Installing windows 8.1 via bootcamp without vision

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After much searching of the internet and lots of trial and error, I managed to do this successfully. I thought I'd add my steps here as I have seen it asked for and have found no steps specific to installing an 8.1 bootcamp without vision or visual aids such as talking installers.. As a bit of background, I made this work with a 15 inch macbook pro mid 2013 and os 10.11 updated to the latest version. These steps can be performed using newer macs from the last two or three years and running the latest version of Mac OS. For this reason, I recommend updating before starting. What you'll need A mac running the latest updates of OS 10.11 a windows 8.1 ISO file and product key A USB flash or external hard drive that you are okay with being wiped free Steps: 1. Place your windows ISO on your mac hard drive, somewhere you know you can find it. 2. plug in your external flash or hard drive 3. Navigate to your applications folder, open utilities, find bootcamp assistant, and open it. 4. Tab until you hear "continue, and press it. 5. tab through this screen and make sure that all three checkboxes are checked. If they aren't, check them by pressing space on each and continue. 6. Tab to the choose button and navigate to the location where you stored the ISO file. press enter to choose. 7. Continue tabbing passed choose to select the hard drive to install windows content. Use your arrows to select the drive and continue. 8. making the bootable USB of windows as well as downloading necessary apple support drivers will take some time. Once finished, bootcamp will ask you how you want to partition your mac's hard drive. Here, you can either divide it equally or resize it yourself. Use VO with your arrows to find where voiceover says "vertical splitter. Interact with that to resize your drives if you so choose and hit continue. Otherwise, hit divide equally and then continue. 9. wait for your mac to restart. When it does, you'll be on the first windows 8 setup screen for language and input. Press enter, and then enter again to install. 10. Type in your product key without dashes and hit enter 11. Press alt A to check the agree to terms check box, followed by alt N. Note: your alt key is the option key on your keyboard 12. This screen asks you if you'd like a custom install or to upgrade from a previous version of windows. We want custom, so hit the letter C 13. Down arrow three times to your newly created bootcamp hard drive. this will select the appropriate drive. Press alt F for format. Note 1: arrowing through this screen to many times will make it wrap up to select the top entry. Note 2: some guides tell you to hit alt A here instead of Alt F. If you value your sanity, do not press alt A. 14. On the format screen, press your tab key to OK and hit enter. Now hit alt N 15. Now you're installing windows. You will hear some hard drive activity while this takes place. Be prepared to wait a while. Your computer will reboot twice before landing on the windows setup screen. 16. Here you should be able to hit windows U for Narrator and go through setup with speech and sound. Your windows key is command. 17. Once done setting up windows, open the external media that you used to install from. Press B for the bootcamp folder. Open that and press enter on setup and follow the instructions to install bootcamp drivers. That's it. you can remove your external drive and go about your way. If you encounter issues with windows, try updating your mac. I would also be glad to try and answer any questions you have. Hope this helps someone.

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13 Comments

#1 windows7

Where would I get a copy of 7 to put on my mac, and will these steps work if i were to?

#2 win 7

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microsoft is your friend. There is another guide on here for seven which I haven't tested but I'm sure is good. The steps are different. I put this here because of the differences specific to installing 8.

#3 No drive needed

I used Boot Camp Assistance to install WINDOWS Ten on my early 2015 MacBook Pro with Retina. I only needed a thumbdrive to install drivers like the keyboard layout and audio drivers.

#4 Didn't work

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I tried the directions and got to the choose a drive to install on section. Anything past this point fails. Maybe I am not selecting the correct drive? All I know is that KNFB reader tells me that there are at least 5 drives/partitions available. What order they are in, and how to make sure bootcamp is highlighted, I have no idea. Looks like the process is flawed again. Any ideas on how to deal with this?

#5 finding correct hard drive

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I had difficulty in this part too. Your hard drive list may very well be different, maybe you have other media plugged in etc.
What you'll want to do is start inside of mac, open disk utility, arrow down to your drive and VO arrow around. You're looking for something that says something like, "device, disk 0 s 4." Since the hard drive selection list selects the first top most drive, I had to arrow down three more times before I got to disk 4. However, as I said this disk might be different for you.

#6 Finding hard drive

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After creating the bootcamp partition on my sad, I have the following structure in disk utility: an internal Apple SSDM001 with the following partitions: System and Bootcamp. Does this mean I only press down arrow once to highlight Bootcamp?

#7 hard drive

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not quite. after you find the bootcamp drive in disk utility, VO left arrow a few times. you'll arrow passed the tool bar and close button until you'll see something which probably says: connection, PCI. VO left again and you'll hear something like device, disk 0 s 4 in my case. That last number, the four, is what you want, arrow one less than that number. I have four, so I arrow three times. you might have something else.

#8 Windows 10

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Does anyone have a detailed guide on installing Windows 10? I am trying to help a friend Bootcamp Windows 10. Unfortunately, the setup screens are completely different than Windows 8.1. The person had downloaded the single language edition. At this point, it looks like we are stuck on the choose edition, language, and whether it is x86 or x64.

#9 Addition

What model of Mac, and did your friend purchase the 32 or 64 bit version?

#10 Windows 10

This is what I'm concerned about. I myself have a late mid/late2015 macbook pro with a Solid-state 1tb drive. I'm wanting to install Windows 10 on here myself before Julie, but really want to be sure this will work as advertised. I really would like to get Windows 10 Bootcamped so I don't have to use Virtual Machines for what I do.

#11 I'm Using Right Now

I'm using WINDOWS Ten via Boot Camp Assistance right now. It's working fine for the most part. What parts are you concerned about anyway?

#12 Installing Windows10

Does this guide apply to installing Windows10 as well? I have the latest MacBook running Mac OS 10.12.whatever the latest version number is. haha. If this guide doesn't apply, where can I obtain the steps to install Windows10?

#13 did it via face time

Hi,
For windows 10 I had to do it via face time, but bootcamp does work well with windows 10. I got myself a couple of weeks ago a used 2014 MacBook air with 512gb ssd, and it works great.