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Using Windows 8 on a Retina MacBook Pro

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CNET Australia's chief MacGyver has been lurking around the office this past week with a Retina MacBook Pro. Which is all fine and dandy, but it was too standard. It needed to be different; the device was asking to be made unique.

In the spirit of discovery and sadism, it was decided that a new cocktail had to be created: one part Windows 8, matched with one part Retina MacBook Pro.

And, so, it was made.

This particular MacBook Pro had already had a Boot Camp partition and Windows 7 installation created previously, so the need to jump through these hoops was abated.The Windows 8 set-up program was executed from within Windows 7, and by all reports, went without a hitch. So much so that MacGyver missed the swiping tutorial that occurs at the end of Windows 8's installation.

"Who looks at the screen when installing nowadays?" MacGyver was heard to mutter when informed of the tutorial's existence.

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18 comments
Dr_Zinj
Dr_Zinj

I neither need nor want Windows 8. 7 works just fine and 8 has absolutely zero features or functions that I need for either home or work.

tim.collier
tim.collier

Yesterday, I saw an article where Windows 8 was being touted as "superior to the iOS and the iPad". That's interesting. I guess it's now common practice to compare apples and oranges. I believe that Apple would agree with me when I say that the iOS used on an iPad is a stripped down hybrid of the Apple OS, of course a full Windows OS will be superior to it. I don't have experience with Windows 8, so I cannot critique it, but I do have experience with Windows 7. If you compare it to Mountain Lion, it falls far short, it even falls far short of Lion.

mpeters
mpeters

Far from wasting space and being in an industry that uses Macs and PCs in combination, this is actually useful information. We were having a discussion last week on if Windows 8 would run on a Mac and would it have to be the latest version.of OSX. However it would have been nice if the testing had gone a bit further with benchmarks etc.

evansdg1
evansdg1

If someone wants to run Windows RT why would they go out and buy the most overpriced, over-hyped hardware to run it on ?

ricoshay
ricoshay

At the custom auto shop: 'Could you please put this VW engine into my Gallardo'

333239
333239

How is this a "Cool hack" as your email describes it, when all you did was upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8 on a Macbook? What a non-story.

michael.speyer
michael.speyer

With Windows 8 running on Apple hardware, you've gotta ask yourself; Will it still blend?

robo_dev
robo_dev

Diesel is, in theory, just the same as gasoline, but the details are what matter. My opinion is that the better way to fiddle with alternate OS options in Mac OS is to use VMWare Fusion with BootCamp Over the years, it seems there are thousands of cries for help in forums like this that start with "I've got two partitions and the PC won't boot.....".

sarai1313
sarai1313

to this Experiment. To bash windows 8 yet again in post. i am sorry you can run almost anything on anything these days. Hell I am ruining windows 8 on a Raspberry pi works fine. So please was it to have fun cool. if not I give up. go Australia nice to see your patent finally win out in court of underlying tech in all wifi.

T-Wrench
T-Wrench

With you Dr_Zinj. Well said. I just recently purchased a new Vaio, with Win7, and can upgrade to Win8, for less than $20 (US), but have no interest to do so.... Thanks... TW

scairns
scairns

Because you can. Because you have the HW and SW available and you want to see if it works. Because the MBP has a really nice, large trackpad which is one of the things RT and Win 8 are going to need. It's not a fanboy thing. It's just a matter of being practical. You might not go out and buy a MBP just for this purpose, but if you have the equipment available . . . .

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 moderator

But I need the money first before we start on any Custom Machining for the conversion. Though I have to ask wouldn't you want something that makes it go better? Col

michael.speyer
michael.speyer

It's a shame, but there are so many articles being pumped out of TR which seem to just serve to increase the size of the site, their SEO ranking and the ego's of the authors who seem to mostly employ fantastical plagiarism skills. Give it another month or so of junk articles like this and I'll be closing my account.

danbi
danbi

So, you have in your possession that magical WOA, aka Windows RT, because, you know (hopefully) the Raspberry Pi does not have an Intel architecture CPU. Share this fairy tale with us, please.

sarai1313
sarai1313

No I am ruining enterprise final version on a virtual machine within Linux. Can I ask who the hell you are and no I dont have a magic wand. Only apple uses magic and unicorns.Citrix XenDesktop

sarai1313
sarai1313

Citrix XenDesktop witch is a vritual desktop and Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation sorry. late night .to much of a life sorry for the mistake.you know cooking ,cleaning,and takeing care of the sick and diying get only a few hours a day to play on computer .the rest of the time .oh thats right i sleep.sorry for the confusion.please dont beat me up it has been done befor .so dont and once again sorry for my mistake.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

That's a pretty good trick; it isn't scheduled for release until late October. If you're running on a virtual machine, then you're not running on a Raspberry, are you?