How do I put Windows on my Mac?

Answered by Frank Schwing

Installing Windows on a Mac can be a straightforward process if you follow the steps correctly. I’ll guide you through the process using Boot Camp Assistant, which is a built-in utility on your Mac.

1. Check your Secure Boot setting:
– Start by ensuring that your Mac’s Secure Boot setting is compatible with Windows installation. To do this, restart your Mac and hold down the Option key.
– Select the “System Information” option and look for the “Secure Boot” entry under the “Model Identifier” section.
– If the Secure Boot setting is set to “Full Security,” you will need to change it to “Medium Security” or “No Security” for Windows installation. Note that this step might vary depending on your Mac model and macOS version.

2. Use Boot Camp Assistant to create a Windows partition:
– Launch Boot Camp Assistant, which you can find in the “Utilities” folder within the “Applications” folder.
– Click on “Continue” and choose the ISO file of the Windows installation media you have.
– Adjust the partition size for Windows. You can use the slider to allocate space according to your needs. Note that the minimum required size is 64 GB, but it’s recommended to allocate more if you plan on using Windows for resource-intensive tasks.
– Click on “Install” to let Boot Camp Assistant prepare the Windows partition.

3. Format the Windows (BOOTCAMP) partition:
– Once the partitioning process is complete, your Mac will restart, and you will be prompted to install Windows.
– Select the BOOTCAMP partition during the installation process and click on “Format” to ensure it is formatted correctly for Windows.
– Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the Windows installation. You might be asked to enter your product key and choose various settings during the process.

4. Install Windows:
– After formatting the BOOTCAMP partition, proceed with the installation by selecting it and clicking on “Next.”
– Follow the instructions provided by the Windows installation wizard to complete the installation process.
– Once Windows is installed, your Mac will restart again.

5. Use the Boot Camp installer in Windows:
– When your Mac restarts, it will boot into Windows.
– Insert the Mac OS X installation disc or USB drive that came with your Mac.
– Open the disc or USB drive in Windows Explorer and run the “setup.exe” file located in the “Boot Camp” folder.
– Follow the on-screen instructions to install the necessary drivers and utilities for your Mac hardware to work correctly in Windows.

Remember to periodically check for updates to the Boot Camp software and drivers to ensure compatibility and optimal performance between macOS and Windows.

Installing Windows on a Mac can be a bit time-consuming, but by following these steps, you should be able to successfully run Windows alongside macOS on your Mac computer.