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Older Core Duo Mac and Windows 8.1 System 10.6
Computers like the Intel "Mac Mini 2,1" were left behind with Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6.8) and Boot Camp 4. These restraints keep older machines from the benefits of current mac features, applications, and supported installs of Windows 8. However, these machines are well within the Microsoft system requirements for Windows 8.1 and installs are possible.

The older Core Duo Mac series cannot boot into 64-bit operating systems, and is excluded from modern versions of OS X, but Microsoft still supports 32-bit processors, giving many old Macs the opportunity to be re-purposed with a modern OS. I can confirm that if you use Boot Camp to install Windows 7 32-bit (no key needed) on a Core Duo Mac Mini, you can upgrade to Windows 8 32-bit from within Windows 7, and then do the same for Windows 8.1 (provided you have a license key for the final OS). Boot Camp 4 drivers work well for the 32-bit Windows 8.1, but I installed each one individually instead of using the BootCamp package installer. All of the hardware functions; however, I have not installed the Boot Camp shortcuts for startup disk selection, or for the onscreen display of volume and brightness controls.

I'm not sure if this is much of a tip, but the Windows 8 install disk freezes on a CD-ROM selection screen and I haven't seen these tips anywhere else online. I've read that new Windows 8 disks have a specialized MBR that doesn't work with older Macs, and EFI boot was added to Macs built much later.

I have replaced this Mac Mini with a much more capable iMac, but I like that the old computer can still serve a purpose. Sometimes, it's really convenient to have a Windows PC close by, even if it is not needed every day. It's even better when that Windows PC is a Mac. It's also nice not to have to restart into Windows 8 on my main Mac.

P.S.- Right now, this Mini is acting as a HTPC in my living room with a Bluetooth keyboard/trackpad, and a Windows MediaCenter remote and ATSC tuner.

[crarko adds: As someone with a lot of older hardware still around, I appreciate ideas like this. Never been a huge Boot Camp user (preferring virtualization) but I see where this could come in handy.

Note to all: I'm back again for a while, and my hope is to try to post something every day. I know the site has been pretty slow, and your continued help by submitting your hints and ideas is always very welcome. Thanks. -- Craig A.]
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Older Core Duo Mac and Windows 8.1
Authored by: Panjandrum on Feb 03, '14 05:39:04PM

Thanks for this tip. I've been looking for solutions for a school with 50+ Macs that Apple has abandoned and which require newer software (the school has major issues such as the new iWork incompatibility with older iWork packages, lack of security updates and increasing inability to run the latest Mac software). Since Apple can no longer supply the school with updates to maintain compatibility with newer software, and since the school can by no means afford to upgrade more than a few of the systems they had me begin researching alternative solutions (cheap machines that will be used almost solely for google docs, for example). The few administrators and board members that were upgraded this year to newer Macs are also so disappointed with Lion/ML/Mavericks that they had already begun thinking of moving away from Apple. We just received a very inexpensive quote from MS for an educational site license for Window 8 and I was investigating compatibility when what do I find here on good-old MacFixit but a post from someone doing the exact same thing on a small scale. I'm glad to find that this solution might work for us. It's a sad sad day, though, you have to admit, when the solution to finding proper support for your Macs is to turn to MS... Never imagined I would see that day come...

For those interested, I currently, and with perfect results, run Windows 64bit on my MacPro 1,1 (another abandoned system). The trick is NOT installing any of Apple's drivers. Just install Windows as you would on any PC and it seems to work fine. You might miss a couple features such as full apple keyboard support, bit just plug in a standard keyboard and you are all set.



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Older Core Duo Mac and Windows 8.1
Authored by: haralds on Feb 03, '14 06:17:49PM

You can run Mavericks on Mac Pro 1,1 & 2,1 and some others using Tiamo's modified boot.efi and some plist changes, as long as you have an upgraded video card supported by a 64 bit driver.

More info here:
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1598176&page=2



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Older Core Duo Mac and Windows 8.1
Authored by: pullinst on Feb 04, '14 07:41:29AM

The only hint in the last two weeks is to run a Windows OS on old mac hardware?!?!?

I'm done.



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Older Core Duo Mac and Windows 8.1
Authored by: robot_guy on Feb 04, '14 09:53:26AM

Remind us how many hints you've posted? ;)



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Older Core Duo Mac and Windows 8.1
Authored by: crarko on Feb 05, '14 06:16:55AM

Oh, let it be, folks. ;)



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Older Core Duo Mac and Windows 8.1
Authored by: glusk on Feb 04, '14 04:55:37PM

Bye.



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Older Core Duo Mac and Windows 8.1
Authored by: Felix on Feb 04, '14 11:17:16PM

Don't let the door hit you....



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Older Core Duo Mac and Windows 8.1
Authored by: msadesign on Feb 05, '14 11:34:54AM

Craig: Glad you are back. It was getting a bit testy in here…now stop ignoring us or we are gonna act out.



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