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I currently own a MacBook Air (Late 2010, 1.6GHz, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD). But i felt really in love with Windows 8. compared to that I get the impression that Mac OS X is standing still. I am a long time Mac user (since the mid 90s), but I think the direction Apple is taking in Software is wrong and does not fit with the beautiful hardware. Does anyone else thinks the same? any experiences Running Windows 8 on a MacBook Air? Drawbacks? Is it bad for SSD when Boot Camp does not support TRIM? or is it better to sell the MBA and get a real Windows machine with touchscreen?

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I'm in the same situation. I want to put Windows 8 on my Macbook Pro 2011 but I'm not too sure of Apple's driver support. Running Windows 7 on it right now and performance is much slower than it should be considering the hardware inside. Thinking of getting something else just to be done with it.

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So what's Apple doing with OS X that you don't like? I mean, Windows 8 has the App Store and everything, and Apple hasn't taken anything away from desktops, and I doubt that they will. They realize tha people need a powerful OS on these devices. Of course, there's nothing wrong with using Windows 8 on Bootcamp either, I'm just wondering what it is you don't like with OS X.

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I converted to the Windows world earlier this year after 27 years of Mac's. It really was a good move for me, and at this point I really no longer have a need or desire to own another Mac. Good luck if you make the switch.
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a windows 8 laptop with touchscreen, you really are dillusional. Only a crazy people would want to touch a screen to use windows. It would take forever to do anything and you would get repetative strain injury. If you love win8 so much just sell your macbook and get a windows 8 laptop without a touchscreen or Wait for an arm ultrathin notebook with windows 8 if you must have a device as thin as your macbook air.

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You can wipe completely OSX and install Windows 8 native.
Don't use Bootcamp. One thing for sure, your graphics card will see a huge improvement.
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[quote name='manosdoc' timestamp='1351350531' post='595276793']
You can wipe completely OSX and install Windows 8 native.
Don't use Bootcamp. One thing for sure, your graphics card will see a huge improvement.
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How do you do that? If I took a new SSD and put it in my Macbook, what's the next step? Or do you have a link to some instructions?

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[quote name='torrentthief' timestamp='1351350445' post='595276789']
a windows 8 laptop with touchscreen, you really are dillusional. Only a crazy people would want to touch a screen to use windows. It would take forever to do anything and you would get repetative strain injury. If you love win8 so much just sell your macbook and get a windows 8 laptop without a touchscreen or Wait for an arm ultrathin notebook with windows 8 if you must have a device as thin as your macbook air.
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This is the first time I've seen someone day that 8 is better without a touchscreen. To the OP I would sell your MBA when Surface Pro comes out. You'll get the full Windows 8 on a Machine smaller and lighter than the MBA.

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get a real windows 8 machine designed for the os. everything from drivers,to hardware is designed to use it properly.

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[quote name='Enron' timestamp='1351350788' post='595276801']
How do you do that? If I took a new SSD and put it in my Macbook, what's the next step? Or do you have a link to some instructions?
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Burn the windows 8 iso to a DVD drive, or create a USB bootable version of the x64 architecture. Insert it, reboot, hold the command key and wait for the Piano tone. Choose Windows option and follow as usual.

(Optional)
When Windows Boot to Setup at the first screen before proceeding hit SHIFT+F10 and call on command promt the "diskpart"
then
list disk
sel disk 0 (or whatever number given)
clean
exit
and proceed to install.

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[quote name='vcfan' timestamp='1351351568' post='595276817']
get a real windows 8 machine designed for the os. everything from drivers,to hardware is designed to use it properly.
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Anything that runs Windows 7 supports it also, since the drivers are basically the same. Yes there are some changes, but don't try to mislead anyone into thinking a Windows 7 system won't fully support it because it will.
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Windows 8 will automatically install most drivers. If anything missing windows 7 drivers are compatible too.

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[quote name='manosdoc' timestamp='1351351653' post='595276825']
Burn the windows 8 iso to a DVD drive, or create a USB bootable version of the x64 architecture. Insert it, reboot, hold the command key and wait for the Piano tone. Choose Windows option and follow as usual.

(Optional)
When Windows Boot to Setup at the first screen before proceeding hit SHIFT+F10 and call on command promt the "diskpart"
then
list disk
sel disk 0 (or whatever number given)
clean
exit
and proceed to install.
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Ok, I have an actual retail copy of the Windows 8 Pro. That's the same as if I burned my own copy, right?

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[quote name='Enron' timestamp='1351352156' post='595276841']
Ok, I have an actual retail copy of the Windows 8 Pro. That's the same as if I burned my own copy, right?
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Of course. As long as it's the x64 (EFI reasons) version go ahead.

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[quote name='manosdoc' timestamp='1351350531' post='595276793']
You can wipe completely OSX and install Windows 8 native.
Don't use Bootcamp. One thing for sure, your graphics card will see a huge improvement.
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Um...what? When you use Bootcamp, you are running windows natively. Bootcamp is not a virtual machine. I can max any game I want to even in Bootcamp. If you have the Mac Pro like I do, you do not need to even install the bootcamp drivers since I have all Windows and Mac compatible accessories.
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[quote name='xWhiplash' timestamp='1351352597' post='595276861']
Um...what? When you use Bootcamp, you are running windows natively. Bootcamp is not a virtual machine. I can max any game I want to even in Bootcamp. If you have the Mac Pro like I do, you do not need to even install the bootcamp drivers since I have all Windows and Mac compatible accessories.
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Bootcamp is not virtual machine, yet OSX still exists, that is the reason I said natively, without OSX involved.

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Did anybody do this? Installed Windows 8 without boot camp? I read about some driver issues with the trackpad and the soundcard when using Windows 8 with boot camp.

What I don't like about Mac OS? I think Windows 8 is a more modern approach. Campuses to that Mac OS X looked dated. So it's not about me thinking that Mac OS is a bad OS but thinking that Microsoft is more innovative.

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[quote name='cnl1980' timestamp='1351359839' post='595277125']
Did anybody do this? Installed Windows 8 without boot camp? I read about some driver issues with the trackpad and the soundcard when using Windows 8 with boot camp.

What I don't like about Mac OS? I think Windows 8 is a more modern approach. Campuses to that Mac OS X looked dated. So it's not about me thinking that Mac OS is a bad OS but thinking that Microsoft is more innovative.
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I'm about to try it. I am backing up my files right now and I'll report on my success (or failure) later.
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[quote name='manosdoc' timestamp='1351350531' post='595276793']
You can wipe completely OSX and install Windows 8 native.
Don't use Bootcamp. One thing for sure, your graphics card will see a huge improvement.
[quote name='xWhiplash' timestamp='1351352597' post='595276861']
Um...what? When you use Bootcamp, you are running windows natively. Bootcamp is not a virtual machine. I can max any game I want to even in Bootcamp. If you have the Mac Pro like I do, you do not need to even install the bootcamp drivers since I have all Windows and Mac compatible accessories.
[quote name='manosdoc' timestamp='1351353391' post='595276885']
Bootcamp is not virtual machine, yet OSX still exists, that is the reason I said natively, without OSX involved.
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Boot Camp is nothing more than an assistant which helps partition your hard drive with an MBR partition table and sets up your Mac to have BIOS emulation so Windows (7) can install. Windows is still running natively when you use bootcamp, so your assertion that graphical performance will suffer is wrong.

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[quote name='cnl1980' timestamp='1351359839' post='595277125']
Did anybody do this? Installed Windows 8 without boot camp? I read about some driver issues with the trackpad and the soundcard when using Windows 8 with boot camp.
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I had a lot of problems with Windows 8 in EFI mode on my Macbook Air 2012, mainly that it is completely unusable. There is apparently a bug in the Intel drivers which crashes in EFI mode leaving you with a black screen. I haven't looked to see if anyone posted a fix recently, but I'm just going to wait until Apple updates their bootcamp drivers.

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I am looking forward to any experiences anyone makes with Windows 8 on a MacBook air. Did anyone make the jump to a "real" Windows 8 device yet?

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BOOTCAMP is bad news bears on an ultraportable. The thing you really notice is that the power subsystem drivers are not good and your battery life takes a big hit. So in the laptop world, I'd let go of the MacBook and get a nice ultraportable from Lenovo or HP. The Thinkpad X1 Carbon has my attention right now - I"m just hoping for some kind of coupon deal on Black Friday. If you're all in on Windows 8 you might look for a model with a touchscreen.

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[quote name='manosdoc' timestamp='1351353391' post='595276885']
Bootcamp is not virtual machine, yet OSX still exists, that is the reason I said natively, without OSX involved.
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OS X exists on a totally seperate partition. If you're running Windows in Bootcamp, you're running Windows, period. OS X is not running alongside it, and nothing is slowing it down.

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[quote name='THolman' timestamp='1351380664' post='595277887']
OS X exists on a totally seperate partition. If you're running Windows in Bootcamp, you're running Windows, period. OS X is not running alongside it, and nothing is slowing it down.
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The word Bootcamp is not being used correctly around here. MacOSX you find the bootcamp assistant, all this is is a partitioning tool, nothing more. The real use of Bootcamp is for the drivers required for Windows, in particular the Apple manufactured parts such as the touchpad. Bootcamp drivers are awful, really awful and Apple has them so poorly written that they hinder performance and in particular, battery life (thats why you will see all these "side by side"s tests on youtube claiming Macs have greater battery life when really its the bootcamp drivers and services chewing it up). My advice, sell the MBA and go for a straight out Windows 8 optimized PC, if you like touch or think you may use it then go for it!! If you're still keen on using an Apple product or for some very obscure reason OSX is a requirement for you then I will give you some pointers on what to do as I have done it all.

Tips:[list]
[*]Never ever single boot Windows, at start-up EFI will search for an OSX volume and only after it has scanned the whole disk will it decide to search for another suitable OS, in your case, Windows 8. This can be a real annoyance as it adds a good 20-30 seconds to boot and restart.
[*]Don't try and multi-boot. I have had OSX, Linux and Windows all at once and you are bound to run into problems at one stage with the disks or an OS corrupting/not being able to start
[*]You can't run two versions of Windows, so don't try and run Win8 win Win7
[*]If you rarely use MacOSX or just want their "in case" you need it, remove all the language files, uninstall any unnecessary (to you that is) crap like iLife etc. to make room for your new Windows partition :D
[*]Select your default start up OS from OSX (or bootcamp control panel... if you have it installed :p) or if you frequently change OSes and don't want to have to keep holding in option key at boot then consider setting up rEFIt: [url="http://refit.sourceforge.net/"]http://refit.sourceforge.net/[/url] it will give you a nice interface at start-up for OS selection
[*]Don't expect things to work like they do on a normal PC, your working at a second rate standard and as I said before it is absolutely no replacement for a real PC :p
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How to do it:[list]
[*]Remove any unnecessary crap from your hard drive or back it up for transfer to Windows later (better to have it on NTFS than HFS)
[*]Run bootcamp assistant and partition your hard drive to your desired size allocations
[*]If you're installing Windows 8 you're going to need the Bootcamp 4.0 drivers, in the assistant it will have an option to download them, last I checked, those servers were dead and it was pretty much impossible to download them, so PM me if you need a copy :p
[*]Restart your Mac, when the power comes back on hold the option/alt key at the chime screen (goes gray) and wait for the boot selector to come up
[*]Insert you're Windows 8 OEM copy (if you have an upgrade version then you have to install windows 7 first then override it)
[*]Select the Disc icon which should say Windows under it
[*]Run through the setup till you hit the hard drive selector screen
[*]Bootcamp assistant, being the novice software that it is, doesn't partion the hard drive as NTFS so go ahead and click advanced then format it
[*]Install to that partition and continue on through the setup until everything is done and your at the start screen
[*]As you will see Windows 8 has actually got drivers that are working for most of the OS ie screen, keyboard and likely mouse/trackpad
[*]NOW, this is where the fun begins :p, you have 2 options:
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Option 1[list=1]
[*]Install bootcamp drivers and services from the disc or USB by running setup (to eject the disk you can do it via file explorer or you can hold down 2 fingers at the chime or if you have a mouse then the secondary click)
[*]Restart your computer (hold option to now select the Windows 8 Drive) and then set your bootcamp control panel settings from the system control panel or tray icon such as tap to click etc.
[*]You will now be able to use the touchpad features like 2 finger horizontal scrolling and also altering brightness and volume (mind you the overlay won't come up nor will the now playing for the music app)
[*]HOWEVER you will not be operating at real speeds or have great battery life
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Option 2[list=1]
[*]Once Windows 8 is up and running go ahead and install the latest graphics and sound drivers (the stock Windows 8 ones are pretty good but if your attempting to game... :p then get the latest proper ones)
[*]If you have a trackpad and you want some awesome extra Windows 8 features go ahead and install touchpad ++ [url="http://trackpad.powerplan7.com/"]http://trackpad.powerplan7.com/[/url] which gives you some seriously cool and powerful options unlike the stock and bootcamp ones, if your getting an error than you may need to install the bootcamp one first which is located in the bootcamp install folder/drivers/apple/AppleMultiTouchTrackPadInstaller.exe (64 bit is in the 64 folder)
[*]Change your Keyboard setting to English US (apple) and then everything should be mapped correctly ;)
[*]If you need brightness and volume control there are free programs on the web that can use them as hot keys to mimic that functionality just do a quick Bing search :p :p :p
[*]Enjoy closer to native speeds!!
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Pros and Cons for bootcamp
Pros:[list]
[*]No extra work involves, should just work
[*]Easy control panel options
[*]Difficulty = Easy/Medium (depends if you encounter any problems)
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Cons:[list]
[*]limited in what you can do (especially the trackpad)
[*][b]TAXING ON PERFORMANCE AND BATTERY LIFE[/b]
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Native drivers pros and cons:
Pros:[list]
[*]Significant increase in battery life and performance
[*]Greater flexibility and options (write your own drivers like me :p)
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Cons:[list]
[*]If your not good with trouble shooting and working with low level system features it could be a painful experience
[*]You will miss out on some functionality and won't have one control panel to change everything
[*]No simple update system
[*][b]DIFFICULTY = HARD/EXPERT[/b]
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[b]The third option:[/b]

What I have going is a mixture of bootcamp drivers, native drivers, third party drivers and my own drivers/programs to make Windows 8 on a Mac an enjoyable experience. So feel free if your not going to install the whole bootcamp collection to pick and choose what you need/want and fill the gaps with other more stable drivers, the majority of important ones you won't find alternatives to (except of course touchpad with touch ++) are located in the /Drivers/Apple folder in the Bootcamp Drivers folder

Wow. That was a long post, I think I might put this into a thread where Mac users can find it so they can have the best of both worlds without having to try and figure everything out :p if your unclear about any of this then PM me and I'd be happy to help :p

Windows 8 is the best!
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Thank you for the very detailed instruction. but my question remains: how good is windows 8 on a late 2010 macbook air?

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