It is as well: sometimes, you simply need to Windows. It is not something the acolytes of Apple want to support, and that MacOS has worked hard (and very well) to stay up to date and away from the populous operating system. But, sometimes (and only sometimes) we need to have access to a computer that is running the system of Bill Gates. But is it possible to install Windows 10 on Mac?
As Apple well say, “there’s an app for that.” The solution is called Boot Camp, and is the easiest way to have Windows 10 on your Mac, without having to resort to rituals or dark sorcery. Below, we’ll explain how to do it, with minimum effort and no danger.
Step 1: confirm requirements of your Mac
Before you begin, make sure that your Mac has space in the disk, and the hardware required to handle the installation of Windows through Boot Camp. Above all, check that you complete all the most recent updates before you begin. In the first place, the installation requires a Mac computer Intel-based and an external USB drive empty capable of storing up to 16 GB of data. You can connect the hard disk to prepare it, if it is not connected yet.
In the second place, the Mac you intend to use for installation must have at least 64 GB of free space on your hard disk. Most of the devices Mac 2012 and later will work, but you will need to versions more recent devices such as the MacBook (2015). Apple provides a handy list of requirements of the system for various models of the Mac Boot Camp requires you to complete an installation of Windows.
Step 2: purchase a copy of Windows
Fortunately, purchase Windows 10 has never been so easy. Just go to the Windows store. You’ll have options: first you can choose to purchase a digital copy, you will need to download (and then download this tool to create a disk image of Windows 10), or you can purchase a flash drive of Windows 10 that Microsoft will be mailed to you.
If you have a choice, always choose the ISO file, which should be available for download even if you purchased a physical version of Windows 10: the option of flash drive tends to be slow, and should only be used if you have problems with the download.
Since you have a drive installation of a Windows operating system (you can even download the updated version from October 2018), it is time to open the Boot Camp Assistant in MacOS. To do this, simply click on Go> Utilities in the menu bar of your Mac, then open the Boot Camp Assistant in the list.
Once the program opens, an introductory screen provides information about the application and also suggests to create a backup of your data before proceeding with the installation of Windows. We strongly recommend that you do. Click Continue to advance to the next screen.
Now is the time to start to install Windows. You’ll have to choose the location of the ISO file of Windows: click on Choose to find it. You’ll also need to decide what size you must have a Windows partition on the internal drive of your Mac. Remember that you must have at least 64 GB (even though Apple recommends 128 GB). Choose wisely, as you cannot change this after you have installed Windows. Then, click on Install. The Boot Camp Assistant now will get to work creating the Windows partition and downloading the software support of Windows.
Step 4: create a partition for Windows
After the drivers complete the installation, the next step will be to format the Boot Camp partition so you can install Windows correctly. Once Boot Camp Assistant has finished creating the partition, you will be asked for your administrator password, then reboot your Mac and load the Windows installer. Follow the steps in the installer, enter your product key and choose the correct version of Windows to install.
Keep in mind that it is possible to be prompted where to install Windows: choose the BOOTCAMP partition and then click Format. However, Apple informs that, in most cases, the correct partition is selected and formatted automatically. You’ll also need to disconnect the connected devices (storage drives, external, monitors, etc) that are not required for the installation.
Step 5: install Windows
When the Windows installer has completed, your Mac will load in Windows and open the Boot Camp Assistant. Click Next, then click Install, and the Boot Camp Assistant will begin to download and install the necessary drivers for Windows. When you are finished, click on Finish and your Mac will restart and load into Windows.
You need to make sure that your copy of Windows is as up to date as possible, so click in the search bar of Windows 10, and writes check for updates, then click on the first result. In the window Settings that opens, click check for updates and let you download and install all. It will take a while, but it is an important step!
If you want to load into MacOS by default and switch to Windows when you need to, restart your Mac, then press and hold down the Option key (labeled Alt on some keyboards Mac) until you see the screen of the boot Manager. Here you can choose whether to load MacOS or Windows (labeled as a Boot Camp, don’t forget). Click on the partition of your choice, then click the arrow that appears below, or press Return.
On the other hand, if you prefer to always load in Windows, go to preferences startup Disk (you can search for it using Spotlight or find it in system Preferences). Choose the startup disk that contains Windows 10 for you, from now on, your Mac will boot into Windows. Restart your computer entirely, and should open in the Windows screen.
Support Touch Bar in Windows
If you’re installing Windows on a new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, don’t worry, you can still get some functionality from your touch panel OLED when you run Windows. Once you start Windows, your Touch Bar will retain some functionality, but not exactly with the full range available on MacOS. The bar touch will still have support for all the basic controls of your MacBook: brightness, volume, play and pause, and with the touch of a button, you’ll be able to change it to a row of standard keys F.
It’s also worth noting that many features may not work correctly when you use the Windows partition. Apple supports Windows 10 but still you will notice a difference in performance. The hardware of the MacBook is made for MacOS, so it doesn’t always play well with Windows 10, in particular, your trackpad may be somewhat less sensitive, and some specific hardware of Apple will cease to work completely, as the sensor TouchID on the power button.
*Updated by Daniel Matus on October 7, 2019
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