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MacBook Pro - Boot Camp - Windows 8


  9/16/2012 6:37:28 PM

MacBook Pro - Boot Camp - Windows 8


MacBook Pro - Boot Camp - Windows 8

For anyone who's curious I have Windows 8 Pro running quite well on my 2010 MacBook Pro!

When Windows 8 hit my MSDN kit I decided to bite the bullet and install it on my MacBook Pro. I made a brand new backup of all my info from my Windows 7 partition and then used Boot Camp to reclaim the Windows 7 partition. Then I used Boot Camp to recreate the partition and popped in the Windows 8 DVD I'd created via the .iso I downloaded from my MSDN kit.

The real question was whether or not the Boot Camp drivers would be compatible with Windows 8. They are! I only ran into one problem: Windows 8 has a new feature called dynamic tick. I don't know too much about it other than that it somehow saves battery life. I didn't have any problems until I installed SQL 2012. SQL 2012's processes and Windows 8's dynamic tick feature don't play nicely together on my MacBook Pro.

Luckily I found instructions on the internet to disable dynamic tick:

1. Admin Command Prompt
2. bcdedit /set disabledynamictick yes

That took care of the problem for me. I've reported the problem to the SQL Server team and when a fix comes out I'll re-enable dynamic ticks (same command ending in "no") and see if my battery life gets even better (it's the same as under Windows 7 right now).

So, my MacBook Pro's Boot Camp Partition is now running: Windows 8 Office 2010 SQL 2012 Visual Studio 2012 (And many other miscellaneous programs. So far I haven't had any programs that ran on Windows 7 not run on Windows 8.)

Another nice thing to note: While it did take me a while to get used to the new interface in Windows 8, it's not bad at all. I've gotten used to it very quickly (about 4 or 5 days) and I have no regrets at all. Also, it's VERY fast. It blows Windows 7 out of the water for speed. I highly recommend taking the plunge.

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