How to install Windows 10 on a Mac

Windows 10 is the most-optimized desktop operating system Microsoft has ever released to the public. Windows 10 retains the best aspects of Windows 7 and Windows 8 while introducing a lot of new things. Microsoft has been working on improving Windows 10 since the launch day to add up to a better user experience.

The Redmond company has been adding new features and changes to Windows 10. Last month, the big tech giant announced the Windows 10’s April 2018 Update following months of beta testing. The update introduces a number of exciting features like TimeLine, nearby sharing, focus assist, a much-improved windows defender security center, and more.

Windows 10 now can run smoothly alongside its competitor’s operating system. If you now own a Mac, then you can install Windows 10 on your device and use it as a secondary OS. The install process has become easier than it was before, thanks to a handy tool called Boot Camp. However, installing Windows 10 on a Mac using Boot Camp may be unknown to many folks. With that in mind, we are here to help.

In the section below, we will walk you through the steps on how to install Windows 10 on a Mac using Boot Camp. Before we begin, note that Boot Camp tool only supports the 64-bit version of Windows 8 or higher.

  1. First, things to know

To install Windows 10 on your Mac, you first need to download a Windows 10 ISO file to your device. You can download it directly from Microsoft’s download site. Make sure you now have 55GB of free storage on your device before moving ahead.

Keep in mind that something may come up during installation, so make sure you create the bootable Windows 10 USB disk to protect your personal data. You can do it by using Microsoft’s Windows USB tool

Another thing you need to know is that Windows 10 won’t support all Mac models. Windows 10 only works on MacBook Pro (2012 or later), and MacBook Air (2012 or newer). So make sure you now have a compatible Mac before proceeding.

Assuming that you have met all the above requirements, let’s dive in how to install Windows 10 on your Mac.

  1. How to install Windows 10 on your Mac using Boot Camp

Step one: First off, open the Boot Camp Assistant app on your Mac. You can open the app by heading over to Applications/Utility

Step two: Next up, select the Windows 10 ISO file you downloaded earlier and then select the partition size to make room for Windows 10 (make sure you now have at least 40GB of free storage on your Mac). Note that you cannot adjust the partition size once it is created

Step three: Once you are done, Boot Camp will start downloading Windows support software (the process may take several minutes depending on your internet connection). Once done, the installer will automatically open on your Mac and partition the hard disk of your Mac

Step four: The installation process will kick off, and then enter your admin password when requested

Step five: The Boot Camp Assistant app will restart your Mac. Once your Mac finishes booting up, you will be presented with the Windows 10 installer. Now just simply follow the instructions to install Windows 10 on your Mac. During installation, select the Boot Camp partition for Windows 10 and format it as NTFS

Step six: Once you are done, set up Windows 10 and download any available updates. After that, the Boot Camp installer will automatically install all drivers for your Mac.

That’s all. Windows 10 now runs smoothly on your Mac. However, note that you cannot use your Mac keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10.

The good news is that you can easily switch between macOS and Windows 10 on your Mac. To do this, restart your Mac, and hold down the Option key until you see the Apple logo. Now just simply select the OS you wish to boot into.

  1. How to remove Windows 10 from your Mac

If you hardly use Windows 10 on your Mac, then you can easily remove it from your Mac. To do this, you simply boot your Mac into macOS, then open the Boot Camp Assistant app and select Remove Windows 10. Once you are done, simply hit Continue and click Restore. Keep in mind that doing so will remove everything from your Windows 10 partition. Make sure you have a backup of your partition if you want to install Windows 10 later.

Also read: Windows 10’s April 2018 Update: What’s new in Windows Defender Security Center

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