Windows 10 OS on your Mac: In case you’re wondering if you can use Windows OS on your Mac, yes definitely you can, one of the best options is to install Windows using Bootcamp. Apple has benchmark hardware and you can use it running all the Windows desktop applications and enjoy the experience. No matter whether it is a simple software like text editor, developing a tool or gaming experience.
You can simply switch your Mac to Windows desktop and start using it like any other Windows PC. You can do partitions of the hard disc space and allocate memory like you do, save your content in the drives you create and much more.
How you can Set up Windows on your Mac
What do you need to install Windows on your Mac
You can neither simply install Windows on all Mac devices nor all the Windows OS can be installed on Apple devices. Apple allows Windows 10 to install on Mac devices, and here is the list of Mac devices supported.
MacBook Air (2012 or later)
Mac Book Pro (2012 or later)
MacBook (2015 or later)
Mac mini Server (late 2012)
Mac mini (2012 or later)
Mac Pro (late 2013)
iMac Pro (2017)
iMac (2012 or later)
If you have any of the devices from the list, you can well set up Windows OS on your device. Apple has officially launched the instructions of installing the Windows 10 OS on its products in the form of documentation. It can be installed using Bootcamp.
You need to make sure that there is 64 GB or more space is available free on your Mac. This space on the hard drive will be used for installing Windows, creating partitions on the disk. Partition size can be kept by the user based on their choices as long as free space covered can be utilized.
If there is enough space and you have a device that supports Windows OS installation, you need to update your Mac to make sure there are no compatibility issues later on. Also, you need to take a back up of your Mac so that you can reduce the chances of losing your data to zero in any case unavoidable circumstances occur. However, there are hardly any chances, but it is good if you keep the backup.
How to back up your Mac?
You can take a local backup of your data on the same device. It is same as copying your data on the device as a copy and you can access it at any time. You can keep this backed up data up to date so that there are minimal chances of data loss in any case of SSD failure. Users’ both original and backed up data remains at the same place on the hard drive, where it is continuously updated. In case of any loss of data in the actual data, it can be restored easily.
There are a couple of easy ways for creating a backup of your data on your device. One of the most popular, very first and Apple’s in-built Time Machine software. It is an in-built software therefore you do not need to buy any software for creating a backup. This software is also supported and compatible with third party or external mass storage devices. You can follow more about the documentation on Apple Support and follow step by step procedure for creating backup.
How to Download and Windows source file, i.e. Windows 10 ISO file?
Windows 10 ISO file can be obtained from the Microsoft website. You can simply go to the website, select Windows 10 ISO file, and download the file on your Mac’s internal drive. Here are the steps and visual presentation.
- Visit the Microsoft website and navigate to the Microsoft Windows 10 ISO file page on the website.
- As the next step, you can select the dropdown menu to view all the options available for your device.
- Select the Windows 10 option in the Anniversary Update section provided for Windows 10. Additionally, you can also download the Updates from Creators on your Mac once you have installed Windows.
- Click on the confirm button.
- Select the dropdown menu options to confirm the language of the product you want to install. There are several languages options available and you can select any language of your choice for installing the Windows 10 on device.
- Select confirm option to initiate the downloading ISO file for your Mac.
- You finally need to confirm the bit option that you want to download.
These are the easy steps you can follow for downloading the ISO file on your Mac device.
How to install Windows 10 with Bootcamp?
After downloading the Windows 10 ISO file on your Mac, you can follow the below steps for installation.
Firstly go to the launcher and select the Applications
Find the Bootcamp Assistant and download it from the Applications.
On selecting ‘Continue‘ option, Bootcamp will automatically locate your downloaded Windows ISO file.
As the next step, you go to the partition section and drag the slider. For better and optimum performance, you can select 48 GB space to allocate to the Windows 10 OS on your Mac. This selected space will be dedicated to Windows 10 OS, and store as well as install any Windows software or desktop application in the space created during this step. The default space allocated is 48 GB, but you can add to the space making it your choice.
Now, you need to click on the Install button and it will start downloading the Windows support software on the Mac device.
Further, on selecting the next option it will prompt your Mac password screen and you can enter it to proceed further.
Once the above step is done, you can click the OK button. It will restart your Mac device, so you need to keep in mind that there is no manual turnoff or else you will need to repeat the steps.
Next to restarting, it will ask the language you want to install Windows OS with.
Now, you need to click on the Install Now
It will ask to enter the product key, so type the appropriate product key or need to proceed with ‘I don’t have the product key’ In the latter case, you can enter the key once Windows is installed and activate the OS.
You can select either of Windows 10 or Windows 10 Pro as you like, and proceed further clicking the Next
Out of recommended or Custom options, you can proceed to select the Custom install, which is Install Windows only.
Click on the option ‘Drive 0 Partition X: Bootcamp’. You need not choose any other option in this step.
Once the above step is done, you can click Next and it will start installing Windows 10 on your Mac. It may restart a few times while the installation process.
Now when Windows 10 set up screen appears while the installation process, you can Customize Your Installation or can click on the Use Express Settings. Generally, we prefer to express settings in order to install Windows quickly and the custom settings can be selected and entered once Windows is installed on your Mac.
It will further ask you Username and Password. You can enter your choice here.
Click on the Next button and then you will be having an option to use Cortana. You can also leave out the option of using Cortana.
Once this has been completed, Windows 10 will boot and you can then start using it.
How to install Bootcamp software on Windows 10 partition?
Whenever Windows 10 loads on the Mac device, Bootcamp software will automatically pop-up for the user. The Bootcamp installer can be proceeded with the below steps and make a smooth experience of Windows on your Mac.
Here are the steps:
- Once the installer is popped-up, you need to click Install.
- As the next step, you need to accept the terms of the License Agreement.
- You need to select Install and allow Bootcamp installation on Windows partition.
- Once installed, you need to Finish once the installation process is completed.
Installing the Bootcamp software is an important process for using Windows on the Mac device. Bootcamp allows installing required drivers and software packages to make a good user experience while using Windows on Apple hardware.
How to switch to macOS from Windows?
Bootcamp allows easy switching from Windows to macOS and vice-versa. You can switch back and forth in between both the operating systems on the device.
Here are the steps for returning to macOS:
- On your Windows 10 taskbar, you can simply click on the Show hidden icons.
- Select Boot Camp option from the hidden icons.
- Menu options with one of the options as Restart in OS X will show up.
- Click on this option and you will return to macOS.
Once in return to OS X option is clicked, your Mac will restart and it will start as normal macOS.
Now, to switch between the OS from macOS to Windows OS, you will need to restart your Mac. While restarting, you can simply hold on the Options key unless the Boot Camp option appears on the screen. The Boot Camp option will always have both the options while starting itself. You can choose whether you want to load macOS or Windows OS.
Updating Windows 10
Now, as you have installed Windows 10 on your Mac, you can install any new update for Windows OS from Creators. Updating Windows to Creators Update, the easiest option is to do the Windows update. You can follow the below steps doing so:
Make sure you have loaded Windows OS. You will not be able to update the Windows OS from macOS.
Click on the Start button on Windows.
Click on the Update and Security option.
As the next step, you can select Check for Updates in the Windows Update screen followed by the above step.
Once selected, the Creators Update will start downloading from Microsoft and subsequently installed on the device. You will be able to update your Windows this way.
Summarizing everything, in this blog we learn to install Windows 10 on all the compatible Mac devices. First, you need to check whether you will be able to install Windows 10 or not as not all Mac devices support Windows.
Generally the MacBook Pro, Air, Mac mini later than 2012 support and iMac later to 2015 supports Windows installation as an alternate OS. You firstly need to download the Windows ISO file from Microsoft website on your Mac. As a second step, you also need to download Boot Camp software in case you already do not have it. When you launch Boot Camp, the software will automatically locate the ISO file. You can select it and authenticating the admin access, you can further proceed in installing the Windows OS.
Windows OS will be installed as a general procedure we have on Windows devices and you can go through all the options based on your preferences. Once this is installed, allow restarting your Mac and you can enjoy Windows OS. You can also switch back and forth from Windows OS to macOS while restarting and using Boot Camp.
Hope you find this blog useful for using installing Windows 10 OS on your Mac. If you have any query relating Apple, iPhone and Android features, please feel free to jot down anything, we will surely get back to you. For some more helpful blogs, enjoy reading our interesting blogs on your favorite topics.
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