Fixing Windows 8 Trackpad Driver in Bootcamp

Another issue I have had with Windows 8 in Bootcamp on a Mac is that the trackpad drivers did not initially install correctly and I wasn’t able to use it at all. I was able to solve that by following these steps.

Go to Device Manager and on the two “Touchpad” entries with the bang on them, go to “Update Driver” -> “Browse My Computer” -> “Let me pick from a list…” and change them both to USB Input Device. Reboot.

Go back to Device Manager, do an “Update Driver” again, let it search automatically, and one comes back as Apple Multitouch and the other as Apple Multitouch Mouse. Reboot again, trackpad will be working and will show up in Boot Camp control panel.

Fixing Windows 8 Wifi Issues in Bootcamp

I’m not a fan of OSX, but working at an advertising agency, there’s no way to avoid it. I have a MacBook Pro that I need to use to admin some Mac things occasionally. The rest of the time, it runs Windows very nicely using Bootcamp.

However, when Windows 8 came out and I scrapped my Windows 7 partition and installed Windows 8 Enterprise, I found that I could no longer attach to our corporate wifi network. We use 802.1x and certificates to authenticate via radius, so I checked the radius server and determined that I wasn’t even making it that far, there was no indication of my machine even trying to authenticate. I figured it probably wasn’t a Cisco wireless issue, since my machine was the only one having a problem. What next then?

I checked the driver, and the Broadcom 802.11n wireless card was using the built in Microsoft driver. Which was working fine as long as you didn’t have to use certificates. I had no problem connecting at home, or at Starbucks and the like.

I decided I’d try using some older Broadcom drivers to see if that would remedy the situation. Installing those did the trick. You can download the Broadcom driver I used here. Don’t use the Setup.exe, it won’t run. Go through Device Manager and manually install the driver that way.