Although Parallels Desktop 7 already gives users a way to run Windows 8 on a Mac, some of us prefer running our test operating systems natively and without the help of virtualization software.
For Mac users this means using Mac’s dual-boot tool, Boot Camp. You may have heard that Boot Camp doesn’t work with Windows Developer Preview, but this is only half-correct.
With a few tweaks and some patience you can actually get Windows 8 running just fine without too much of a hassle.
To get started you will need to have at least 25GB of free space and 2GB of RAM. It is also necessary that you have a DVD burner for creating the Windows Developer DVD; of course these days just about everyone has a burner so this shouldn’t be a problem.
Keep in mind that this is pre-Beta software and it is generally recommended not to install it on your primary computer. If you do install it on your main machine, make sure you back up your hard drive to minimize any risk.
Now it’s time to describe the step by step instructions for successfully getting Windows 8 on your Mac. For those wanting a visual walkthrough you can find one on Techwalls.com.
If you are running Windows 8 on your Mac laptop there may be some small compatibility issues with the track pad, and you might have to use a USB mouse instead.
Otherwise most of the drivers for things like wireless, Ethernet, video, and sound should automatically work with Windows 8 on most Mac models.
Keep in mind that since we aren’t installing Support Drivers (unless you decide to experiment with this at your own risk), restarting will just bring you back to Windows.
In order to return your active partition back to your Mac and boot in OSX again, just hold down the OPTION key during restart. This will bring up a list of available startup drives and give you the option to choose your OSX partition again.
Switching back to Windows is the same process, only choose the Win8 partition at boot-up instead.
Keep in mind that this is a Developer Preview, and things can go wrong. As mentioned before this version should only be for testing and playing around, do not attempt to use it for crucial productivity needs.
All in all though, using Windows 8 on a Mac is a fairly painless process and should prove to be a fun experiment at the very least.