Intel-based Mac computers’ OS X came with a useful utility named Boot Camp. It’s a multi-boot utility that allows users to run Microsoft Windows operating system on their Mac computers. It was first included in Mac OS X Leopard. Boot Camp 5.0 supports Windows 7 and Windows 8 (64 bit versions). The advantage of using Boot Camp is that you don’t have to install and operate two operating systems concurrently in your Mac computer.
Virtual machines can be used to run Windows in Mac. However, applications that perform intensively usually don’t work in them. However, they will work if you run Windows with Boot Camp. This tutorial shows how you can run Windows on your Mac after installing Boot Camp.
You need to have the latest updates from Apple installed on your Mac before beginning.
- Step 1: Launch your web browser and visit www.apple.com/support/bootcamp/
- Step 2: Now check for updates and then download and install all the necessary updates
- Step 3: Click the ‘Apple’ menu and select ‘Software update’ to install updates on your Mac
- Step 4: Now reboot the system and check for updates once more
As Boot Camp reallocates your hard disk space, it’s recommended to back up your data and store the backup somewhere safe in case if the data gets corrupted in the process.
Running Boot Camp Assistant (OS X 10.6 or later)
- Step 1: Quit all running applications and open a Finder window
- Step 2: Click ‘Applications’ and then select ‘Utilities’
- Step 3: Double click Boot Camp Assistant in the Utilities folder
- Step 4: Click ‘Continue’ in the window that appears
- Step 5: Choose to download Windows support software for Mac if prompted
- Step 6: Then click Continue
- Step 7: Provide your administrator password and hit Enter to start downloading the software
- Step 8: Now burn the downloaded files to a disc or store them in a flash drive
You will now have to create a partition for Windows on your hard drive and you will be prompted for it by the assistant.
- Step 1: When a partition slider appears, adjust it to give space to the Windows in your hard drive
You can give any space but the available free space for OS X will be decremented. Windows 7 requires at least 16 GB. So it’s recommended to devote about 20 GB for Windows.
- Step 2: Click ‘Partition’ and wait till the process is complete
- Step 1: Insert the Windows disc into the optical drive
- Step 2: Click ‘Start Installation’, which will then restart your system and launch the Windows setup
- Step 3: Follow the installation instructions and choose ‘Custom Installation’ when prompted
The ‘Where do you want to Install Windows’ screen should now appear.
- Step 4: Select the ‘BOOTCAMP’ partition
- Step 5: Now select Drive options and choose ‘Format’ in the advanced options
- Step 6: Make sure you don’t make any other selections as there is chance that the OS X will be removed
Install Windows drivers
The Mac hardware will have to work with Windows properly. To ensure this, you need to install the drivers you downloaded.
- Step 1: Eject the Windows installation disc
- Step 2: Insert the flash drive or disc where you stored the downloaded drivers
- Step 3: Open the flash drive or the disc and open Boot Camp folder
- Step 4: Double click ‘setup.exe’ to install the drivers and follow instructions
- Step 5: If you get warnings, select ‘Continue Anyway’ to go on with the installation
You now have Windows and Mac OS X running in your Mac. You can choose any of the two operating systems during the start up. You just have to press and hold the Option key while boot or reboot to see the OS selection screen.