Windows 8 DP with Boot Camp 4.0

UPDATE 1st March 2012: Installing Boot Camp 4.0 has been verified to work with Windows 8 Consumer Preview that has just been released.

Today I downloaded the Apple Boot Camp 4.0 using the BootCamp Assistant in OSX Lion with the intention of installing it on my Windows 8 Developer Preview.  After burning it to CD and re-booting in Windows 8, I discovered that Boot Camp 4.0 only supports Windows 7, and promptly refused to install under Windows 8.

After searching the 'net for a solution to no avail (the best advice on offer was to go into the Drivers directory and install each one individually), I tried something radical.  I turned on the Compatibility settings for the actual BootCamp64.MSI. Lo and behold, it worked! Boot Camp proceeded to install itself and the relevant drivers without a hitch.

Note: You will need a mouse with a dedicated Right Mouse Button so that you can bring up the properties on the setup file.

Consumer Preview Note: This procedure has been updated for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

So here's the process:

  1. Navigate to the folder containing the BootCamp MSI files
  2. Right-click on the Setup executable
  3. Open up the Properties dialog and go to the Compatibility tab.
  4. Turn Compatibility Mode on (select "Run this program in compatility mode for:") and choose"Windows 7" in the drop down.
  5. Click OK, and go run the installer again.
  6. Restart your computer, and enjoy.

That's about it.


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