Open Boot Camp Assistant , then click Continue. The next step is to partition your hard drive. IDG Move the slider to give your Windows partition more or less space. Remember that any space you assign will be taken from the available space for your Mac, and that macOS will run more efficiently if you leave at least 30 to 40GB of space free on its partition. We recommend a 5GB margin at minimum. Windows will now start to install. The Boot Camp Installer should then appear in a new window.
Accept the terms of the license agreement and it will start installing any necessary drivers. If you installed Windows 10, you should also use Apple Software Update to prevent known driver issues. IDG In the top box, select all of the available updates and then click Install items. You can also choose to install New Software , like iCloud, if you want.
Windows will ask if you want to allow Apple Software Update to make changes, click Yes.
Click OK and your Mac should now reboot into a fully functioning version of Windows 10! Installing Windows on pre Macs While Macs from pre can still run Windows, the installation process is slightly more complex. Click Applications and then go into Utilities. Click Continue to begin setup. This software will allow you to install the most current drivers for Windows. Now click Continue. IDG If asked for your administrative credentials, fill them in. Then press Enter to start downloading the software.
But it's still a Windows world, and once in a while you need to live in it. Maybe you need a Windows machine for that one work-related application, or you want to play a few games that aren't available for macOS. Whatever the reason, there are a few simple ways to run Windows on your Mac.
How to get Windows on Mac
Here's how to make it work. There are two main ways to run another operating system on your computer: you can dual boot the two systems, splitting your hard drive into two partitions and running one operating system at a time, or you can virtualize one of them, allowing you to run one system inside the other, simultaneously. There are pros and cons to both options, so you'll have to pick the right one for your needs.
Dual booting is great because it gives each operating system the full resources of your computer. When you want to run Windows, you just reboot into Windows, and Windows has percent of those resources available to it as well. Rebooting may be a hassle, but this approach is great for gaming, video editing , or other resource-intensive tasks where you need all the power you can get.
Dual Boot vs. Virtualization
Virtualization , on the other hand, allows you to run both operating systems at the same time, which is much more convenient if you just need to run a single program for work alongside your other Mac apps. When doing so, though, you'll have to split your computer's CPU and RAM between both operating systems, which means everything will run a little slower while both are booted up.
Obviously, you'll notice the slowdown less if you have a powerful iMac compared to a low-powered MacBook Air. Dual booting is always free, while virtualization can cost money, depending on what you use. In this guide, we'll show you a free option—VirtualBox—and a paid option, known as Parallels. Parallels can even dual boot and virtualize the same Windows installation, so you get the best of both worlds.
Note that you'll also need a Windows license for both options, which may cost money if you don't already have one lying around. You'll enter your key during installation, or shortly after, to activate Windows. If you don't have a Windows disc handy, you can freely download the latest version using Microsoft's Media Creation Tool right now.
Just follow the on-screen instructions, choosing to download an ISO when asked, and save it somewhere safe before proceeding through the following steps. Apple's simple Boot Camp wizard will walk you through the entire process of dual booting your system. I highly recommend backing your system up now, to ensure you don't lose any important data when partitioning the drives. Boot Camp's setup should be pretty self-explanatory, and the default options should work for most people.
You will, however, have to decide how to split up your hard drive. Windows requires at least 32GB of hard drive space , but you'll definitely want to give it more to allow room for programs, documents, and any future Windows updates it'll download. I'm giving mine 60GB of space, which is tight but usable. You will be fine with installing the modified Radeon drivers from bootcampdrivers.
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