Windows and macOS are the two most popular operating systems which power computer and laptops. Their competition is quite similar to that of Android vs. iOS. While Windows and Android overwhelmingly dominate the market share, they are not as advanced and superior as macOS and iOS.
If you are a Mac user and wish to try Windows on your computer, there is a way you can get it done. The process is very simple if you meet the system requirements– thanks to Boot Camp. Most significantly, you can easily switch between Windows and macOS. Does it sound exciting to you? Let me walk you through the steps to install Windows on your Mac!
Things to note before you start
- Make sure you have an Intel-based Mac.
- You must have Microsoft Windows installation media or disk image (ISO) consisting of a 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows 8 or later.
- You need to have minimum 55 GB of free disk space on your startup drive.
- For most Mac models, you require a blank 16 GB or larger USB flash drive.
- Following are the models which you use the internal drive to temporarily store what you require to install Windows. Hence, they don’t need a USB flash drive.
- MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015)
- MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)
- MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015)
- MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015)
- MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016)
- iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, Late 2015)
- iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2015)
- iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2015)
- iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Mid 2015)
- Mac Pro (Late 2013)
- As a few versions of Windows require a certain processor, you will need to have more hard drive space and memory (RAM).
- Make sure to check the documentation which came with your copy of Windows to get to know what you need.
- Through system information, you can find out what your Mac currently has.
- Windows come as a disk image file (ISO) which you download, or as an installation disc or USB flash drive.
- In case the copy of Windows came on a DVD, you may require creating a disk image of it to work with Boot Camp.
- In case your version of Windows came on a USB flash drive, have the option to download an ISO from Microsoft.
How to install Windows on Mac using Boot Camp
Step #1. Head over to Apple’s Boot Camp support page to check if updates are available for your model. Download and install it if available. To do so, click Apple menu → Software Update. Make sure to backup important data on your Mac just to ensure it is secured.
Close all the open applications. Then, you need to open a Finder window and click Applications → Utilities.
In the Utilities folder, double-click Boot Camp Assistant to launch the assistant. Boot Camp Assistant will take you through the initial process.
Step #2. Click Continue to get started.
When prompted, Download the Windows support software for your Mac. It will let you install the most current drivers for Windows. Click Continue.
If you are asked to enter your administrative credentials, fill them in. Press Enter to start downloading the software. Once the download completes, save the files to a flash drive or on a disc.
Step #3. After the software has been downloaded, you will be asked to create a Windows partition on your hard drive. You have the option to decide how much hard-drive space you want to allocate to your Windows partition.
To do so, adjust the slider to offer Windows partition free space.
- After the partitioning has been completed, and your hard drive is battle ready to support Windows. Now, install the Windows operating system.
- Insert your Windows installation disc into your Mac optical drive. Make sure you have the full copy of Microsoft Windows.
- Click the Start Installation button. Your Mac will reboot and start the installation of Windows.
- Now, follow the assistant to complete a normal Windows installation.
- When asked to do an upgrade or custom installation, you need to select the custom option.
- When prompted, Where do you want to install Windows? Choose the partition labeled BOOTCAMP. Then select Drive options (advanced), and choose Format.
Install Windows Drivers
- Having installed Windows, it’s time to install the drivers you have just downloaded.
- Now, you need to eject the Windows disc to remove it from your computer.
- In case the eject button is not working on your Mac keyboard, click Start → Computer, and then right-click the optical drive and click Eject to remove the disc.
- Then, you have to insert the flash drive or disc containing the Windows drivers.
- Click Start → Computer, and double-click to open the disc or flash drive. In Boot Camp folder, double-click setup.exe to install the Windows drivers for your Mac. Follow instructions to complete the installation process.
- Once Windows has been installed, you can use the Startup Disk preference pane in macOS, or the Boot Camp system tray item in Windows to choose your startup disk.
Once you are done, restart your computer.
How to Choose Between Windows and macOS on Mac
Once you have both the operating systems on your Mac, you can easily choose between Windows and macOS.
Step #1. Simply hold down the Option key while turning on the computer or during a restart.
Step #2. Now, you should use the OS-selection menu. Double-clicking either macOS or Windows to choose.
Now, enjoy Windows on your Mac.
How to Uninstall Windows 10 on Mac
Later, if you no longer want to use Windows on your Mac, you can easily uninstall it and restore the disk to a single partition.
Step #1. Start your Mac in macOS. Quit all apps and log out all users.
Step #2. Next, you need to open Boot Camp Assistant and click Continue. Now, select “Remove Windows 7 or later version” and click Continue.
Step #3. Click restore.
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