If you're installing Windows 8 onto a triple-boot system with OS X and Windows 7, you may need to use the Windows 7 bootloader FIRST. Chameleon can be run AFTER the Win 7 bootloader if you set things up correctly.
This was my experience, posted here for the next
Here's roughly what I did:
- Install OS X from a bootable USB flash drive.
- Use Disk Utility to create 2 additional FAT partitions (you MUST do this to create a hybrid partition map)
- Install Windows 7 to one of those partitions. In the Windows 7 setup, you'll need to delete the existing FAT partition and then reformat it as NTFS
- Install Windows 8 onto the last partition (same deal as Win7 -- you need to delete the FAT partition then create an NTFS partition in the empty space.)
- Boot to Windows 8 to make sure it works. Reboot, then use the Windows 8 bootloader to get into Windows 7 and verify it works. Smile at how shiny (or sneer at how shiny) the new Win8 multi-boot selection screen is.
- Reboot: Using the OS X Install USB drive, boot to your LOCAL HDD's OS X environment
- Run EDP/install Chameleon
- Reboot: launch Windows 7 (I think I did this from the USB drive, but it should work if Chameleon is running off your local HDD, too).
- Once in Win7, download EasyBCD (http://neosmart.net/EasyBCD/ - free for non-commercial use)
- Use EasyBCD to add a new BCD entry for your OS X partition. It's actually a tab on the "Create Entry" screen, making it [almost] criminally easy to do with point-n-click.
- Use EasyBCD's repair tools to install/repair the MBR and boot files.
- Reboot and test the Windows 7 and Windows 8 partitions (at this point, they both worked -- but I lost the pretty multi-boot selector Windows 8 provides). Note that you'll be seeing the Windows 7 bootloader (winload.exe) now, not Chameleon.
- Reboot again: on the Windows bootloader screen, choose the OS X partition
- You should now see Chameleon, listing ONLY TWO partitions: your OS X partition and your Win 7 partition.
- If you see the above items, then congratulations! You should be able to select the OS X partition under Chameleon and boot into it normally. (Choosing the Windows 7 partition just takes you back to the Windows 7 multi-boot screen again)
- If things didn't turn out like this...well, YMMV.
Question to the community:
I haven't tried dualbooting ONLY OS X and Win 8 -- because of the bootloader issues I had around Windows 8, I'm not 100% confident it could be done (i.e., you may need GRUB or a Windows 7 bootloader in order to boot the Windows 8 partition). Has anyone tried this?