Install Windows 10 On A Mac With Boot Camp Assistant

Install Windows 10 On A Mac With Boot Camp Assistant

Using Boot Camp, you can install Microsoft Windows 10 on a Mac and switch between macOS and Windows when it reboots.

Prerequisites for installing Windows 10 on a Mac

One of these mac models

  • MacBook (2015) or later
  • MacBook Air (2012) or later
  • MacBook Pro (2012) or later
  • Mac mini (2012) or later
  • iMac (2012) or later 1
  • iMac Pro (all models)
  • Mac Pro (2013)

Recent macOS updates, which may include Boot Camp Assistant updates. Boot Camp Assistant is required to install Windows 10.

At least 64 GB of free space on the Mac boot disk:

  • 64 GB of free space is sufficient, but at least 128 GB is required for optimal performance. This is the minimum amount required for automatic Windows updates.
  • If the amount of RAM on your Mac is at least 128 GB, Windows Installer needs free space for that amount. For example, if your Mac is 256 GB of RAM, then the boot disk should have at least 256 GB of free space for Windows.

An external USB flash drive with at least 16 GB of memory, unless you are using a Mac computer that does not require a flash drive to install Windows.

The 64-bit version of Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro as a disc image (ISO) or other installation media:

  • When you first install Windows on a Mac, use the full version instead of updating.
  • If your copy of Windows is written to a USB flash drive or you have a Windows product key and no installation disk, you can download the Windows 10 disk image from Microsoft.
  • If your copy of Windows is on a DVD, you may need to create an image of it.
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Installation Instructions for Windows 10 on Mac

To install Windows, use the Boot Camp Assistant. It is located in the "Utilities" subfolder of the "Programs" folder.

1. Using Boot Camp Assistant to create a Windows partition

Open the Boot Camp Assistant and follow the on-screen instructions.

Install Windows 10 On A Mac With Boot Camp Assistant
  • If a message appears asking you to use a USB flash drive, insert the USB flash drive into your Mac. Boot Camp Assistant uses it to create a bootable USB drive for installing Windows.
  • When Boot Camp Assistant asks you to specify the size of the Windows partition, follow the minimum size requirements in the previous section. Indicate the size of the partition in accordance with your needs, because it cannot be changed in the future.

2. Formatting the Windows partition (BOOTCAMP)

When Boot Camp Assistant shuts down, your Mac will restart in the Windows installation environment. If the installer asks where to install Windows, select the BOOTCAMP section and click "Format." In most cases, the installer will automatically select and format the BOOTCAMP section.

3. Install Windows

Disconnect any external devices (such as displays and drives) that are not required during the installation process. Then click “Next” and follow the on-screen instructions to start the installation of Windows.

4. Using the Boot Camp Installer on Windows

When the installation of Windows is complete, the Mac starts up on Windows and displays the “Welcome to the Boot Camp installer” window. Follow the on-screen instructions to install Boot Camp, including Windows support software (drivers). Upon completion, you will be prompted to restart.

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If the Boot Camp installer does not open automatically, the last step is to open the Boot Camp installer manually and use it to complete the installation.

Switching procedure between Windows and macOS

Restart your computer, at startup, press and hold the Option (or Alt) ⌥ key to switch between Windows and macOS operating systems.

Additional Information

If you are using one of these Mac models with OS X El Capitan 10.11 or later, a USB flash drive is not required to install Windows.

  • MacBook (2015) or later
  • MacBook Air (2015) or later 2
  • MacBook Pro (2015) or later 2
  • iMac (2015) or later
  • iMac Pro (all models)
  • Mac Pro (end of 2013)

To view detailed information about using Windows on your Mac, click the "Open Boot Camp Help" button in the Boot Camp Assistant.

1. If Windows and macOS Mojave are installed on a 27-inch iMac (end of 2012), a 27-inch iMac (end of 2013), or a 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display (end of 2014) in a 3 TB hard drive configuration , find out about an alert that may appear during installation.

2. These Mac models were also available with 128 GB hard drives. Apple recommends at least 256 GB of hard drives so that you can create a Boot Camp partition of at least 128 GB.

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