In this article, we are showing you how to install windows with Bootcamp and also answer other frequently asked queries that are associated with the process to install windows with Bootcamp. So how do you install windows with Bootcamp? Below mentioned are the steps. But first a bit of background.
Bootcamp is a utility software released by the Apple Inc shortly after the first Intel-based Macs were available in the market. This multi-boot utility is much beneficial to the mac users who want to have Microsoft Windows operating system on their Intel-based Macintosh computers. It assists the user like you by guiding through the disk partitioning their hard disk drive and for the installation of Windows device drivers required for the Apple hardware.It also installs the windows control panel applet which you can use to select the boot operating system.
The different versions of the Bootcamp released during the different time phase support the multiple windows version. The earlier released version supported Windows XP and Windows Vista. Windows 7 is only supported by the Boot Camp 4.0 for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow leopard up to Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.Only 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8 are supported officially by the Boot Camp 5.0, for Mac OS X 1.8 Mountain Lion in version 10.8.3.
In case of Windows 10, Boot Camp 6.0 added the support for it. The latest version Boot Camp 6.1 released on 20 September 2016, accepts only new installation of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10(64-bit). The recently released mac supports only Windows 10, and the Macs can only run 64-bit non-enterprise version of windows. I hope now you gained some idea of choosing the correct version of the Boot Camp to your respective windows version to help you in the process of installing windows with Bootcamp.
Are you sure that you need Bootcamp?
It is better if you think the boot camp is the best choice for you or not.Because there are certain drawbacks that you need to consider; using Bootcamp to install Windows on your Mac you are required to re-partition your drive which takes a bit of your drive space and storage on a mac is reasonably expensive.Along with that, you need to reboot again and again to switch between the two operating system.But the main advantage of using the boot camp is it is a lot faster than the virtual machine as windows running directly on the Hardware.And the next thing if you only want to run a few Windows Application on your Mac it would be better if you use a virtual machine like VMware Fusion or VirtualBox.
What do you require before you start the installation?
Before you begin the process of installation, you should be sure that you have;
ISO file of the installer or a Microsoft Windows installation media
At least 55GB free disk space on your startup drive
A blank 16GB or larger USB flash drive( in case of Windows 7) Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 does not require any external drive for installation.
Also, make sure that you checked for the latest updates from Apple on your Mac.You can navigate to Apple’s Boot Camp Support page and see if the updates are available for your model and you can download and install if necessary.
Before getting started, we suggest you to backup your mac.
Installing Windows on Mac
Let’s get started.You can follow the procedures listed below to install the windows on your Mac.
After you downloaded the ISO, now you have to open the Bootcamp Assistant inserting the USB drive.
You can open it by pressing Command+space, typing Bootcamp, and press enter.
Boot camp copies the Windows ISO and all the Boot Camp drivers needed to run windows and eventually leads you through the initial setup process.
Select the “continue” so that the initial setup begins.
After that, you are asked to choose the Windows ISO files that you wanted and the Bootcamp partition size you actually want.
(Note: You can not adjust the partition once the partition is created, so you must be careful while selecting the partition).Allocating the space depends on how much space you want for your windows and how much space for your MacOS system.
If you are ready, then select “Install” so that Boot camp starts downloading drivers, denoted by “Windows support software.
”The installer also partitions your disk, and after the partition is completed, you copy the installer to the partition and place the drivers which enables them to run immediately after installation.
After the process is finished, your computer will reboot, and you can see Windows installer setup screen.
When you see the window installer setup screen if asked select the partition labeled “BOOTCAMP”
You should not install any other partition.If done so you may remove Mac OS and lost all data. Just skip the steps until you get to the desktop where boot camp installer will appear.
Now you proceed with the installer to set up your drivers.
Once you finished the above-mentioned steps, click Install. Windows will start to install.
Your Mac may still boot to Marcos, but you can access windows.For this, you need to turn off your Mac.
You can see a menu which allows you to select which operating system to launch when you turn on holding the option/alt key.
Then you enter the product key and select the Windows Bootcamp to install Windows on.
Now you follow the installation process.After the installation completes, Mac will boot into windows.
Finally, you install the Boot Camp Drivers that are on the USB drive.And run setup.exe locating them to install them.
What to do if you want to remove windows?
Removing Windows from your Mac is easier than to setup windows on your Mac. For doing this, you reboot into MacOS and open the Boot Camp Assistant again. You see the Restore Disk to a single Volume option.
Boot camp assistant automatically removes Windows and expand the Mac os partition for you.You are suggested to have the backup copies first as you are going to delete all files of windows.
What if you want to update?
If you want to update an existing Windows Boot Camp partition then you can upgrade existing 64-bit installations of Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 10.And for doing this you are required to have at least 10GB free space on your windows partition. Windows 8.0 should be updated to 8.1 before upgrading to windows 10.
What if you want to run macOS on a windows PC?
Simply NO! You cannot run MacOs on windows PC. Why? Because Apple is always responsible for this particular impasse but in case of Microsoft, it is famous for aggressive market practices. Also, Apple creates software for selling it’s hardware products.
So enjoy Windows on your Mac!!!!