Apple Boot Camp Editor's Review
Boot Camp 4.0 for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard up to Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion version 10.8.2 only supported Windows 7. However, with the release of Boot Camp 5.0 for Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion in version 10.8.3, only 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8 are officially supported. Boot Camp 6.0 added support for Windows 10. Start up your Mac in macOS or Windows. Use Boot Camp Control Panel in Windows to configure your keyboard, mouse, trackpad, and other hardware. How to get started with Boot Camp Control Panel. To browse the Boot Camp Control Panel User Guide, click Table of Contents at the top of the page. Mar 14, 2013 Boot Camp Support Software 5.0.5033 This download contains the Windows Support Software (Windows Drivers)you need to support 64 bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8 on your Mac. For more information on which operating systems are supported on different Mac systems, click here.Apple Boot Camp allows you to use multiple operating systems on a Intel-based Macintosh.
This product has been designed in order to give you the possibility to install Microsoft Windows on your Macintosh, by using a multiple boot configuration. This version works with Windows XP SP2 and Windows Vista.
Besides these operating systems, Boot Camp can also handle a Linux installation, so its Boot Managing capabilities are quite good. Installing a Linux isn't supported by the application that you can find into this package, so if you would like to use a Linux distribution on your Mac, you need to read some How-Tos.
The distribution package of Boot Camp provides you the documentation and an installation package. The installation package places an application called Boot Camp Assistant into your /Applications/Utilities directory. It also adds a new Preference pane into the System Preferences.
The Boot Camp Assistant has just a few but important features. This is the application that can start the Windows installer, repartition your HDD, it can burn a Mac Windows Drivers disk, or it can restore the startup disk to a single volume.
The Mac Windows Drivers disk is important after you finish the installation. It provides drivers for Mac-specific devices like: graphics interface, networking, soundboard, wireless networking (AirPort), bluetooth, the brightness control for the built in displays (MacBook, Mac Book Pro and iMac), and it also installs the Apple Keyboard support on Windows, including the 'Eject' key.
If you want to restart into the other OS, then you have multiple choices. Either you can select the system you want to boot from the Preference pane that the package installs into the System Preferences, or you can simply hold down the Option(Alt) key when the system starts up. A graphical boot menu appears so you can chose which OS your Mac should load.
Pluses: it gives you the possibility to install multiple operating systems on your Macintosh.
Drawbacks / flaws: this is still an immature project labeled as 'Beta', so it's highly recommended that you should not use this on production machines, unless you really know what you are doing and you are aware of the consequences.
In conclusion: this is one of those tools that makes useless the owning of a regular PC if you already have a Intel-based Macintosh.
version reviewed: 1.2 BETA
What you need to install Windows 10 on Mac
- MacBook introduced in 2015 or later
- MacBook Air introduced in 2012 or later
- MacBook Pro introduced in 2012 or later
- Mac mini introduced in 2012 or later
- iMac introduced in 2012 or later1
- iMac Pro (all models)
- Mac Pro introduced in 2013 or later
The latest macOS updates, which can include updates to Boot Camp Assistant. You will use Boot Camp Assistant to install Windows 10.
64GB or more free storage space on your Mac startup disk:
- Your Mac can have as little as 64GB of free storage space, but at least 128GB of free storage space provides the best experience. Automatic Windows updates require that much space or more.
- If you have an iMac Pro or Mac Pro with 128GB of memory (RAM) or more, your startup disk needs at least as much free storage space as your Mac has memory.2
An external USB flash drive with a storage capacity of 16GB or more, unless you're using a Mac that doesn't need a flash drive to install Windows.
A 64-bit version of Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro on a disk image (ISO) or other installation media. If installing Windows on your Mac for the first time, this must be a full version of Windows, not an upgrade.
- If your copy of Windows came on a USB flash drive, or you have a Windows product key and no installation disc, download a Windows 10 disk image from Microsoft.
- If your copy of Windows came on a DVD, you might need to create a disk image of that DVD.
How to install Windows 10 on Mac
To install Windows, use Boot Camp Assistant, which is included with your Mac.
1. Use Boot Camp Assistant to create a Windows partition
Open Boot Camp Assistant, which is in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder. Then follow the onscreen instructions.
- If you're asked to insert a USB drive, plug your USB flash drive into your Mac. Boot Camp Assistant will use it to create a bootable USB drive for Windows installation.
- When Boot Camp Assistant asks you to set the size of the Windows partition, remember the minimum storage-space requirements in the previous section. Set a partition size that meets your needs, because you can't change its size later.
2. Format the Windows (BOOTCAMP) partition
When Boot Camp Assistant finishes, your Mac restarts to the Windows installer. If the installer asks where to install Windows, select the BOOTCAMP partition and click Format. In most cases, the installer selects and formats the BOOTCAMP partition automatically.
3. Install Windows
Unplug any external devices that aren't necessary during installation. Then click Next and follow the onscreen instructions to begin installing Windows.
4. Use the Boot Camp installer in Windows
After Windows installation completes, your Mac starts up in Windows and opens a ”Welcome to the Boot Camp installer” window. Follow the onscreen instructions to install Boot Camp and Windows support software (drivers). You will be asked to restart when done.
- If the Boot Camp installer never opens, open the Boot Camp installer manually and use it to complete Boot Camp installation.
- If you have an external display connected to a Thunderbolt 3 port on your Mac, the display will be blank (black, gray, or blue) for up to 2 minutes during installation.
How to switch between Windows and macOS
Restart, then press and hold the Option (or Alt) ⌥ key during startup to switch between Windows and macOS.
If you have one of these Mac models using OS X El Capitan 10.11 or later, you don't need a USB flash drive to install Windows:
- MacBook introduced in 2015 or later
- MacBook Air introduced in 2017 or later3
- MacBook Pro introduced in 2015 or later3
- iMac introduced in 2015 or later
- iMac Pro (all models)
- Mac Pro introduced in late 2013
To remove Windows from your Mac, use Boot Camp Assistant, not any other utility.
For more information about using Windows on your Mac, open Boot Camp Assistant and click the Open Boot Camp Help button.
1. If you're using an iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014) or iMac (27-inch, Late 2013) or iMac (27-inch, Late 2012) with a 3TB hard drive and macOS Mojave or later, learn about an alert you might see during installation.
2. For example, if your Mac has 128GB of memory, its startup disk must have at least 128GB of storage space available for Windows. To see how much memory your Mac has, choose Apple menu > About This Mac. To see how much storage space is available, click the Storage tab in the same window.
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3. These Mac models were offered with 128GB hard drives as an option. Apple recommends 256GB or larger hard drives so that you can create a Boot Camp partition of at least 128GB.