If you’re using a Mac notebook computer with an external keyboard, make sure you press and hold the Option key on the built-in keyboard. in the right side of the taskbar, click the Boot Camp icon , then choose Restart in macOS. This also sets the default operating system to macOS.
How to install Windows 10 on a Mac using Boot Camp Assistant
Restart your Mac in macOS or Windows
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You can set the default boot disk in System Preferences>Startup Disk. here:
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Boot Camp itself is free. You have to supply your own single-disc or downloadable full-install version of Windows; an upgrade disc wonât cut it.
Itâs also important to note that you can use a 64-bit version of Windows, Windows 7 (Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate), Windows 8, or Windows 8.1. Consult Apple support to see which Mac models are compatible with which versions of Windows. In its current incarnation, Boot Camp isnât compatible with 32-bit versions of Windows. Other requirements follow:
An Intel Mac with OS X version 10.6 or later>
At least 2GB of RAM and 20GB of available space on the Macâs storage drive that you want to donate to Windows>
A blank CD or USB storage device that youâll use for Windows software drivers>
If you donât run into snags, the entire installation should take about an hour.
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are optimized for a touchscreen environment, though you can use it with a standard mouse and keyboard. For now, Macs donât support touchscreen computing. To install Windows 8 via Boot Camp, you still must have a legitimate Windows 8 license from Microsoft and a Win8 installation disc, assuming that you have an optical drive. If you donât have an optical drive, you may be able to create a Windows installer from an ISO file downloaded from Microsoft on a USB flash drive thatâs 8GB or larger.
Because snags are possible, back up all your important information on the Macâs startup disk.
Basic trainingFollowing are the basic steps to get through Boot Camp:
Run Boot Camp Assistant (in the Utilities folder inside the Applications folder) to make sure that you have the latest firmware on your computer and to install any support software from Apple that you might need.> Youâll find any updates at Apple support. If youâre using a laptop, make sure to connect the power adapter. You will also be given the option to create a Windows 7 (or later version) install disk for which youâll need a USB flash drive and an ISO downloaded from Apple.>
Follow the prompts in Boot Camp Assistant to create a partition for Windows.> Youâre essentially carving out an area of your hard drive for the Windows operating system. This partition must be at least 30GB and can swell to the total free disk space on hand minus 30GB. If you donât plan on doing much in Windows, keep the partition small.> Drag the divider to set the partitions for both OS X and Windows, or click Divide Equally to make equal partitions. You canât resize a Windows partition after creating it, though you can replace it with a larger Windows partition.> If you have a Mac Pro with more than one internal hard drive, you can select which drive to partition. If any of this makes you nervous, know that you can remove the Windows partition later and go back to a single-partition Mac.>
Insert the Windows CD or a USB flash drive with the Windows ISO file and then click Start Installation.> If you exited Boot Camp Assistant before installing Windows, open it again, choose Start the Windows Installer, and click Continue.>
When youâre asked to choose the Windows partition, select the partition that says BOOTCAMP.> You may have to scroll down to see it.> Donât erase any partitions that you see or create a new partition here. Failure to heed this warning could wipe out your entire Mac OS X startup disk.>
(Optional) If you see a listing for Drive Options, click it; otherwise, proceed to Step 6.>
Reformat the partition by using the Windows installer: Click Format.> Youâre using the reliable and secure NTFS file system, but you wonât be able to save files to Windows from Mac OS X, at least not without a techie workaround.>
Follow the onscreen instructions to finish installing Windows.> Boot Camp 5.1 includes several Mac drivers so that Windows will recognize your trackpad, Thunderbolt, USB 3.0, the iSight (or FaceTime) camera, the Eject key on the Mac keyboard, networking, audio, graphics, and so on.> A Boot Camp Control Panel for Windows and an Apple Boot Camp system-tray item will be added.>
As with any new Windows computer, Microsoft requires that you activate your Windows software within 30 days.