How to Install Bootcamp on Your Mac and How Much Space You Need
If you want to run Windows on your Mac, you can use Bootcamp, a utility that lets you create a partition on your hard drive and install Windows on it. Bootcamp is free and comes with macOS, but you need to download the Windows support software and a Windows ISO file from Microsoft. In this article, we will show you how to install Bootcamp on your Mac and how much space you need for it.
Step 1: Check Your Mac's Compatibility
Not all Macs can run Bootcamp. You need to have a Mac that supports Windows 10, which are the following models:
MacBook introduced in 2015 or later
MacBook Air introduced in 2012 or later
MacBook Pro introduced in 2012 or later
Mac mini introduced in 2012 or later
iMac introduced in 2012 or later
iMac Pro (all models)
Mac Pro introduced in 2013 or later
You also need to have at least 64 GB of free space on your hard drive, and a USB flash drive with at least 16 GB of storage.
Step 2: Download the Windows Support Software and the Windows ISO File
The Windows support software contains the drivers and software that you need to run Windows on your Mac. You can download it from the Bootcamp Assistant app, which you can find in the Utilities folder in the Applications folder. To download the Windows support software, follow these steps:
Open Bootcamp Assistant and click Continue.
Select the checkbox for \"Download the latest Windows support software from Apple\" and click Continue.
Select your USB flash drive as the destination and click Continue.
Wait for the download to finish and click Quit.
The Windows ISO file is an image of the Windows installation disc. You can download it from Microsoft's website. To download the Windows ISO file, follow these steps:
Go to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO and select your edition and language of Windows 10.
Click Confirm and then select 64-bit as the architecture.
Click Save As and choose a location on your hard drive to save the file.
Wait for the download to finish.
Step 3: Create a Partition for Windows and Install It
A partition is a section of your hard drive that acts as a separate volume. You need to create a partition for Windows so that it does not interfere with macOS. To create a partition for Windows and install it, follow these steps:
Open Bootcamp Assistant again and click Continue.
Select the checkbox for \"Install Windows\" and click Continue.
Select your Windows ISO file and click Open.
Drag the slider to adjust the size of the partition for Windows. The minimum size is 64 GB, but you may want to allocate more space depending on your needs.
Click Install and enter your administrator password if prompted.
Your Mac will restart and boot into the Windows installer. Follow the on-screen instructions to select your language, keyboard layout, and license agreement.
When asked where to install Windows, select the BOOTCAMP partition and click Format. Then click Next.
Wait for the installation to finish. Your Mac will restart several times during this process.
When the installation is complete, you will see the Windows desktop. Insert your USB flash drive with the Windows support software and run the setup.exe file.
Follow the on-screen instructions to install the drivers and software for your Mac hardware.
Your Mac will restart again and boot into Windows. You have successfully installed Bootcamp on your Mac! aa16f39245