Sometimes you only need Windows. It's not something Apple would admit, and for the most part MacOS has done an admirable job of keeping up with its less stylish and more utilitarian cousin, but sometimes you just need access to a Windows 10 computer, whether that's now to run a specific app or play your favorite game. Fortunately, as Apple always said, "There's an app for that."
Apple's customized solution is called Boot Camp, and it's the easiest way to get Windows on your Mac without resorting to dark rituals and eldritch sorcery. So here's how to install Windows 1
Step 1: Confirm the requirements of your Mac
Before you begin, make sure that your Mac has the available disk space and hardware that is required to handle the Windows installation via Boot Camp. In addition, make sure that all the latest updates are complete before you begin.
First, the installation requires an Intel-based Mac from 2012-2015 or later (see Apple's support page for more information). If you use an old Mac, you also need a blank external USB drive that can hold up to 16 GB of data (these are our favorites); If your Mac is from 2015 or later (or you are using a 2013 Mac Pro), you do not need a USB drive. You can connect the hard drive during preparation if it is not connected yet.
Second, the Mac that you want to use for installation must have at least 64 GB of free disk space on the boot disk (although Apple recommends that you have 128 GB for "The Best Experience"). Most Mac devices from 2012 and later will work, but MacBooks from before 2015 are unlikely to have enough space. Apple provides a handy list of system requirements for different Mac models with the version of Boot Camp that your system needs to complete a Windows installation. Note that if you use an iMac Pro or Mac Pro with 128 GB (or more), your startup disk must have at least as much free space as your Mac has RAM.
Step 2: Buy a copy of Windows
Fortunately, purchasing Windows 10 has never been easier : just go to the Windows Store. You can choose to purchase a digital copy that you must download (and then download this tool to create a
If you get an option, always choose the ISO file that should be available for download, even if you have purchased a physical version of Windows 10: the flash drive option is often time-consuming and unnecessary, and should only be used if you have compatibility issues with a download.
Step 3: Open Boot Camp
Now that you have an installation drive for Windows 10, it's time to open the MacOS Boot Camp Assistant. To do this, click Go> Utility & # 39; s in the menu bar of your Mac and then open Boot Camp Assistant in the list.
Once the app is opened, an introductory screen provides information about the application and also suggests backing up your data before proceeding with the Windows installation – we highly recommend it. Click on Continue through to continue to the next screen.
Now it's time to install Windows. You must choose the location of the Windows ISO file – click on Select to find it. You must also decide how large the Windows partition on the internal disk of your Mac should be. Remember that it must be at least 64 GB (although Apple recommends 128 GB if you can miss so much). Choose wisely because you cannot change this after you have installed Windows and then click on Install. Boot Camp Assistant will now get started creating the Windows partition and downloading Windows support software.
Step 4: Format the Windows partition
After the & # 39; s drivers are installed, the next step is to format the Boot Camp partition so that it can install Windows correctly. As soon as Boot Camp Assistant has finished creating the partition, you will be prompted for your administrator password. Then restart your Mac and load the Windows installer. Follow the steps in the installation program, enter your product key and choose the correct version of Windows to install.
Note that you may be asked where you want to install Windows – select the partition BOOTCAMP and click Format . However, Apple recommends that in most cases the correct partition is automatically selected and formatted. You must also disconnect all connected devices – external storage stations, monitors, etc. – that are not required for installation.
Step 5: Install Windows driver & # 39; s and choose your startup disk