How to install Windows 8 on your Mac

How to install Windows 8 on your Mac

Summary: Microsoft has had over 1 million downloads of its Windows 8 Consumer Preview in just one day, Redmond says. But why should Windows users have all the fun? Today, we'll show you how to install it if you're a Mac user.

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Microsoft has had over 1 million downloads of its Windows 8 Consumer Preview in just one day, Redmond says. But why should Windows users have all the fun? Today, we'll show you how to install it if you're a Mac user.

It's very simple to do and you'll only need a few things to do it.

You'll need a copy of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, available for download here, a USB drive with around 4 gigabytes of storage, a backed-up Mac with around 20 gigabytes of storage free for partitioning, and something to keep you occupied for about an hour.

You can install the Windows 8 beta much faster using a virtual machine product like Parallels, but we're doing it on the cheap today using Boot Camp Assistant.

Watch the video for the Windows 8 beta how to.

(Also, the new Avengers trailer has to be seen to be believed.)

Topics: Microsoft, Apple, Hardware, Windows

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  • Is it possible to install the Windows 8 Consumer preview without a large USB like this? For example, can it be installed off of a DVD?
    Zagorath
  • Just wondering how you use it on the Mac when it is a touchscreen based OS?
    JasonW3-1893e
    • It is not required to have a touchscreen.
      Patanjali
  • Next up will be lessons on how to install your Ford Focus engine into your Porsche just for giggles....
    Macrat1000
  • "Just wondering how you use it on the Mac when it is a touchscreen based OS?"

    Same way you install on a Wintel desktop.

    Or when it's out, install the ARM version onto an ARM pad.
    meski.oz@...
  • Transfer

    is there a way to have this and also have mountain lion, because i know you can have a windows account and an os x account on a mac. how do you get that?
    Chriskenhall