How To Install Windows On Mac? Check Our Step-by-step Guide
It sounds ironic but sometimes iOS creates so many integration-related issues that people think about installing Windows on Mac. Also, most people who have been working on Windows for years, rather choose Windows than iOS. Keeping the same in mind, we have created this guide elaborating on how to Install Windows on Mac. Every piece of information below is important, therefore, we suggest you read carefully to successfully install and enjoy windows on your Mac.
Be it Mac vs Windows or Windows vs Mac, with Boot Camp, you can install Microsoft Windows on your Mac, then enjoy smooth switching between macOS and Windows at the time of start.
As of now, this practice has been well-established and Windows can now work on Mac. In the following phase, you will get to know more about how to install windows on Mac.
Before Downloading Windows-
[ * Installing windows on a Mac can result in Software Conflicts. That’s why you are advised to check your Mac for outdated apps and remove all of them.]
Boot Camp for Mac vs Virtualization Software
So, if you want to install Windows on your Mac, you’ll get two options. You can either use Mac Boot Camp software, which is a native feature of macOS, or you can simply use a third-party virtualization program. Both have their own good and bad, so let’s check how it is.
Boot Camp: It is a built-in feature of all Macs, that allows you to download, install, and switch between macOS and Windows. You can find it on your Mac by going to the Application > Utilities folder. It simply divides your hard disk into two parts for downloading and installing Windows. Once you install Windows on your Mac, Boot Camp will ask you to choose between macOS and Windows at the time, you’ll start your Mac.
Yes, you’ll need to reboot your system to switch from macOS to Windows.
Pros of Boot Camp:
Built-in Your Mac’s Operating System
Easy-to-use - it assists you in installing and running Windows
Don’t affect Mac’s storage and processing capabilities
It’s available for free
Easy to update
Cons of Boot Camp:
To switch between macOS and Windows, you will be asked to reboot your system.
The data transferring process between both OS is complicated.
Virtualization Programs: These all are third-party applications that allow users to install a separate operating system on your Mac. They simply run like an additional app on your macOS to allow you to see an entire windows desktop on your Mac.
Some of the most popular virtualization programs to install Windows on your Mac includes VirtualBox, Parallels, and VMware. Each of these has unique peculiarities, here are common features which they have in common.
Pros of Virtualization Programs:
Using virtualization programs, you can run both macOS and Windows at the same time.
It allows easy file integration between systems.
Cons of Virtualization Programs:
You’ll need at least 8 GB of RAM for Mac to run both operating systems smoothly.
Virtualization programs can be expensive, depending on various features.
All the updates are paid.
Based on your individual requirements, you can choose from multiple options that suit you better. But, we have compared both and found that Boot Camp is way more effective than virtualization programs. Additionally, it’s a free native feature of your operating system, working directly on your system’s hardware. That’s why it will be faster than anything else. Below is everything to help you run Windows on Mac.
All You’ll Need to Install Windows on Your Mac!
Note: Boot Camp software will require a Mac with an Intel Processor to work efficiently. You can download and run Windows in the following Mac versions.
MacBook 2015 or later
MacBook Air 2012 or later
MacBook Pro 2012 or later
Mac Mini 2012 or later
iMac 2012 or later
iMac Pro (All Models)
Mac Pro 2013 or later
The latest macOS updates include the latest versions of Boot Camp Assistant. You can use this software to install & run Windows 10 on tour Mac. Here are storage-related specs that you will need to install Windows.
You can install windows on Mac with 64GB storage as well, but at least 128GB free storage is required to provide the best-in-class experience.
If you want to install Windows on an iMac Pro or Mac Pro of 128GB storage, your main disk will still need as much free space as the memory of your Mac.
You can also use a USB flash drive with a storage capacity of a minimum of 16GB or more unless your Mac requires a flash drive to install Windows.
A 64-bit version of Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro is required on a disk image (ISO) or other installation media. If you’re installing Windows on your Mac for the very first time, it should be a full version of Windows, not an upgraded or short one.
If you have Windows on a USB flash drive, Windows products key without installation disc, you can download a Windows 10 disk image from Microsoft.
If you have a DVD to install Windows, you will need to create a disk image of the DVD.
That’s you will need to install Windows on Mac. Check out the following sections to know the process in detail.
Step-by-step Guide: How to Install Windows 10 on Mac
You are recommended to use Boot Camp to install Windows on your Mac. The software will be available on your Mac.
1. Open Your Secure Boot Camp Settings
Here’s how to check Secure Boot Settings. The default setting of Boot Camp comes with full security. But, if you switched it to no security, change it back to Full Security before installing windows on Mac. Once you install Windows, you can use either 0f the Secure Boot Settings without affecting your ability to start from Windows.
2. Leverage Boot Camp Assistant to Separate Windows in Parts
Just start with opening Boot Camp Assistant, which you can find in the Utilities folder in your Applications folder. To check more, follow the on-screen instructions.
If you ever asked to insert a USB driver during the process, plug in the USB flash drive into your Mac. Boot Camp Assistant will then use it to create a bootable USB drive for installing Windows.
Keep the previous storage requirements in the mind, when Boot Camp Assistant asks you to set the size of the Windows during partition. Set a size that meets your storage requirements, because you cannot change its size later.
3. Format Windows (Boot Camp) Partition
When Boot Camp Assistant completes, your Mac will continue to Install Windows. If the installer asks you to choose where to install Windows, select Boot Camp partition and click format as well. In most cases, the installer does it automatically.
4. Install Windows
You are advised to unplug all the unnecessary devices that are not required during the installation. Now, click next to follow the on-screen instructions to start installing Windows.
5. Use the Boot Camp Installer in Windows
After Windows installation finishes, your Mac will start in Windows and a “Welcome to the Boot Camp Installer” Windows will come up. Check the following instructions to install Boot Camps and Windows Support Software. Though, you will be asked to reboot when it’s done.
If the Boot Camp Installer doesn’t open automatically, you can open it manually and use it to complete the Windows installation.
If you have connected an external display to your Mac using Thunderbolt 3 Port, the display might go blank, white, black, or Zig-zagged for a while during installation.
That’s how to install Windows on Mac. Now, you can perform your task on your favorite operating system. If you wonder how to switch between Windows and macOS, here it is. You just need to restart your Mac, then press & hold the Option (Alt) key throughout the startup to switch between Windows and macOS.
Though we’ve mentioned everything in detail, you can drop your queries in the comments.
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