How To Run Windows on a Mac
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How to Run Windows on a Mac
Apple products have established themselves as a beautiful, high quality product, which has led to an explosion in popularity over the last decade. They offer ease of use, reliability, and attractive design—but despite this, in the business sphere, it is still a windows world.
For businesses, there are still many instances when you cannot get around the need to run Windows, making a switch to Mac products difficult, if not impossible. This does not need to prevent you from investing in Apple products for your business, however, as the Windows operating system can be installed and run on your Mac computer.
Read on below for the process of installing and running windows on a Mac computer.
There are two basic approaches to running Windows on your Mac computer. The approach you take depends on what you intend to use Windows for and how frequent your Windows needs are.
Installing Windows With Apple Boot Camp
Apple has made it extremely easy to set up Windows on your Mac computer with Boot Camp. Keep in mind that operating systems require a significant amount of disk space, so make sure you have a minimum of 20 gigabytes free before starting an installation.
As for the installation process itself, follow the steps below:
- Determine which version of Mac you have by finding the “About this Mac” information on your Apple menu.
- Ensure your Mac is capable of running the version of windows you want to run.
- Backup your Mac before starting any installation process just to ensure your files are safe in the event that something goes wrong.
- Print out the Boot Camp Guide. During installation, you may not have access to the guide, so it is best to have a hard copy of it, unless you have another computer you can use during the installation process.
- Open the Boot Camp Assistant. It can be found under Applications | Utilities.
- Hit continue on the wizard after you have downloaded and printed the guide. There will be three check boxes. The type of installation you are attempting will determine which boxes need to be checked. If you already have your Windows installation software, uncheck the first check box. If you have an ISO file, leave it checked. Leave the last option checked because this will create a Boot Camp Windows partition on your hard drive.
- Create the bootable USB drive if you’ve copied the Windows installer ISO to your Mac.
- The wizard will now download the Boot Camp support software. Save this data to a USB drive.
- Next, you will need to determine how much hard drive space you intend to dedicate to Windows. This will depend on how many things you plan to use Windows for. If you are doing video and photo editing, you will want to reserve a fair amount of hard drive space.
- Now you can click Install. You will need to have your USB drive containing the Windows installer plugged in.
- Go through the Windows installation process and choose Custom for the installation type. Select the drive partition named BOOTCAMP, then click Format.
- Once this is complete, click Next. This wil start the regular Windows installation.
- Lastly, you must install the Boot Camp support software by double-clicking setup.exe in the Boot Camp folder on the USB drive you saved these files to. This will complete the installation with hardware drivers to that keyboards, cameras, and other devices will operate correctly.
Once the list above is complete, you will have a fully functional version of Windows on your Mac. To boot your computer in Windows mode, hold down the Option right after hitting the power button when restarting your computer. This will then give you an option of starting in Windows or OS X.
Running Windows on a Mac Virtually
Virtualization, if you are unfamiliar with the term, is a technique that essentially creates a virtual machine to operate within a machine. It is most commonly used to create multiple servers within a single server, but the same technique can be used to run Windows on a Mac.
The two most common virtualization programs used for installing Windows on a Mac are Parallels and VMware Fusion. Both of these applications have their own installation guides. Visit the websites below for installation instructions:
- Installing Windows on your Mac using Parallels Desktop
- Installing Windows on Your Mac Using VMware Fusion
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