I preordered Windows 8 a while back, and as soon as I got it I tinkered around with BootCamp 4 (which technically only supports Windows 7) to get it up and running, since the only computer I have is a MacBook. It's been running fine, but since there's now BootCamp 5, which includes official Windows 8 support, I'd like to be able to upgrade. I figured the update would be delivered through Apple Software Update, but when I open it it only says there are no updates. So I downloaded the installer from Apple's support website but when I run it all it says is my hardware is unsupported.

The thing is, Apple's website says that BootCamp 5 supports the mid 2010 MacBook Pros and newer, which is exactly what I have.

I don't know what to do. It's not crucial that I get BootCamp 5, but it'd be ideal. Anyone know what I could do?

  • BootCamp 5 supports Windows 8 (64 bit) only, if you dont have this version of Windows you won't be able to use Boot Camp 5.
    – Simon
    Mar 16, 2013 at 20:57

3 Answers 3


Note that the 13" MacBook Pro, mid-2010 is NOT supported. If you have a 15" or 17" model, then you should be able to update to OS 10.8.3 (DO NOT do this if you have a 13" model) and get Boot Camp 5.

Download link for 10.8.3 (only if you have a supported Mac): http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1640

If you have a 13" model and you've updated to 10.8.3, you may be out-of-luck unless you downgrade back to 10.8.2.

As of 10.8.3, they've added checks to the OS (and, it seems, bootloader) to check for a Windows 8 disc.

If your device is unsupported (see link [2] at the bottom), BootCamp Assistant will refuse to help you, stating instead that "Windows 8 is not supported on this Mac."

You can still manually resize the HFS+ partition (the one that Mac OS X is installed on) via the Disk Utility.

However, from my experience, trying to boot to the "UEFI" Windows 8 disc manually (by holding Alt/Option when turning your Mac on) just results in it loading into the Mac OS. (Preventing a Windows 8 install.)

I downgraded to 10.8.2 and was once again able to install Windows 8.

As far as the BootCamp drivers in Windows 8:

  1. Regardless of whether you use the BootCamp 4 drivers (for Windows 7) or manage to obtain the BootCamp 5 drivers, you will need to navigate to the "\BootCamp\Drivers\Apple" folder in an Explorer window in Desktop mode.
  2. Next, go to File -> Command Prompt -> Open command prompt as administrator.
  3. From there, type ".\BootCamp.msi" to launch the installer.

This should get around any "unsupported machine" issues.

Final note if you have NVIDIA graphics:
Boot Camp 4's NVIDIA drivers are NOT COMPATIBLE with Windows 8.
These will likely result in your screen going black until you restart. At which point, you should go to NVIDIA.com and download the latest drivers.
You can, potentially, stop these from being installed by using the Task Manager and choosing "End Task" on any NVIDIA installation during the Boot Camp 4 install.

Hopefully, this will help you get around Apple's attempt to force you to buy a new computer.

Official Apple Info:
[1] Apple's Boot Camp \ Windows 8 FAQ: support.apple.com/kb/HT5628
[2] List of which Macs support Boot Camp 5: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5634

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    Starting from command prompt worked for me! I got Boot Camp x64 is unsupported on this computer model before, but this solved the problem, every driver got installed with boot camp support 5.0.5033! Thank you!
    – kissgyorgy
    Jul 12, 2013 at 21:37

On an unsupported Macbook all you need is an USB-stick, a Windows 7 DVD and a Windows 8 DVD.

  1. Upgrade to 10.8.3
  2. Start Bootcamp and let Bootcamp download the latest drivers on the USB-stick
  3. When Bootcamp asks for a Windows 7 DVD, insert the Windows 7 DVD.
  4. When the mac restarts: remove the Windows 7 DVD, insert the Windows 8 DVD and boot from that one.
  5. Windows 8 will install fine
  6. When installation has finished run the bootcamp installation from the USB stick (Windowssupport\Setup.exe)

The Boot Camp assistant lets you download the support software from its menu even after you've installed Windows. Just download that to a memory stick, then install the software on your Windows 8 partition.

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