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How to Install Windows 10 on Your Mac

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Using Apple's Boot Camp software, you can install Windows 10 on your MacBook or iMac without too much software trickery. Whether it's just to satisfy your curiosity about the other side or because you need to run specific applications that are only available on Windows, this is a useful tool that should serve you well.

Even if you only have a little bit of technical knowledge, the process isn't tremendously difficult. Here's a general guide on how to install Windows 10 on your Mac.

First, make sure you have a Mac that's eligible. Apple offers a list of compatible Mac computers that have the ability to run Windows. Unless you have really old gear, a Mac that was sold within the last few years should be on the list. Additionally, you'll need a USB drive with 4GB of free space. This will hold the ISO file that you'll download from Microsoft to install on your Mac.

To get the software, you'll need to purchase a Windows 10 license. Next, you'll need to create an ISO file with the Windows 10 installation media tool. Download this software from Microsoft, and then insert a USB drive. You'll use this to create an ISO, which is the file that will be used to install Windows on your Mac. [Read related story: How to Switch from a Mac to a PC]

 

 

Then it's time to start the installation process.

Apple's Boot Camp is the software that installs Windows onto your Mac. Launch it from the USB.

 

 

Next, launch Boot Camp. You'll be asked to create a partition on your hard drive, which is the space that'll be used for housing Windows 10. There's a slider that you use to choose how much room will be devoted to Windows and macOS.

 

 

Click Install to start the process. Be patient. It often takes several minutes before the Windows icon appears, indicating that you're ready for the next step.

 

 

Enter the product key to activate Windows. This is the lengthy combination of letters and numbers that you received when purchasing the Windows 10 license. After submitting this, agree to the installation terms and then continue.

Next, choose the partition labeled Drive O Partition X: BOOTCAMP. Click Format, and then the Windows 10 installation tool will reformat that portion of the drive to make it ready for Windows.

You'll have to agree to a few additional prompts before installing Windows 10. Your Mac will copy the files from the USB drive and reboot again. Once this is finished, Windows 10 will launch, and you'll be ready to get to work.

You can choose to boot directly into either macOS or Windows 10 when you start up your MacBook. To select your preference, go to Apple > System Preferences and select Startup Disk. Choose Windows or macOS as the preferred operating system.

If you want to end the Windows experiment, you can launch Boot Camp when in Mac mode and remove the Windows partition.

 

 

After you go through this step, your Mac will relinquish all remnants of Windows. So if you decide that the Windows experiment is no longer necessary, you can reclaim that space.

Whether it's just for a short-term need or you want to live a dual OS life, the ability to install Windows on a Mac is straightforward.

Derek Walter

Derek Walter is a freelance writer in northern California. He is the founder of Walter Media and author of Learning MIT App Inventor. Follow him on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn or Google+.