Mac users can also install the Windows 10 OS on the same machine MacBook, Mac mini, Mac Pro or iMac that running OS X. With the help of built-in OS X app Boot Camp Assistant you can install and run dual boot Windows 10 with OS X. In this guide you will see How to install and run Windows 10 on Mac using Boot Camp Assitant.
- You need a Windows 10 64-bit ISO file, you can follow this guide to Download Official Windows 10 ISO file.
- Windows 10 license / product key.
- Boot camp will prepare a Windows 10 USB drive including some important driver, so we need at-least 16GB USB flash drive.
- At-least 30GB free space required on Mac hard drive.
- Before installing Windows 10, make sure you backup all your important data on Mac using Time Machine. See how to use Time Machine to backup Mac.
Install Windows 10 on Mac
- To install Windows 10 on Mac we will use Boot Camp Assistant on Mac OS X, Boot Camp will prepare a USB drive for use and then install the operating system.
- Run Boot Camp, hit
cmd+spacefrom keyboard on Mac and type Boot Camp in the spotlight search box and then run Boot Camp from search results.
- Insert minimum 16 GB USB flash drive in USB port of Mac and click Continue button on Boot Camp window.
- Select the following options on Boot Camp window, “Create a Windows 7 or later version install disk”, “Install Windows 7 or later version” and hit Continue button.
- On the next window click the Choose button and select Windows 10 64-bit ISO file from computer. Destination disk will be your 16GB USB drive and hit Continue button (Your flash drive will be formatted to confirm that your want to do that).
- Now, Boot Camp will start downloading Windows files and drivers on USB flash drive and will take some time, so be patient.
- Once Boot Camp finished downloading Windows files, now you need to create a separate partition for Windows 10 on Mac hard drive. So give at-least 30GB storage size to Windows 10 partition. Click the Install button, this will create a new partition and reboot computer to start installing Windows 10 on Mac.
- Follow the Windows Setup on screen instructions its easy, it will ask you to select a partition (Where do you want to install Windows?) just make sure you select the Boot Camp partition that you created for Windows 10 in previous step.
- Once Windows setup finished installing everything, this will reboot your computer and follow the on screen instructions to finish the initial Windows login setup.
- Install drivers: Boot Camp copied some drivers on USB flash drive that you need to install manually If Boot Camp drivers setup didn’t run automatically after installing Windows. So, open the USB drive and run the
setup.exefile to install required drivers and reboot. After rebooting your Mac you have successfully installed Windows 10 on your Mac.
Switch between OS X and Windows 10
Because you installed Windows 10 on a separate partition and this will not disturb your existing OS X, so you can boot into any operating system. To switch between Windows 10 or OS X, reboot computer and hold-down the
Option/Alt key from keyboard on startup. From boot menu select the Operating system that you want to launch.
Change Default Operating System
When you install Windows 10 on Mac, Windows 10 will be the default OS that your Mac will run. But you can change this settings from Mac System Preferences > Startup Disk, and here select the default OS disk to boot from. For more information see this article.
Remove Windows 10 from Mac
If you are having problems after installing Windows 10 on your Mac and decided to uninstall it. Using Boot Camp Assistant the process to delete Windows files and partition completely is very easy. Run Boot Camp and on the Task selection screen select the option “Remove Windows 7 or later” option and then follow the on screen instructions.
See also: How to install Windows on USB drive
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