Sometimes you just need Windows. It's not something Apple would like to admit, and most of the time, MacOS has done an admirable job of sticking to its less attractive and more utilitarian cousin, but sometimes you just need access to a computer running Windows 10. Thank you, as Apple used to say, "there's an app for that."
Apple's tailor-made solution is called Boot Camp, and it's the easiest way to get Windows on your Mac without resorting to dark rituals and fire rituals. Here's how to install Windows 10 on a Mac with minimal hassle and danger!
Step 1: Confirm Your Mac Requirements
Before you begin, make sure your Mac has available hard disk space and hardware needed to manage the Windows installation via Boot Camp. Make sure all latest updates are done before you start!
First, the installation requires an Intel-based Mac computer and an empty external USB device that can hold up to 16GB of data (this is our favorite). You can connect the hard drive when you prepare it if it is not already connected.
Secondly, the Mac you intend to use for the installation must have at least 55 GB of free disk space in the boot. Most Macs from 2012 will work, but MacBooks from 2015 will not have enough space. Apple provides a useful system requirements list for various Mac models that describe the version of the Boot Camp system required to complete a Windows installation.
Step 2: Purchase a copy of Windows
Fortunately, it has not been easier to buy Windows 10. Just go to the Windows Store. You can choose to purchase a digital copy that you need to download (and then download this utility to create a Windows 10 disk image), or you can purchase a Windows 10 flash drive that Microsoft sends to you.
If you get an option, always select the ISO file, which should be available for download even if you purchased a physical version of Windows 10: The Flash option is usually 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 of the desired Windows operating system (you can also download the update version October 2018), it's time to open MacOS Boot Camp Assistant. To do this, just select the Utilities folder from your Mac application list and open Boot Camp Assistant .
When the program opens, an introductory screen provides information about the program and also suggests that you back up your data before continuing with the Windows installation. We strongly recommend that you do this. Click Continue to advance to the next screen.
Make sure both installation options are marked as above. At this point, Boot Camp Assistant copies your desired Windows operating system installer files from either one. ISO file, or a physical disk, on the connected USB device. Here, depending on your preference, you will probably need the connected external hard drive that we mentioned. Just choose the location for. ISO file and its intended destination (USB device) and click Continue. Next screen should say Copy Windows files … and can take a while to complete; be patient even if it looks like the progressive field is freezing.
When the next window is opened, Boot Camp Assistant allows you to choose where to save the Windows drivers and install support program files. Follow the on-screen instructions and make sure you have an Internet connection, select Continue when prompted. You may need to connect a blank external USB storage space depending on how the downloads progress and where you choose to download the Windows files.
Step 4: Creating a Partition for Windows
After the drivers are completed, the next step is to create a partition for the new Windows installation. By default, Boot Camp Assistant only allocates 55 GB of space for the Windows partition, which is enough to complete the installation, but hardly anything else.
To increase the GB limit of the Windows partition, simply slide the bar between the MacOS partition and the Windows partition until it assigns the desired amount of space. When you're done with this, click Install to complete the partition process.
Step 5: Installing Windows
With the split partition, Boot Camp Assistant now asks you to start installing the Windows operating system. After following some on-screen instructions, the installer asks which partition you want to install the Windows operating system on. Just select the partition marked BOOTCAMP and select Format. Continue to follow the installation wizard's commands and Windows will complete the installation in about 30 minutes.
When done, switch to Startup Disk settings (you can search for it using Spotlight or find it in System Settings] . Select the Windows 10 startup disk so your Mac will start in Windows from now on. If you're installing Windows on a brand new MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar, don't worry, you'll still be. Installing Windows on a brand new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar can get some functionality out of your OLED touchpad while running Windows. When you start up in Windows, your Touch Bar will retain some functionality, but not exactly the full range of MacOS. The Touch Bar still supports all MacBook's basic controls – brightness, volume, playback and pause – and at the touch of a button, it can switch to a regular line of F keys.
It is also worth noting many features may not work properly when using the Windows partition. Apple supports Windows 10 but you still notice a difference in performance. MacBook hardware is made for MacOS, so it's not always compatible with Windows 10, especially your TouchPad can be a little less responsive and some Apple-specific hardware stops working – like the TouchID sensor on the switch.