Even Mac users who are completely satisfied with their computers may have times when they need to run Windows. Maybe they need to run software only available on Windows. But whatever the reason, Apple makes it surprisingly easy to run Windows on your Mac.
If you have an Intel-based Mac with sufficient storage space and the ISO file ofcorrect, which you can download for free from the official Windows website, you can set up and run Windows 10 in under an hour on your Apple computer.
Here’s what you need before you get started
To successfully run Windows 10 on your Mac computer, here’s what you need to have:
- An Intel-based Mac computer (if your computer is on this listing is not supported).
- 64 GB or more of free storage space on the startup disk.
- A power connection (if you’re on a laptop).
If you’re not sure if your computer is Intel-based, click the Apple logo on the menu bar, then go up About this Mac . If you see the words Processor followed by the name of an Intel processor, such as “Intel Core i7 6-core 2.6GHz,” then you have an Intel-based Mac.
Before you begin, however, it is recommended that you back up your disk with Time Machine before partitioning in case something goes wrong.
1. Download the Windows 10 ISO file
Windows 11 is currently not compatible with Boot Camp Assistant on MacOS. Then, you’ll need to download Windows 10 instead. You can download a free disk image, also known as an ISO file, of Windows 10 from the official Windows website.
1 . On your Mac, go to this Windows software download page .
2 . Click Select edition and choose Windows 10 (multi-edition ISO) .
3 . Awards Confirmation and wait for your request to be verified.
4 . Once done, choose your language and click Confirmation .
5 . Finally, click 64-bit download to download the Windows 10 ISO file.
The Windows 10 ISO file is nearly 6GB, so depending on your internet connection and speed, it may take up to 30 minutes to complete the download. When the ISO file is finished, leave it in your downloads and move on to the next step.
2. Run Boot Camp Assistant
The software you will use to run Windows 10 on your Mac is Boot Camp Assistant, which is factory installed on your Mac. Boot Camp Assistant is made specifically for installing Windows operating systems on your computer and luckily the installation process is quite simple.
1 . Start Boot Camp Assistant on your Mac and click Continues .
2 . Click Choose a Windows 10 ISO file and upload the Windows 10 ISO file you downloaded in the previous step.
3 . Drag the bar to choose a size for your Windows partition disk (42GB is the minimum).
4 . Click Install and wait approximately 10 minutes for the partition to be created.
Once the Windows partition is finished, the laptop will reboot.
3. Install Windows on your Mac
Your computer will boot, but instead of showing you the Apple logo you’re used to, you should see the blue Windows logo appear instead. Here’s what you need to do next:
1 . Go through the Windows setup.
2 . Enter a product key if you have one. If not, you can continue without one.
Even without a product key, you’ll be able to log into Windows on your Mac, so don’t worry if you don’t have one. During installation, you will see copied window files, installed features and updates, and more. This should take another 10 minutes.
4. Set up Windows on your Mac
Your Mac will restart. But this time you’ll be prompted to set up Windows, just like you would on a Windows computer. You can use Cortana and your voice to complete the setup, but you can also use the keyboard, mouse, and trackpad.
1 . Choose your language, keyboard layout, Wi-Fi, and more to get started.
2 . If you have a Windows account, log in with your credentials.
3 . Windows will start on your Mac. You will be asked to create a passcode and / or PIN to log into your computer. Do this to protect your account.
5. Install Boot Camp on Windows
Finally, the last thing you need to do is install and update Boot Camp on Windows. This will allow you to make further changes to the partition or fix any problems while running Windows. When you log into Windows for the first time, you should get a notification to install Boot Camp. The installation will take 10 minutes, but it’s the last thing you need to do before you can use Windows without any problems.
6. Use Windows on your Mac
Feel free to use Windows however you want. Windows 10’s default web browser is Microsoft Edge, but you can use it to download Chrome or anything else to browse the internet. You can then download files and install software that you might only install on a Windows computer, such as Paint.NET and some Steam games, but on your Mac.
7. Switch from Windows to Mac
If you want to go back to MacOS from Windows, do the following:
1 . Restart your computer.
2 . As soon as the screen goes black, press and hold the Option key for 5 seconds.
3 . On the screen, you will then have the option to boot MacOS or Windows .
4 . Choose the partition you want to open.