Apple updates Boot Camp to support Windows 8

Apple has pushed out an update today for OS X that finally delivers Boot Camp support for Windows 8. The update, available now, is the 10.8.3 update brings a host of other enhancements to the platform as well.

For those of you who have been trying to use Windows 8 with OS X, you will know that the only available options previous to today were not all that elegant. Now that Apple has finally released the update, the ability to switch between OS X and Windows 8 will likely be a welcomed addition for those of you who dual boot.

The update had been in testing for 3.5 months before being delivered to the public which means it should hopefully be free of bugs.

Seeing that is was about this time last year that Apple announced Mountain Lion, there is speculation that Apple could be announcing the next update, 10.9, in the near future.

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Does this update allow you to plug in your Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter and NOT have to reboot in order for windows to see it?

It does not work on everything running ML or Lion. However if you download the drivers on another machine that it does download to you can install it via the command line in the apple folder.

About bloody time. I would love to know what took so long!

I did get my Win8 install up and running with the Windows 7 drivers, so I wonder what work they actually had to do? Fix the trackpad nonsense?

I've been running Win8 x64 on my MBP 2010 since RTM without too many issues.
Every now and then I lose the touchpad multi touch but happens rarely.

Do I just update OSX and it works, or do I need a reinstall of Win8 as well?

Had a MacBook air 2010 model, had windows 8 on it anytime you would do a video chat on Skype or messenger, or watched a video online it would cause the entire machine to crash. Sold the MacBook a few months ago to pay for a surface pro and do not regret it. Apple are too slow to update bootcamp drivers and when I had Windows 7 on that machine it ran okay at best, the only thing I did like was that the touchpad had two finger scrolling that was really well done. The surface pro and type cover equally has a really good touchpad for two finger scrolling so I don't see myself ever buying another Mac.

Me too. Don't know what the fuss is. It's still a crap computer though with possibly the worst chicklet keyboard since the IBM PC Junior.

I'm switching to Surface Pro as soon as they're available here in China. For me it's the stylus that does it. Finally I can write in Chinese on the screen in ANY app. Apple are basically dead in China now.

I like the chiclet keyboard. I would be a bit ****ed if I was writing in Chinese via it's keyboard input system, but I don't need to worry about that. Switch to Surface Pro ASAP

Otherwise the MBA is suited for what I need it to be.

I had serious issues installing 8 on a McBook Pro early 2011... to the point that the screen kept blacking out and pressing F2 would cause the system to crash.

Enron said,
I had serious issues installing 8 on a McBook Pro early 2011... to the point that the screen kept blacking out and pressing F2 would cause the system to crash.

That was graphics drivers, did you update them to the latest? The bootcamp control panel would call the change brightness the wrong way!

snuffy - exactly what I thought, i had used the RP, the RC, and the final build without and problems on my late 2011 MBP (8,1) without any problems

snuffy said,
? i've been running bootcamp elegantly on an imac 27 since Win 8 RTM...

32 or 64 bit? The drivers won't install Windows 8 64 bit without hacks and any other version without compat settings.

ingramator said,

32 or 64 bit? The drivers won't install Windows 8 64 bit without hacks and any other version without compat settings.

x64...no issues what-so-ever, apart from I'd love my Pegasus R4 to work under windows....

About time. My Mac Mini has been going through hell with the colors. I'm actually wondering why that color profiling issue wasn't mentioned in the list. It's there.

i tried trackpad++ once apon a time a few months ago or so but it had other issues that made it less desirable so I went back to the apple driver

Trackpad seems about the same; still no accelerated scrolling. What is different is that the Boot Camp Control Panel loads for me when it didn't before.

Brando212 said,
does that mean updated drivers finally? if so is the trackpad driver finally not crap?

Doubt it, they probably just dropped the version requirement and hardware requirements in the stupid MSI they built. I had to hack the tables to be able to run it on my Windows 8 64bit...

If they add some multitouch support I would be very very impressed but I'm guessing not at all. Trackpad ++ is excellent and I would recommend to all!