Apple offers software called Boot Camp that Allows you to install Windows and macOS on the same computer and switch between the two operating systems. With Boot Camp, you can install Windows on a separate partition on your hard drive and then choose to boot macOS or Windows when you start your Mac. Installing Windows with Boot Camp can be a bit tricky and requires a valid Windows License. We’ve put together a guide on how to do this on your Mac:
Check Compatibility: First, you should make sure your Mac model is compatible with Boot Camp. Visit the Apple official website for supported models and operating system versions. Boot Camp definitely requires an Intel-based Mac!
Create Partition: Boot Camp creates a separate partition on your hard drive for you to install Windows on. This partition is separated from the macOS file system and allows independent installation and use of Windows.
Windows installation media: You need a Windows installation disc or ISO image to install Windows on your Mac. This installation medium can either be on a CD/DVD or a USB stick. (USB stick is recommended)
- Boot Camp Assistant: Open Boot Camp Assistant on your Mac. This wizard will guide you through the installation process, helping you to create the Windows partition, choose the Windows installation media and make the necessary settings.
- Installing Windows: After creating the Windows partition and making the necessary settings, the Mac will restart and you will enter the Windows installation process. Follow the on-screen instructions to install Windows on the Boot Camp partition.
- Booting between macOS and Windows: After the successful installation, when you start your Mac you can choose whether you want to use macOS or Windows. To do this, hold down the Option (Alt) key while the Mac is booting and select the desired operating system.
Note: While using Windows through Boot Camp, some features and drivers may not work as seamlessly as they do on a traditional Windows PC. However, Apple provides Boot Camp Support Software that provides special drivers for the best possible compatibility with Mac hardware.
It’s recommended to do a full backup of your Mac system via Boot Camp before installing Windows and make sure you have enough space on your hard drive to store both macOS and Windows.