How To Get Windows 8 Running Properly On MacBook Pro

Sep 15, 2011

how to get Windows 8 running properly on a MacBook Pro (or in general any Mac that supports BootCamp).

Everything runs kind of smoothly, except since Apple doesn't "Officially Support" Windows 8, out of the gate I wasn't able to get a few things working. Unfortunately, the driver disc that Apple provides to you doesn't install officially because I was "not running Windows 7."

I am using a MacBook Pro, early 2010. 2.4ghz Core2Duo, 4gb of RAM and a 1tb HDD.

Not working
Volume Buttons
Brightness Buttons
Eject button
2-Finger Scroll

I'll update later once I am out of class, but those are some things I've run into.

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