How to Install Windows 10 on a Mac Using Boot Camp

How to Install Windows 10 on a Mac Using Boot Camp

Looking for an authentic Windows experience on a Mac? Boot Camp is the way to go. You can use a VM like VirtualBox or Parallels, but you’ll be running Windows in a window.

With Boot Camp, you create a separate partition for Windows formatted to its specs. Installing apps is a breeze, and your Mac essentially becomes a PC. And trust me, a Mac is the best hardware for running Windows. Boot Camp-ing into Windows is simple and quick, taking only 30 minutes (depending on your internet speed for downloading Windows support data). So, with a fast internet connection and the Windows 10 ISO file ready, you can go from OS X to booting into Windows 10 in under 30 minutes.

Mac will take care of everything. Drivers, the biggest problem when installing Windows on hardware designed for Windows, is not an issue here. Boot Camp helper will install all relevant drivers once Windows 10 boots up. I’ve had worse experience when upgrading Windows on Windows hardware. Ok, let’s get started.

What Boot Camp means: When you install Windows 10 using Boot Camp, you’re installing it in a separate partition. OS X will still be there. You’re essentially dual booting OS X and Windows 10 this way. One important thing to note is that because both partitions will be formatted differently, they won’t be able to read or share data between partitions by default.

TL;DR – Here’s What You Need to Know

If you don’t have time to read the whole thing, here are the important points:

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– Back up your Mac using Time Machine or Dropbox.

– You’ll need a USB drive with at least 8 GB of free space.

– Download the 64-bit version of Windows 10 ISO file from Microsoft’s website. (32-bit won’t work).

– You’ll need the product key to activate Windows 10, but you can skip this step for now.

– Creating the bootable USB may take a while, so use the time to do some exercise or read our Windows 10 articles.

– While installing Windows 10, the Boot Camp drive will need to be formatted.

After it’s done, hold the Option key while booting up to bring up the boot menu. From here, select the partition to boot into. Before installing Windows 10, here’s everything important you need to know.

Get Started With Boot Camp

The Boot Camp Assistant app helps you create the bootable USB drive for Windows 10. Access it by typing “Boot Camp Assistant” in Spotlight or locating it in the Utilities folder in Applications.

How to Install Windows 10 on a Mac Using Boot Camp

Step 1: You’ll be greeted by an introduction. Select Continue here.

How to Install Windows 10 on a Mac Using Boot Camp

Step 2: Ensure that both “Create a Windows 7 or later version install disk” and “Install Windows 7 or later version” tasks are selected on the second “Select Tasks” screen. Then, click “Continue”. This will initiate the installation process once the USB drive is prepared.

How to Install Windows 10 on a Mac Using Boot Camp

Step 3: On the next screen, select the ISO file you downloaded. Boot Camp should have automatically detected it. If it didn’t, click on the Choose button and select it. Then click Continue.

How to Install Windows 10 on a Mac Using Boot Camp

Step 4: Boot Camp will inform you that the USB drive will be erased. Click Continue.

How to Install Windows 10 on a Mac Using Boot Camp

Step 5: Waiting is the hard part. Boot Camp will create the bootable drive and download the latest Windows support apps. Depending on your internet connection, this can take a long time. On my 3.5 Mbps connection, it took about 1 hour. So be patient and don’t quit the process even if the progress bar is stuck for a long time.

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How to Install Windows 10 on a Mac Using Boot Camp

Once the drive is ready, you’ll be asked for the password.

How to Install Windows 10 on a Mac Using Boot Camp

Step 7: Choose the size for the Windows partition. Keep it at least 30 GB. I have a 1 TB drive and intend to use Windows 10 extensively, so I selected 150 GB. Click “Install” to begin.

How to Install Windows 10 on a Mac Using Boot Camp

Installing Windows 10

Mac will boot up and display the Windows 10 symbol and a progress bar. Eventually, you will see the Windows Setup screen, which still has the Windows 7 theme.

Step 1: Choose the language, time, and keyboard format from the first screen.

How to Install Windows 10 on a Mac Using Boot Camp

Step 2: On the next screen, type in the Windows 10 key. You can skip this part right now if you want.

How to Install Windows 10 on a Mac Using Boot Camp

Step 3: Select the version of Windows 10 you want to install, such as Pro, based on the type of Windows 10 key you have.

How to Install Windows 10 on a Mac Using Boot Camp

Step 4: Click “I accept the license terms” and select “Next”.

How to Install Windows 10 on a Mac Using Boot Camp

Step 5: Click the partition drive labeled “BOOTCAMP” and select “FORMAT” to install Windows.

How to Install Windows 10 on a Mac Using Boot Camp

Step 6: From the pop-up, select OK.

How to Install Windows 10 on a Mac Using Boot Camp

Step 7: The partition will be formatted. The BOOTCAMP name will be gone. Select it and click Next.

How to Install Windows 10 on a Mac Using Boot Camp

Windows will install the OS. It will boot up a couple of times. Don’t worry about that.

How to Install Windows 10 on a Mac Using Boot Camp

Setting Up Windows 10

After installing Windows 10, you will be prompted to customize settings. Choose either “Use Express Settings” or “Customize settings.”

How to Install Windows 10 on a Mac Using Boot Camp

You will be prompted to provide a name and password for the computer.

How to Install Windows 10 on a Mac Using Boot Camp

After that, you’ll be in Windows 10.

But we’re not done yet. Installing drivers is left. Fortunately, you don’t need to do anything here. Boot Camp helper app will launch automatically.

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Step 1: Click Next when the Boot Camp installer shows up.

How to Install Windows 10 on a Mac Using Boot Camp

Step 2: Accept the license agreement and click Install.

How to Install Windows 10 on a Mac Using Boot Camp

Step 3: Go through the driver installation. Click Finish when it’s done.

Windows 10 setup is complete. Sign in to the Windows Store app with your Microsoft ID. Create one if you don’t have it. You’ll need it for features like Cortana.

Customize Windows 10: Customize the Start screen and learn about Mission Control-like window management in Windows 10. Switch the default browser from Microsoft Edge to Google Chrome (not as obvious as it should be).

Also, in Windows, the Command key is now the Windows key, and the Control key remains the Control key (the equivalent of the Command key in OS X).

What Made You Try Windows 10?

Running a Mac, I can attest that OS X is awesome. Why did you decide to try Windows 10 in Boot Camp? Share your experience with us in the forum.

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