Most of the Mac computers can run Windows 10 in a dual boot environment with the help of Boot Camp. When the Mac starts up, you can choose between booting into macOS and booting into Windows on the same computer. Running Windows on a Mac with Boot Camp provides better performance than running Windows 10 in a Virtual Machine.
Essentials for running Windows 10 on Mac with Boot Camp
- There should be adequate free disk space. Using a Boot Camp install of Windows 10 needs a lot of free hard disk space.
- You require a minimum of 64GB or so for Windows alone. You need to maintain plenty of space for Mac OS too.
- You need to have a full backup prior to beginning this process.
- You need to update your Mac’s OS to ensure there are no compatibility problems.
Download the Windows 10 ISO file
You need to grab a Windows 10 ISO file from the Microsoft website. You can download it to your internal hard drive. Follow the below steps:
- You need to navigate to the Microsoft Windows 10 ISO download page.
- Then click the dropdown menu below and select edition.
- Then click Windows 10 in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update section.
- When it is installed, you can download the Creators Update through Windows.
- Then click Confirm.
- Then click the dropdown menu below and select the product language.
- You need to click your language of choice.
- Then click Confirm.
- Then click 64-bit Download.
- Then click Save. The ISO file is downloaded.
Install Windows 10 with Boot Camp
When you downloaded a Windows 10 ISO, you need to follow the below steps:
- You need to launch Boot Camp Assistant from the utility folder in Applications.
- Then click Continue. Boot Camp automatically locates the ISO file on your system.
- Then click and drag the slider in the partition section. It set to 48GB by default. But you can add as much storage as you need within the limits of the drive.
- Then click Install and download the Windows support software.
- Then type your password.
- You need to click OK. Your Mac restarts and you see the Windows 10 setup screen.
- Then choose your language and then click Install Now.
- You need to type your product key or click I don’t have a key. You can type this after the installation.
- Then click Custom: Install Windows Only.
- Then click Drive 0 Partition X: BOOTCAMP. Do not choose anything else.
- Then click Next and install Windows 10. Your Mac restarts several times during the process.
- When the Windows 10 setup screen appears, you can either customize your Installation or click Use Express Settings.
- You need to type a username and a password and then click Next.
- Windows 10 now boot fully and you can be able to use Windows normally.
Also Read: How to Take Screenshots in Windows 10
Install Boot Camp software on Windows 10 partition
When Windows 10 installed for the first time on your Mac, a Boot Camp software installer automatically pop up. Follow the below steps:
- You need to click Install.
- Then the installation starts.
- Then click on Finish.
This is an important process because it installs a group of drivers and software.
Updating Windows 10 and more
Now, you have Windows 10 installed on your Mac, you can update it to the Creators Update. The simplest way to do so is to use Windows Update. Follow the below steps to updating Windows 10 and more:
- You need to click the Start button.
- Then click the Settings button.
- And Then Click Update & security.
- Then click Check for updates.
Switching between macOS and Windows
Boot Camp enables you to choose the operating system you want to boot up to use during system start. You need to select either Windows or Mac OS as required. Follow the below steps to switch between macOS and Windows:
- You should restart the Mac. Then hold down the OPTION key on the keyboard until you see the drive boot options
- And Then select Boot Camp at the drive options to load Windows
- Then select Macintosh HD or your Mac drives names to load Mac OS.
- You can change the boot drive from the macOS system preference panel for Startup Disk.
You can remove a Windows Boot Camp partition from Mac with the same Boot Camp Assistant tool you used to install Windows on the Mac. If required, you can reset Windows 10 to factory settings within Boot Camp. You can reinstall Windows 10 within Boot Camp too.