out a process and unsure if it will work. Thanks to CNET, I uncovered the possibility to Evaluate Windows 8.1 for 90 days, which will give me enough time to determine if I want to fork over the cash. So after a little bit of personal information I was able to download my operating system (3.8 GBs).

So now for the process, there are tons of people who have done this before me so I just followed the instructions (after a first failed attempt in which I just downloaded the Apple Software/Drivers for Windows) Back to my process and steps:

First, get a USB with a size greater than 5 Gb as it has to hold the Windows operating system and the Apple Driver information. Then using Apple Bootcamp (5.0.5033), I created the USB installation drive.(Have to create a USB drive as my Air does not have a disk drive.) Once the Bootcamp had created the USB, it did all work of partitioning the drive and restarting the machine for the installation. The installation took a bit of time but was all successful, mostly.

Second step, was only necessary because the current version of Bootcamp has a few limitations as it was designed for Windows 8 and not 8.1. This only became apparent when I was unable to connect to a WiFi network, which was caused by a lack of driver as the new Air uses 802.11 AC and this was not installed successfully in the BootCamp process. After some more research, lots of forums going in the wrong way and websites with little to no information but did provide direction to the correct answer. All I had to do was access the USB and go to the folder BootCampDriversBroadcom(64x file), double clicking and installing the driver worked successfully and the Windows 8.1 was online.

So all in all pretty easy and successfully process.

Things learnt:

  • If you want to right-click just use 2 finger click on MacBook Touchpad.
  • A lot of information is on the web, you have to go through a lot and put little pieces together to get the correct answer.

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Please let me know if you have any questions