Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch Retina Display 2015

This video will show you an unboxing of the Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch Retina Display (2015) laptop.

Hi All,
I managed to get my hands on the Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch Retina Display (2015) model. This is to try and help 123myIT users with some of the problems they face when they are trying to get Windows 8 or Windows 10 installed on Apples newest version of laptops.

Shortly I will do a step by step video on how to install Windows 8 and Windows 10 on the Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch Retina Display (2015) laptop, however lets take a quick look at what you can expect when you purchase the new version of the MacBook Pro.

On the outside of the laptop there isn’t much changes the design is pretty much the same as the 2014 MacBook Pro. However with the Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch Retina Display (2015) version there is the change of the Track Pad. Now I know what you are thinking. Come on Matt big deal right? Who cares about a Track Pad and what actually features can you improve on?
Well after using the new MacBook Pro in the video I briefly show you what is possible able with the new track pad which has the new functionality called Force Touch.
I describe it in the video as a click within a click. But its more then that. The second click seems to be pressure activated.

MacBook Pro 13 inch - Force Touch

What this allows you to do, lets say if you are browsing a website and you have a website link on the page.
Clicking once and then on the second click if you use a little bit of pressure you can get a small preview of the page that is linked. On the second click if you use allot of pressure it will bring up a bigger preview of the linked page.
Its a bit hard to explain without actually using it for yourself, but you get the idea anyone. On the outset it might seem like a gimmick. However some people might find this feature pretty useful.

Worth the upgrade? Hard to say. If you are a Mac fan any upgrade is probably worth it. However if you do have a 2014 model you could probably run with that for now.

Cheers
Matt

Install Windows 8.1 on an External USB Windows To Go

This video will show you how to Install Windows 8.1 on an External USB Windows To Go.

Hi All,
So I get loads of people on the 123myIT.com website and on the YouTube channel about how can they install Windows on an external drive USB drive so they can just carry that around and use the USB to plug into their Mac or PC hardware.

Well I was able to find a solution for this issue from most people and it is Microsoft’s “Windows to Go”. This allows you to install Windows on an external USB drive to and allows you to run the a copy of Windows basically on any PC or Mac, without having to go ahead and install it locally. Is Windows to go the answer?

Why would you want to do that? Well there are many benefits to this however the main benefits are:
* You can save disk space on the PC or Mac local drive.
* Its very portable, which means you can carry the hard drive and plug it into a friends or work PC.
* Your files stay on the USB so its safer.
* You can also setup the drive to be encrypted, which means if you lose the drive no one will be able to get your data.

Ok so let get into it. What do you need to make this happen.
You will need a few things. The first is you will need to get yourself a copy of Windows Enterprise. This is a special copy of Windows designed to large companies, however I found a place where you can get the Evaluation version.
So to do that watch this video.
Where to Download Windows 8.1 Enterprise Evaluation

The next step is to install that Enterprise copy like you would on a Mac or PC. To help out I made a video on how this is possible to install it on a Mac. Watch the video below.
Install Windows 8.1 Enterprise on a MacBook Air OS X Yosemite

Windows to Go

Once installed you can watch the video above Install Windows 8.1 on an External USB Windows To Go

Of course you will need an external USB drive to install Windows too. I suggest a USB 3 external hard drive with at least 40GB of disk space. You might be able to get away with a smaller drive but I would advise it, because you may want to have some space for App like Mcirosoft Office or some personal data like photos and videos.

Well I hope this helps out guys and good luck!
Matt

Install Windows 8.1 Enterprise on a MacBook Air OS X Yosemite

This video will show you how to Install Windows 8.1 Enterprise on a MacBook Air OS X Yosemite.

Hi All,
I setup this video to show people how to Install Windows 8.1 Enterprise on a MacBook Air OS X Yosemite. You need to know how to install Windows 8.1 Enterprise to allow you to then setup Windows to Go. Windows to Go is installing Windows 8.1 on an external USB drive rather than installing it to the computers built in hard drive.
You need to have a copy of Windows 8.1 Enterprise install on a Mac or a PC to allow you to setup the Windows to Go USB drive and I will do the next video on exactly how to do this.
So this video is in actual fact one step closer to setting up Windows to Go.

If you want to know more about the Windows to Go process you can check out the official Microsoft page here.
And for the techies out there, you can take a look at the TechNet version here.
So where do I get Windows 8.1 Enterprise version from I here you ask? Well you can follow the 123myIT.com video here. On the downloads page you will have a choice of Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 Enterprise version. For the Windows to go setup it probably doesn’t matter a whole lot which version you choose.

Windows 8.1 Enterprise on a MacBook

Once you have downloaded the Windows 8.1 Enterprise version, you can burn that ISO to a DVD and then install it either on a Mac or PC. Burning the copy to DVD allows you to install any computer but it also allows you to make sure you have a back up copy if anything does happen to the ISO file or to the computer that the ISO file is stored on.

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How to do a Clean Install of OS X Yosemite from USB

This video will show you how to do a clean install of OS X Yosemite from USB.

Hi All
I have had a few people from the 123myIT YouTube channel ask me how to Fix GPT Error: Windows cannot be installed to this disk.

If you have followed the video linked above and still having some problems getting Windows installed on your Mac because of the GPT partition it is probably best to do a clean install of OS X Yosemite and this video will help you achieve this.

You will need to Create a bootable OS X Yosemite installer USB drive, this drive will install OS X Yosemite on to your Mac.

Clean Install of OS X Yosemite

Make sure you back up your Mac with Time Machine, because the OS X install will remove any data you have on the Mac hard drive. Once you have everything backed up use the newly created USB drive to do Clean Install of OS X Yosemite.

Boot into the USB driver and format the Mac hard drive with Disk Utility. At this stage all of your data with be removed from the Mac hard drive and you can then proceed with the install. Doing a clean install of OS X Yosemite will take around 30 mins to 45 mins depending on the speed of your Mac hardware. Your Mac will also restart a few time during this stage. Just let it do its thing. Once the Mac OS X Yosemite has been installed you will need to setup the Mac as if it is a new Mac. So you will need to choose a user name a password, choose time zone and location.

If you want to know more about the OS X Yosemite you can find more info on the official Apple web page here.

Install Windows 10 Tech Preview on a MacBook Pro OS X Yosemite

This video will show you how to Install Windows 10 Tech Preview on a MacBook Pro OS X Yosemite.

Hi All
In this video we take a closer look at Windows 10 Tech Preview. This is just another option for Mac users who want to run Windows on their computer.
You will need to download the Windows 10 Tech Preview iso file and have a USB drive that is 8GB or larger.

You can download the Windows 10 Tech Preview on the 123myIT.com Downloads page. For link click here.
Windows 10 Tech preview comes in the follow different flavours.
English (United States) 64-bit (x64)
English (United States) 32-bit (x86)
English (United Kingdom) 64-bit (x64)
English (United Kingdom) 32-bit (x86)
Chinese (Simplified) 64-bit (x64)
Chinese (Simplified) 32-bit (x86)
Portuguese (Brazil) 64-bit (x64)
Portuguese (Brazil) 32-bit (x86)

The main thing you will notice about Windows 10 is the Start menu has been added back and the apps have now been incorporated directly into the Start menu.

Windows 10 Tech Preview Start Menu

Anyone can download this version it will expire on 04/16/2015 and should only be installed for people who want to give feedback to Microsoft about the workings of the new operating system. For more information see the Microsoft website here.

I didn’t get prompted for a product key. However if you need one you can use the one below.
Product key: NKJFK-GPHP7-G8C3J-P6JXR-HQRJR

If Windows 10 Tech Preview is not your thing you can take a look at install Windows 8.1 preview on your Mac videos for both MacBook Pro and MacBook Air below.
MacBook Pro
MacBook Air
After installing Windows 10 Tech Preview on your MacBook, if you are still having some problems with the sound buttons are not working, then it could be an issue with the Windows support or boot camp drivers.
Find out what model your Mac is and start looking for the drivers here. Boot Camp Drivers.

Cheers
Matt

Create a bootable OS X Yosemite installer USB drive

Apple have made it much easier to create an OS X Yosemite installer USB drive and this same process can also be done for OS X Mavericks. In this video and article I will show you what you need to do to make this happen.

You can check out the older video 123myit.com video for the Mavericks USB here.

What do you need to get started?
* 8GB or larger USB drive, SD Card or USB hard drive
* OS X Yosemite.app or Mavericks.app (this can be downloaded from the App Store)
* An Apple computer with access to the Apple App Store
* A user account with administrator rights

Step 1. Download Yosemite, Mavericks from the App store.
Apple direct link here.
Step 2. Insert your USB into the Mac and run the Disk Utility.
Step 3. Erase the USB, so it becomes a clean USB with no data on it.
Step 4. Download OS X Yosemite App, get it from the Apple Store.
Step 5. Open Terminal and use the command below. Make sure the Yosemite App is located on your Desktop of your Mac.

NOTE: Change the USB name to MyVolume or you can change code “MyVolume” to the same name as your USB drive.

OS X Yosemite
sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Yosemite.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/MyVolume --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Yosemite.app

OS X Mavericks
sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/MyVolume --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app

OS X Terminal Command

This install may take some time depending on the speed of your Mac hardware. Once the Terminal finishes copying everything across you will then be able to use the OS X Yosemite installer USB drive to do clean installs of OS X Yosemite.

If you are looking for a video on how to setup OS X Mavericks USB you can use the code above if that doesn’t work you can find the 123myIT.com video.
How to do a clean install of OS X Mavericks from USB

Good luck,
Matt

Apple Frustrations Versioning

This video Apple Frustrations Versioning, is a look at one issue with Apple’s versioning and how it can be problematic when it forces you to upgrade your operating system before you can use certain apps in this case iMovie.

Hi All,
I get a few 123myIT users ask which Operating System I think is better OS X or Windows. Its true I like both, however I do prefer Windows over OS X. And this is mainly because of Apples versioning and the frustrations that can occur when using Apple products. When I say versioning I am talking about OS X, iTunes and iOS versions which I am sure you are all have some experience with at one time or another.
To give you an example where I think Apple’s versioning has gone completely mad and where it can be extremely frustrating for Apple users, recently I wanted to start trying to create one of the 123myIT videos by using Apples iMovie. You can find it on the Apple website here.

iMovie byr Apple

The iMovie software currently retails for $6.49, great! So I logged onto Apple’s App Store and went to buy the software and was greeted by a message which suggested that I need to upgrade my operating System OS X Mavericks to OS X Yosemite before I can install iMovie. This really seems crazy to me because the MacBook Air which I just purchased at the start of this year 2014 with OS X Mavericks install is now out of date.
This coupled with the fact that Mavericks Operating System is only one year old anyway ???
I understand the need to keep software up to date and add functionality and fix bugs and security flaws. But to upgrade the Operating System before you can install an Application seems a bit crazy to me.
Surely they can keep some backward compatibility in mind when it comes to creating their new you beaut software?

After all this I decided to stay keep using what I know and use the free Microsoft Movie Maker. Maybe when I get some more space for recording I will revisit the Apple software but until then I will stick with what I know.

Create a bootable Windows 8.1 USB on a Mac running OSX Yosemite

This video will show you how to Create a bootable Windows 8.1 USB on a Mac running OSX Yosemite.

Hi All
Allot of 123myIT users have decided to take the plunge and upgrade their Mac OS X to Yosemite and I thought it might be a good idea to do a short video on how to create a bootable Windows 8.1 USB on a Mac running OSX Yosemite.
This video is mainly for people that want to be able to create a USB installer disk drive, so that they can install Windows on any computer whether it be a Mac or another brand. This method can also be used at a later date to reinstall Windows on the same Mac that you create the USB drive on.
So in the example in the video I created the USB on a early 2014 MacBook Air. In this process it also downloaded the Windows support software for this Mac hardware. This means it will run the boot camp installer after Windows gets installed. See the picture below.

Boot Camp Installer

So the If you want to check out the list of Windows support software or boot camp drives for your Mac a great place to start is the 123myIT boot camp drivers page here.

Bootable Windows 8.1 USB on a Mac running OSX Yosemite

In the photo above you can see a picture or the Yosemite desktop as the Windows files are being copied to the USB drive.
If you want more info on Apple Boot Camp you can find the official link here.
If you want to find out more about OS X Yosemite you can go to the official Apple page here.
Want to buy Windows 8.1? Check out the 123myIT.com Store page here.