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I am not really sure why you would want to install Windows 8.1 without BootCamp. The USB stick needs to be a little bigger than the .iso file you are going to be burning. It doesn't matter if there is any data on it, this will totally erase the whole thing. Steps To Achieve Victory Download the ISO you want to use Open Terminal (in /Applications/Utilities)...


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In Windows, you can typically choose a different output-source using this approach: For switching outputs, try this: Right click on the speaker icon in the tray. Choose "playback devices". Select from the list of playback devices (speakers, hdmi, usb headset,) (the device you want) Choose "Set Default" Your audio output will instantly switch ...


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None of the answers got it right. This is how you do it — without BootCamp: Get/download a Windows ISO image file. Your USB flash drive should have at least 8GB. Plug it in and format/erase it using Disk Utility (under Applications/Utilities) CAUTION: Make sure you select the correct drive! Then click erase. Select MS-DOS (FAT) for the Format. (If your ...


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It appears that there is an Adaptive Brightness feature in Windows 8 that messes with the overall brightness of the MBP If you just installed Windows 8 on your laptop and the screen won’t stay at the brightness level you want, it’s probably because the adaptive brightness feature isn’t working right on your system. Here’s how to disable it. Open up ...


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For those seeing this in OS X instead of Windows, there is a separate sound output selection box for "Sound Effects". Make sure to select Headphones.


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No you don't need PC hardware since Yes you can delete OS X entirely after getting the drivers installed from Boot Camp on OS X. Follow the directions for creating the bootcamp USB key that comes with bootcamp (you'll need an 8GB key). When you boot from the bootcamp key and it gives you disk utility just delete the OSX partition (I believe this is an ...


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In general, to search for something on a Mac, Spotlight is what's used and can be brought up pressing: Command (⌘)-Space bar Have a look at: OS X Yosemite: Spotlight keyboard shortcuts If in an application, like TextEdit as an example, pressing ⌘F brings up Find. Also have a look at: Mac keyboard shortcuts


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VMware Player is only avaiable for Windows and Linux, not OS X. To install Windows 8 on your Mac, you will need to purchase VMware Fusion. From VMware Workstation Player (formerly known as Player Pro): VMware Player is the easiest way to run multiple operating systems at the same time on your PC. You do have a couple of free options: Virtualbox is a ...


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Administrative shares have been disabled in Windows Vista and later versions of Windows for security reasons. According to Microsoft Support Knowledge Base article 947232, you can do one of the following: Create your own shares with the appropriate permissions (recommended); Run the Microsoft Fix It to perform an automatic workaround; or Add to the ...


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Finally got this working, thanks to a person named "turbostar" over on discussions.apple.com: Re-run Boot Camp Assistant to remove the Windows partition and restore the full Mac HD as a single partition. Run a PRAM reset (restart, while screen is still black, hold down ⌘+Option+P+R and keep them pressed until you hear the startup sound a second time). Open ...


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I've done this kind of thing for years and can probably help you avoid the same pains I went through. Cloud storage would be ideal for some use-cases, but sketchy on privacy/security without additional work, and not necessarily suitable for use cases involving a large amount of data. (I've worked around security/privacy issues with transparent per-file ...


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I have done this myself. First install REFIt, an utility for dual/triple booting. It adds a useful selection of OSes on startup. It also includes a EFI/MBR fixing tool which is very useful. You might need to restart 2 times. Using the Disk Utility, add 2 more partitions to your disk. Format them FAT or FAT32. Restart your machine, and this time, assuming you ...


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Apple’s EULA states that you’re only allowed to install OS X on Apple hardware. If it’s legal to go against an EULA depends on the country and its legislative authority.


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Error -54 is a file permissions issue. Here are a couple of methods to reset common errors... Fix the iTunes folder permissions Open the Start menu & type %userprofile% (including both % symbols) then hit Enter you should see the My Music folder, which is the default location for iTunes music files. Open My Music, select the iTunes folder Then, ...


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UPDATE: How to download and install the driver files without using Bootcamp. Using the web site How to identify MacBook Pro models, I determined your computer is: MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014) Model Identifier MacBook Pro11,3 Configuration 15.4”/2.5 Quad-core i7/16GB/512-Flash Model number MGXC2xx/A Other Mac computers use one of the links below:...


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I ran into this issue just now and fixed it. My computer used to be managed by my company and the catalogURL was changed to a company owned update server. I fixed it by resetting it: sudo defaults delete /Library/Preferences/com.apple.SoftwareUpdate CatalogURL


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I would have liked to comment on the previous answer, because it's a (nearly) perfect description of what to do (at least for the Linux distros I've been working through over the past week), but I'm shy of the 50 rep needed for comments… Anyway, to supplement @danijel-j's answer, I discovered that (some?) of the USB keys I was using required me to ...


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If you have an iPhone and you use the calendar on it then you can easily put it in Apple's cloud, iCloud, and from there it is easily shared. First, on your phone go to "Settings" and select iCloud. Make sure Calendars is is flicked across to green and your Calendar is in the cloud. Now in a web browser go to iCloud.com and click on "Calendar". This will ...


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The Mac hardware stores the boot volume in NVRAM so you could power off the computer and then reset things by holding the Command Option P R keys down. Once you've heard two boot chimes you can release things and if the Mac OS X volume is viable it will boot first. If that doesn't work then it's likely that the OS X volume has issues and the system is ...


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UPDATE: There are three partitioning schemes used by both Windows and OS X. The first is MBR, which has been around since the 1980’s. The second is GPT, which is fairly new. The third is a hybrid scheme which combines the first two. OS X’s Disk Utility application allows you to select either MBR or GPT. If MBR is selected, then you get the traditional MBR ...


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To rename the Recovery Partition, falsely named "EFI Boot", I first mounted the Recovery HD, by showing all partitions in Disk Utility. To show all partitions: 1.) quit Disk Utility 2.) In Terminal write or paste: defaults write com.apple.DiskUtility DUShowEveryPartition 1 and hit 'enter'. Launch Disk Utility and mount the hidden, but now showing "Recovery ...


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Can't this be related to your MacBooks high screen resolution. Try with zooming your display in Windows. Zooming will make everything on the screen larger and will hopefully make everything less small for you. The setting is in the control panel and display/resolution settings. Also, check out this answer from the Apple support forum that gives a more step ...


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I had the same issue with Windows 7 guest on a MBP 2013 retina display. It was solved for me by unticking the "Automatically adjust user interface size in Windows" checkbox.


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Navigate on your Mac to the Bootcamp application. Before this make sure you have a 8GB USB flashdrive formatted to FAT 32, Windows default. Open Bootcamp app, and install the latest Bootcamp drivers onto the USB. I suggest naming the USB to SUPPORT all caps after doing this. Navigate to Windows Partition on boot menu. Open up File Explorer, click on you ...


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Windows cannot write to Apple Journaled partitions. OS X cannot write to NTFS. So you'll need to choose something FAT-based. There are third-party solutions to allow writing of course but I've never found the performance hit to be worth versus just going with FAT. Note that doing three partitions with Bootcamp can be tricky. I recommend so research on ...


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I had similar trackpad issues using Windows on my 2012 Macbook Air and fixed it using 3rd party software called Trackpad++. Give it a try.


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If you are trying to disable the nVidia graphics card, you can do the following: Reboot into safe mode. If you don't know how to, refer to here for more information. Make sure that the Mac is configured to boot from Windows in the Boot Camp Control Panel. After booting into safe mode, open Device Manager by pressing Win+R, and then typing devmgmt.msc. ...


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The latest version of VMWare 6 is now OK with Yosemite. Previous versions would not even run if the system was upgraded to Yosemite. I would recommend upgrading VMWare to the latest version of v6 (currently 6.0.5) first, then upgrading the system to Yosemite. That way, when you boot into the new system, you should not have any problems with VMWare not ...


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