We can not always count on programs made especially for the Mac since many of them are made for Windows and are not adapted to Mac OSX. For these cases, if the method of running Windows programs does not work, you can always create a partition and install the complete Microsoft system on your Mac using Bootcamp.
Bootcamp is a native Mac program to install another operating system, all quickly and simply, which do not give a headache to laypeople. Without further ado, here’s how to install Windows on your Mac!
Step 1 – See if your computer is compatible
Not every Mac is compatible with Windows, so you need to take some care and confirm some information. The official Apple website recommends the following configuration:
- An Intel-based Mac
- A Microsoft Windows installation disk or media (ISO) image containing a 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows 8 or later *
- An Apple keyboard, mouse or trackpad or a USB keyboard and mouse
- At least 55 GB of free disk space on the boot drive
- On some Mac models, you also need a USB flash drive of 16 GB or more that is empty
- All right? Let’s go to the next step.
Step 2 – Download Windows 10
Having a compatible computer on hand, it’s time to prepare Windows 10 for installation. Before that is necessary to have at hand an ISO file, which is nothing more than the digital version of a system installation CD. For those who do not have a copy of Windows 10, just download the file from the official Microsoft website. Remembering that doing so does not eliminate the need for an original Windows 10 (serial) license.
Step 3 – Open the Bootcamp Wizard
With a compatible computer and Windows 10 ISO downloaded, now it’s time to open Boot Camp and set everything up. To do this, just hit the Command + Space combination or simply go to the Loupe in the upper right corner of the screen and type ” Boot Camp “. Click the first option.
You will see a screen similar to this one. Read everything carefully and click Continue.
WARNING: Before continuing the process, back up your most important files. It is very difficult to have a problem with the installation, but it is always good to be aware.
Step 4- Prepare the pen drive and files
Now is the time to insert your 8GB or more. Wait for the system to recognize it on the desktop and then continue the installation. You will see this image below. Leave all options selected and click Continue.
The next screen will prompt you to insert the Windows ISO and format the Pendrive. Click Browse and select the ISO that you downloaded from the Microsoft Web site.
The ISO files will be transferred to the pen drive and ready. It is ready to install Windows on your Mac.
Step 5 – Adjust the Partitions and Install
After you have all the files on your pen drive, click Continue and you will see a screen like this below.
Here you will select the size of partitions, basically how much memory each operating system will have. Choose the one that is best for you or click Divide Equally / Divide Equally so that both systems have the same hard disk size.
Then click Install and Windows will start to be installed on your Mac. From there it will take some time and even restart itself. Let him work without interruption.
After restarting, the computer will enter the Windows installation screen. Now just follow the steps normally, but if you look at a detail: click the Bootcamp disk when you choose the Windows installation location.
Step 6 – Enjoy!
And that’s it. You should now have a Mac running Windows and OSX at the same time. To exit from one system to another simply reboot the machine and choose which system you want to run at startup.
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