How to Install Windows 10 on Apple Laptop?
Sometimes you just need Windows. This is not something that Apple would like to admit, and MacOS has for the most part done an admirable job in keeping up with its less stylish and more utilitarian cousin, but sometimes you just need a Windows 10 computer .
Apple knows the charm of Windows and PCs, which is why they have integrated Boot Camp directly into the operating system. Boot Camp allows macOS users to create a partition and install Windows directly on a dual-boot system. Considering that this Apple hardware is only a refined PC (and expensive), any modern Intel-equipped MacBook of the last decade can run Windows.
One of the main reasons why Mac users want to use Windows is their exceptional gaming experience. In addition, there are still many Windows-only desktop applications that some users want or need to run. Using Apple’s Boot Camp software, you can install Windows 10 on your MacBook or iMac without too much software deception. Whether it’s just to satisfy your curiosity on the other side or because you need to run specific applications that are only available on Windows, this is a useful tool that should help you. Even if you have only a minimum of technical knowledge, the process is not extremely difficult. Here is a general guide on how to install Windows 10 on your Mac.
What you will need before installing Windows 10 on your Mac
Before you begin, make sure your Mac supports Windows 10. Here are the compatible models:
- MacBook Pro (2012 and later)
- MacBook Air (2012 and later)
- MacBook (2015 and later)
- iMac (2012 and later)
- Mac mini (2012 and later)
- Mac mini Server (late 2012)
- Mac Pro (late 2013)
Step 1: Get a Windows Disk Image
First, you must obtain the Windows Disk Image (ISO file) from the Microsoft website. Here’s how to download it:
- Visit the Windows 10 Disk Image Download website.
- Go to the Select an Edit menu and choose Windows 10.
- Click Confirm.
- Choose the installation language and click Confirm.
- Click Download 64-bit, and then click Save.The ISO file will now be downloaded to your Mac.
Step 2: Open the Boot Camp Assistant
Boot Camp Assistant guides you through the installation of Windows on your Mac. Just follow the instructions on the screen. To launch the Boot Camp Assistant, go to the Applications> Utilities folder. Click Continue and Boot Camp for Mac will automatically locate the ISO file on your system.
Step 3: Create a partition for Windows
When you are done with the wizard, your Mac restarts with the Windows Installer. When asked where you want to install Windows, choose the BOOTCAMP partition and click Format.
* Note that this step is only necessary if you are using a flash or optical drive to install Windows. In other cases, the correct partition will be selected and formatted for you automatically.
Step 4: Install Windows
To complete the installation, you must follow the instructions on the screen. Take a deep breath – the next 12 steps may seem like an ascent of Everest, but it’s a lot easier than you think. Here’s how to install Windows on a Mac:
- Choose your ISO file and click the Install button.
- Type your password and click OK. You will see the Windows Setup screen.
- Select your language.
- Click Install Now.
- Type your product key if you have it. Otherwise, click on “I do not have a product key”.
- Select Windows 10 Pro or Windows Home, and then click Next.
- Click Drive 0 Partition X: BOOTCAMP.
- Click Next. Windows 10 will be installed.
- When the installation screen appears, click Use Express Settings or Customize Your Installation. We recommend that you choose the Customize button and disable most, if not all, switches.
- You will then be asked to create an account. Type a user name. You can also add a password if you wish.
- Click Next.
- Choose whether you want to use the Cortana personal assistant or not. You can disable it by clicking the Not Now button.
Windows will start completely so that you can use it normally.In the Welcome to the Boot Camp Setup box, click Next and accept the terms of the license agreement. Then click Install to continue. When the installation program is complete, click Finish to restart your computer.
Step 5: Restart your Mac
By default, your Mac will always start under macOS. To access Windows, you must turn off your Mac and then turn it on while holding down the Option (Alt) key. You will be asked from which drive you want to start.