Doesn’t it stink when you’re a Mac user, and you suddenly need a Microsoft Windows program? I don’t know why I hate it so, but I am not alone, or I wouldn’t be writing this right now. In this Windows-controlled world, we lovers of Mac must face the facts sometimes, and that is that there are always going to be times when we will need to resort to using Windows.
Thanks to Apple, we have an alternative to buying a new P.C. that we may rarely use since around 2006 Mac has made it possible to use both operating systems on our dreamy Macs. So smart, aren’t they? So, now we have the ability to use our Mac to run Windows or our Mac OS X, and we decide, “Hey, awesome idea, but Ummm, how do I do that?” Installing another operating system on your Mac, you didn’t even install the one that’s on your Mac. Sounds daunting, doesn’t it? That’s why I am here, though, to help you not feel so daunted (wow, that’s a word?).
Install Windows on Mac with Boot Camp
Boot Camp is the most commonly used program when using Windows on Macs. What makes it so popular? For one, it’s free. But, there is also the fact that Apple makes it, so it, of course, works better than some of the others. It also allows you to boot up completely into another operating system, not just use it in a virtual way, which is important for those using software that needs more of your system’s resources, like games or video editing programs.
Step 1: Get a Copy of Windows: Whichever version of Boot Camp you are using, I recommend using Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate. To help you decide, though, you can check out the Windows 7 comparison chart at Microsoft, as you may not need to spend upwards of $200 for Pro or Ultimate if you don’t need to. You can also get Windows 7 for as little as $30 if you buy a student copy, but to do so, you’ll need a .edu e-mail address.
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Step 2: Open Boot Camp Assistant: As you get ready to start here, you may wish to print the Boot Camp installation manual from Apple. Boot Camp can be found by going to your System Preferences > Utilities > Boot Camp Assistant. You can find some older versions online if you prefer to use one before the newest version 4. This will be the case if you want to use a Windows edition that isn’t Windows 7. To find earlier downloads, you can visit Apple Support or our Windows on Mac troubleshooting page.
Step 3: Install Windows and Boot Camp: Once you run Boot Camp Assistant, you will make a partition for Windows on your computer’s startup disk. As the program runs, you will be prompted through the steps, so it isn’t difficult; just make sure that you give that partition at least 16GB, but most recommend a minimum of 20GB and up to 40GB if you’re using Windows 7 or Vista. If you’re using XP, you can use less. You can always go back and adjust this later as well. Just follow the instruction now and make sure you update the drivers for both Windows and Mac.