You have a Mac but you want to run Windows OS? You are lucky as there is a tool, called Boot Camp released by Apple that Mac owners install and start their machines natively in Microsoft Windows. Just by a press of a button, you can then easily switch between Mac and Windows every time you boot up your Mac. If you feel like the Windows on your Mac, here is how to set up Boot Camp and install Windows.
Check system requirements
First of all, you will need to prepare a 64-bit Windows edition, depending on the age of your Mac. Those devices from mid-2012 and newer can work with Windows 8 and 10, while older models from early-2012 just work with Windows 7 and 8.
As different Windows versions have different system requirements for specs, so you need to double-check to ensure your system can run the edition smoothly. Here’s how to do that:
- Check the system requirements for the Windows version you plan on choosing: Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 7.
- On your Mac, click on Apple menu and select About This Mac.
- Compare your Mac’s specs for those listed in the Windows requirements.
- If your Mac doesn’t meet the requirements, you have to choose a compatible Windows version.
Ensure your Mac disk drive space
To use Boot Camp, it requires at least 55 GB of free space on the hard drive. To check hard drive space left on your Mac, simply click on the Apple menu and choose About This Mac.
Now, click on Storage to check how much free space on your hard drive.
If there is not enough 55 GB free, you need to delete or transfer files until it reaches the required space.
Before running Boot Camp, you are advised to back up all your important files.
- Click the Apple menu and click on App Store. Move to Updates tab and install any software updates for your macOS.
- Restart your computer when prompted. Once rebooted, check for software updates again.
- Since the space on your hard drive will be reallocated by Boot Camp, so you should back up any important data to avoid the corruption during the process.
How to Install Windows on Mac
Post-2015 Macs: Install Windows using an ISO file
It might be the easiest way to install Windows on your Mac, but it just supports for Macs from 2015 and higher. To do so
- Download a 64-bit Windows ISO file from Microsoft or other licensed distributors.
- Close all open applications on your Mac and then open a Finder. Click on Applications > Utilities folder.
- Launch Boot Camp Assistant > Continue.
- Select the right ISO Imagebox to locate your ISO file.
- Now, you need to partition your hard drive. Not at the slider representing your hard drive, and choose how much hard-drive space for your Windows partition.
- Move the slider to give more or less space for your Windows partition. Remember that you need enough space for Windows’ system files, and the software you plan on installing.
- Next, hit Install and your Mac will eventually boot into Windows’ setup.
- When the installation process asks for installing Windows, choose the drive labeled BOOTCAMP.
- Windows will then start the installation. You simply follow the onscreen instructions.
- You now reach Windows desktop and you will see the Boot Camp Installer in a new window. Simply accept the terms of the license agreement to start installing any necessary drivers. If you install Windows 10, you should use Apple Software Update to prevent driver issues.
- Choose all available updates and click on Install items.
- Once the installations complete, you are prompted to restart your Mac. Click OKand it will reboot into a fully functioning Windows 10 version.
To switch between MacOS and Windows partition, hold down the Option key during the bootup to choose your favorite OS system.
How to install Windows on pre-2015 Macs
The installation process on pre-2015 Macs is slightly more complex. The straightforward method is to use Boot Camp Assistant, but you can also use a drive or disc to flash it.
Use Boot Camp Assistant
- Close all applications and open a Finder Click on Applications > Utilities.
- From the Utilities folder, double-click on Boot Camp Assistant to open. Click on Continue to start setup.
- Download the latest Windows support software. This allows you to install the most current Windows drivers.
- If you are asked for administrative credentials, simply fill them in. Next, hit Enter to start downloading the software.
- Once the download is completed, the assistant will ask you to create a Windows partition on your hard drive.
- You then see a slider representing your hard drive. Select how much hard-drive amount for your Windows partition.
- Move the slider to give more or less free space for Windows partition. Remember that you need enough space for Windows’ system files, and the software you plan on installing.
- Next, click on Partition and OS X will start partitioning and rearranging your drive data, a process might need a few minutes.
How to install Windows from a flash drive or external optical drive
This method requires a bit of patience. All you need is to insert your Windows installation DVD into an external USB optical drive or a Windows flash drive.
- Once the media appears in Finder, click on Go and then select Utilities> Disk Utility.
- From Disk Utility, choose the USB optical drive or the flash drive
- Next, choose New Image and browse to the Windows DVD or flash drive.
- In the Image Format menu, select DVD/CD > None for encryption.
- Save the file and enter your username and password when prompted.
- Once it’s done, simply eject your Windows DVD or flash drive.
- With Finder, you now locate the disk image saved in step 6. Click on it to choose it and then hit Enter to rename the file.
- Return to Applications> Utilities, and open Boot Camp Assistant. Make sure to check the box: Create a Windows 8 or later version install disk and Install Windows 8 or later version.
- Locate the renamed ISO file and click on OK to start installing Windows.
That’s it! You have successfully installed Windows OS on your Mac. If you have any question, let’s know in the comment.