With a rejuvenated operating system after a disappointing Windows 8, Microsoft has compelled even Mac users to install Windows 10. The Start Menu is back and Internet Explorer nearly has gone in the new version of OS, which are the primary reasons for all the buzz created around Windows 10.
Mac users can run Windows 10 along with OS X either as an application running on top of OS X or next to OS X. The former is called Virtualization and uses virtual machines; while the latter uses Apple’s built-in program called Boot Camp to partition the hard drive and use it as a dual-boot.
Boot Camp Assistant helps you to create a Windows-compatible partition on the drive. If you install Windows on a Mac having a Fusion Drive, the partition for Windows is created on the mechanical hard drive part of the Fusion Drive and not the Solid State Drive.
Using Boot Camp on supported Mac models (having OS X Yosemite installed) is a better choice for essentially two reasons: Windows will gain an advantage of accessing the full processing power of Mac and secondly, the cost of installing virtual machines like VMware and Parallels (which is around $70) is saved. In addition to this, data transfers can be made easier with a shared Dropbox / Google Drive / OneDrive folder; and the Boot Camp method is free except for the Windows 10 license. Boot Camp 6 supports features like Apple keyboard, trackpad and mouse, built-in SD and USB Apple SuperDrive, USB 3, USB-C, and Thunderbolt.
Follow the steps listed below to install the software version on your Mac:
Step 1: Check System Requirements
- Make sure your Mac supports Windows 10. You can find out here.
- Boot Camp supports 64-bit versions of Windows 10 while used on Mac.
- Your Mac will require at last 2GB RAM. However, it is preferable to have 4GB RAM.
- At least 30 GB Hard disk space is needed.
- To install Windows 10, a 16 GB flash drive is desired to create a bootable drive.
Step 2: Prepare for installation
- With Boot Camp, support software drivers need to be installed (This is automatically downloaded).
- An ISO file of a 64-bit version of the Windows 10 installer is needed.
- In case the ISO file is not available, use Disk Utility to make the file from Windows installation DVD or USB flash drive.
Step 3: New installation of Windows 10
- Ensure that the Windows installer is for a full installation (not an upgrade installer).
- After checking if your Mac supports Windows 10, make sure of software updates.
- Update OS X, Mac firmware, and Boot Camp Assistant.
- From Utilities folder in the Application list, launch Boot Camp Assistant. It can also be opened using Spotlight.
- Select the tasks you want Boot Camp to complete by checking the boxes.
- Ensure the flash drive is inserted. Click continue.
- Click on Windows 10 ISO location; Choose USB drive as destination and press Continue.
- This will create a boot drive with all drivers required.
- An important decision is to be taken at this stage regarding the amount of hard drive you want to use as a partition for Windows since it cannot be changed later. Min 20 GB is necessary.
- Install a new copy of Windows 10 using the Boot Camp Assistant by clicking Install. Let your Mac restart a few times.
- Select partition named “Boot Camp” to install Windows 10 on it and format it for NTFS.
- After his, you’ll be prompted to choose the Language, Time and currency format, and Keyboard settings for Windows. After making the changes click on Next.
- Windows will ask for the product key.
- Install the latest version of iTunes for Windows and authorize Windows to play music and videos purchased from the store.
Upgradation to Windows 10 from 64-bit versions of Windows 7 or 8.1
- In case you are using Windows 8, upgrade to Windows 8.1 and then to Windows 10.
- Your Windows partition must have at least 10 GB free space.
- Make sure your Mac supports Windows 10.
- Back up important files from Mac.
- Start Mac from OS X.
- From Apple Menu, click on App Store and check for software updates (Mac firmware and OS X) from the Updates tab.
- Now start Mac from the currently in the staled version of Windows.
- Launch Apple Software Update of Windows and install available updates. This is to ensure that the Windows Support Software (drivers) for Boot Camp are up to date.
- Let your Mac restart a few times.
- After the installation, log in to Windows and start using Windows 10.
Upgradation to Windows 10 from 32-bit versions of Windows 7 or 8.1
- Make sure your Mac supports Windows 10.
- Back up important files from the Windows partition of Mac.
- Remove existing Windows partition by using Boot Camp Assistant.
- Use using Boot Camp Assistant to install a 64-bit version of Windows 10.
- Copy all the required files to the Windows drive.
Using Windows 10 on Mac:
- To switch between Mac OS X and Windows restart the computer.
- During the reboot, hold the Option key till you see the boot manager.
- Select the partition which bears the OS you want to use.
- Start Mac through OS X.
- Launch Boot Camp and click Continue.
- Select Remove Windows 7 or later version; Click Continue.
- Select Restore and enter the Mac password.
- This will remove Windows along with all its files, folders, and software that are stored on the partition for Windows.