Install Windows 8.1 on a Macbook Air no DVD drive

This video will show you how to Install Windows 8.1 on a MacBook Air without a DVD drive.

Hi All,
In this article you will find the steps, on how to install Windows 8.1 on a MacBook Air and any Mac without DVD drive.
This process was done on MacBook Air 2013 model and we will also use an ISO file or DVD image rather then a an actual DVD.

If you are looking for the video How to install Windows 8.1 on a Mac running OS X Mavericks you can find it here.
This video will show you how to install Windows 8.1 with a DVD.

What will you need to make this happen?
1. MacBook
2. 8GB USB stick or higher
3. Windows 8.1 ISO file, you can find a copy on the 123myIT download page here
Or you buy a full version of Windows 8.1 recommended under the Store.

4. Once you have done the above, the next step is to run the Boot Camp Assistant. You can do this by going into finder and the type boot camp, or click the Desktop then click on Go, and then select utilities Boot Camp Assistant.
Boot Camp Assistant

5. Once you have this started up simply follow the video above and pretty soon you will have Windows 8.1 up and running on your MacBook Air.

6. If you are having problems during setup where you can move your mouse or type anything on the keyboard, you can try plugging in a USB keyboard and mouse for the initial setup, and then after Windows is installed go to the Boot Camp Drivers page here and download the correct drivers for your model of Mac which should solve this problem.

NOTE: Key points to remember, if your Mac doesn’t boot into the Windows installer screen then you can find the boot menu by restarting the Mac and holding down the ALT or option key.
For more information you can check out the Official Apple Boot Camp page here.

How to find which Mac model you have

This video will help you find out which Mac model you have.

Hi All,
Mac Models, one big thing you should know when purchasing Apple hardware is MODELS, MODELS, MODELS and Versions, versions, versions. What do I mean by this? Every Mac computer is a different and then there is even different Mac models within one year.
So if you have to troubleshoot your Mac for whatever reason then you might need to know how to find out which Mac model your computer is.

Once you know what Mac model you have then you will need to check the versions of OS X, OS X is the software that is installed on the Mac. This will then allow you to check if a problem you are having is related to hardware type or software versions.

To find out the Mac model you can go to Apple menu > About this Mac and then click on more info.

Mac model

For example Mac models hard can play an important part when installing Windows on your Mac hardware. For example if you have a MacBook Air then this hardware does not come with a DVD drive so you wouldn’t be able to install Windows on the MacBook Air with a DVD. Its little things like this that knowing the Mac model can help you work out what process to take when installing some software.

In the Apple menu you can also look up what version of OS X you are using. Currently the 3 latest versions of OS X are:

Mavericks 10.(9)
Yosemite 10.(10)
El Capitan 10.(11)

If you want to know more about Apple computer models you can check out the 123myit boot camp drivers page
Mac Models Boot Camp drivers.
Or the complete list of Mac models on the Wiki page here.

Good luck!

Boot Camp Drivers

This video will show where to find your the correct boot camp drivers for your Mac.

Boot Camp Drivers

Which Boot Camp supports your model of Mac?
Click the links below to see which version of Boot Camp you need for your Model of Mac.
MacBook Pro
MacBook Air
Mac mini
Mac Pro

Running Windows on your Mac with Boot Camp
Want to run Windows application on your Mac every now and then? No problem.
You can run Windows on your Mac at native speeds with a built-in utility called Boot Camp.
The setup is easy as 123 and its safe for your Mac OS X files.
Once the setup is complete you can boot into Mac OS X or Windows.

Windows running at native speed
Windows can run on your Mac at native speed without comprising performance, that would happen if you were to run a “virtual machines” or software emulation.
All you Windows applications will have full access to multiple cores and processors, 3D graphics and all your Mac hardware ports such as FireWire, Wi-Fi, AirPort, and Gigabit Ethernet.

Once installed you can change between OS X and Windows by holding the (Alt) or Option key when restarting your Mac.
Of if you want to set the Start Up disk permanently you can watch the following video on how to do this.

Boot Camp Requirements
What do you need to run Boot Camp?
* You will need an Intel-based Mac.
* OS X v10.5 or later.
* Update the firmware on your Mac.
* The Boot Camp Assistant, which should be located under your Applications, Utilities.
* ISO or DVD which you can find on the downloads section here.
* Need more info? check out General Boot Camp questions about installing Windows 8 on a Mac

If you would like to read more on Boot Camp click here for the official Apple website.