Shortly after the first Intel-based Macs appeared on the market, Apple released a Boot Camp tool, allowing Mac owners to install and boot their computers into Microsoft Windows with the installation. Install existing OS X without running two operating systems simultaneously – Run performance-intensive applications without working in a virtual machine (like Parallels or VMWare Fusion). Here’s how to set up Boot Camp.
Check for updates and backups
Before you begin, make sure you have the latest updates from Apple on your Mac.
If prompted for your administrative credentials, fill in. Press Enter to start downloading the software. After the download is complete, save the files to your flash drive or burn them to a disc.
Partition your hard drive
Once you have finished downloading the software, the assistant will prompt you to create a Windows partition on your hard drive. This action segments your hard drive to reserve some free space for Windows without tampering with or deleting your current OS X installation. At this point, you will see a slider representing your hard drive.
Here you can decide how much hard drive space to allocate to your Windows partition.
Adjust the slider to partition your Windows more or less free space. Please note that any area you specify will be deducted from the available free space for OS X. (Note: installing Windows 7 will require at least 16GB of partition space for installation). Satisfied with your partition diagram, click Partition.
OS X will begin to partition and rearrange your hard drive data, a process that can take a while.
Install Windows on MAC computer
Once the defragmentation process is complete, and your hard drive has been prepared and ready to support Windows, the ultimate task is to install the Windows operating system.
Insert your Windows installation disc into the Mac optical drive. You will need to purchase a full copy of Microsoft Windows; This is not included with your Mac purchase.
Click the Start Installation button. Your computer will restart and start installing Windows.
Follow the wizard to complete a standard Windows installation. If prompted to perform an upgrade or custom installation, select the customization option. Where do you want to install Windows? On the screen, select the partition labeled BOOTCAMP. Then, choose Drive Options (advanced) and select Format. Don’t make any other options, or you risk losing your OS X installation.
Now you are ready to begin the real Windows installation.
If you’re having trouble installing Windows, you can consult the Windows documentation for help.
Install Windows drivers
Once Windows is installed, you need to install the drivers you downloaded in a previous step to ensure that all your Mac hardware is working correctly in Windows, including the audio network adapters. , display, and wireless network.
When the installation is complete, eject the Windows disc from your computer. If you only have one eject button on your Mac keyboard and it doesn’t work anymore, you can click Start, Computer, and then right-click on the optical drive and press Eject to remove the disc.
Insert the flash drive or disc that you recorded earlier that contained the Windows drivers.
Click Start,Computer, and double-click to open the disc or flash drive.
In the Boot Camp folder, double-click setup.exe to install the Windows drivers for your Mac. From there, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation. Don’t cancel any of the settings, or you might get an error. If you see a certification or testing warning at any time, you can click Continue anywhere to continue.
After the installation is complete, reboot your computer.
Choose which Operating System to use
Now that you have both Mac OS X and Windows installed and active, you can always choose which operating system to launch at startup. Just hold down theOptionkeywhen turning on your computer or during a reboot to open the OS-selection menu and make your selection by double-clicking on Mac OS X or Windows.