I thought I would capture my experience installing Windows 8 RTM on my Macbook Pro (the new Retina version with SSD). First I must say that I am enjoying my Macbook much better now that I have an SSD in it. Computers without SSDs are just painful to use these days especially as a developer.
For the most part the upgrade went exactly like any other upgrade. That was good. When I booted up the first problem I ran in to was that the Trackpad drivers for the Mac wouldn’t load and I couldn’t load the Boot Camp Control Panel (weird error about not being able to access the startup disk). I looked in Device Manager and found that there were two Trackpad devices registered, but they couldn’t start. So I decided to start with those first two items and resolve them. Thankfully the Internet is a wonderful place, full of all sorts of answers!
Issue #1 – Not being able to access the Boot Camp Control Panel
The essence of the solution was to run the Boot Camp Control Panel in a different UAC security context
Issue #2 – Trackpad wasn’t working
The solution is simply to map the drivers to USB Input Devices and then back and magically it works (weird I know!)
Issue #3 – Windows 8 Enterprise kept complaining about activating
From the command-line you access a UI that allows you to enter in a key that is valid which is what was causing this to complain in the first place. This may be because I used my MSDN account to install Windows 8 Enterprise (I am doing that to test it out at my employer for those wondering about the license concerns there).