As a MAC user, the biggest drawback is the unavailability of Windows on your MACs. Although there are various means through which one can install Windows, in this article we mention about one of the most accurate and easy means – Boot Camp.
Boot Camp – The Easy Windows 10 Installation On Mac!
Boot Camp is in fact Apple’s easiest custom-tailored solution for this Windows problem. So here’s how to install Windows 10 on a Mac with minimal fuss and danger!
Stage 1: Confirmation of your Mac’s requirements –
Before getting started, make sure your Mac has the available disk space and hardware necessary to handle the Windows install via Boot Camp. Make sure all the latest updates are completed before you begin!
- First, the install requires an Intel-based Mac from 2012-2015 or later (see Apple’s support page for more info) and an empty external USB drive capable of holding up to 16 GB of data.
Note that, you can connect the hard drive when preparing if it is not already connected.
- Second, the Mac you intend to use for the install needs to have at least 64 GB of free disk space on the startup drive; although Apple recommends having 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 system requirements list for various Mac models which details the version of Boot Camp your system requires to complete a Windows install.
Stage 2: Buy your Windows Copy –
Luckily, acquiring Windows 10 has never been easier. Just head over to the Windows Store.
You can choose to purchase a digital copy, which you’ll need to download; and then download this tool to create a Windows 10 disk image; or you can also purchase a Windows 10 flash drive which Microsoft will ship to you.
Note – If given an option, always choose the ISO file; which should be available for download even if you bought a physical version of Windows 10: The flash drive option tends to be time-consuming and unnecessary; and should only be used if you have compatibility issues with a download.
Stage 3: The Magical Boot Camp Assistant –
Now that you’ve got an install drive of your desired Windows operating system (you can even download the October 2018 update version), it’s time to open the MacOS Boot Camp Assistant. To do this, simply click Go > Utilities in your Mac’s menu bar, then open Boot Camp Assistant from the list.
Once the app opens, an introductory screen offers information on the application and also suggests creating a backup of your data before continuing with the Windows install;
Note that this backing up process is indeed very necessary. Once done, click on Continue to advance to the next screen.
Now it’s time to start installing Windows. You will have to choose the location of the Windows ISO file — click Choose to find it. You should also decide what size the Windows partition should be on your Mac’s internal drive.
Remember that it needs to be at least 64 GB (although Apple recommends 128 GB if you can spare that much). Choose wisely, as you won’t be able to change this after you’ve installed Windows, then click Install. Boot Camp Assistant now gets to work creating the Windows partition and downloading Windows support software.
Stage 4: Formatting the Windows partition –
After the drivers complete installing, the next step is to format the Boot Camp partition so that it can install Windows correctly. Once Boot Camp Assistant has finished creating the partition, it will ask for your administrator password, then restart your Mac and load up the Windows installer. Follow the steps in the installer, entering your product key and choosing the correct version of Windows to install.
Note that you may be prompted where to install Windows — select the BOOT CAMP partition, then click on Format.
However, Apple advises that in most cases, the correct partition will be selected and formatted automatically. You’ll also need to unplug any connected devices — external storage drives, monitors, etc — that aren’t necessary for the installation.
Stage 5: Installation of Windows drivers and selection of your startup disk –
When the Windows installer has finished, your Mac will load into Windows and the Boot Camp Assistant will open up. Click on Next, then on Install; and Boot Camp Assistant will begin downloading and installing the necessary Windows drivers. When it’s done, click Finish and your Mac will restart and load back into Windows.
You’ll want to make sure your copy of Windows is as up to date as possible, so click in the Windows 10 search bar and type Check for updates, then click the first result. In the Settings window that opens, click Check for updates and let it download and install them all. This will take a while, but is an important step!
If you want to load into MacOS by default and switch to Windows when you need it, restart your Mac, then immediately press and hold the Option key (labelled Alt on some Mac keyboards) until the Startup Manager screen appears. Here you can choose whether to load up MacOS or Windows (labelled as Boot Camp). Click on your partition of choice, then click the arrow underneath it or press Return.
On the other hand, if you would prefer to always load into Windows, head over to Startup Disk preferences (you can search for it using Spotlight or find it in System Preferences). Choose the startup disk housing Windows 10 so that from now on your Mac will start in Windows. Restart your computer entirely, and it should open onto the Windows screen.