windows on mac

Yes you’ve heard it right. Installing a Microsoft Windows 10 on an Apple MacBook. For those of you who don’t know, Apple is against you doing this. But well,you own your MacBook and you have paid for it. You have a right to do whatever you want with it and windows 10 is something that you would love to explore.

People who are regular and old users of apple products would know how hard apple works to make sure people do not install some other software other than those provided by apple. But, amazingly, it is very simple to installMicrosoft Windows 10 on an Apple MacBook.

There are basically 2 methods of doing so. I’ll briefly define both methods to help decide which one to follow.

  1. Use Apple’s own built-in Boot Camp software. It will install windows 10 on a separate partition on your hard drive. Then you can runsolely windows only. You will have a windows PC on a MacBook.
  2. Run windows 10 the way you run an iOS on android. A virtual program will be used to run windows 10 with MacBook OS on the background.

I personally prefer option 1 as this will you give you a much better windows 10 experience than option 2. If you love your MacBook OS, and don’t want to switch but you just want to give windows 10 a glance, option 2 is the one for you. I will explain both of the methods for you here.

 

 

1.  INSTALL USING BOOT CAMP:

This method basics is that you will be downloading and installing windows 10 on a separate partition on your MacBook and then you will be using Boot Camp to boot directly into windows 10. This way windows 10 will be managing your MacBook hardware and it will give a better performance to it. But is something goes wrong or if you just don’t like using windows 10, it is a hassle to remove it.

This method begins with the most basic job of downloading the windows 10 ISO file. Use a windows 10 DVD and create an ISO image of that DVD or get it from the internet. I won’t explain here how to create an ISO image of your DVD as that is a whole different story and if you don’t know how to create an ISO image then just use a torrent to download the ISO image from the internet.

Now, back-up your MacBook. This is optional but we strongly recommend that you do it in case something goes wrong.

Then make sure that you have a valid windows 10 product key. It will needed during the installation. If you have a DVD of windows 10, check on its back. For an ISO, you will have to request one from Microsoft. Genuine windows 7/8/8.1 users get a free windows 10 product key.

Now we create a windows 10 installation USB disk. Run Boot Camp assistant on your MacBook and tick the option ‘Create a windows 7 or later version install disk’ and ‘install windows 7 or later version’. Next, you have to plug in your USB drive and select windows 10 ISO file from Boot Camp assistant. Boot Camp will make your USB bootable with windows 10 and the drivers needed will also be copied to it.

Steps from here onwards will start modifying your system so pay crucial attention now.

Now you need to partition your MacBook drive.You are going to fetch the storage from MacBook OS and you will be handing it over to windows 10. You will need at least 30 GB of storage for windows 10. But it is better if you be more generous and give it more storage.

Now after setting up the storage, click install. Normally, now you will see your windows restarting many times during the installation until u reach the ‘We’re getting our apps ready’ screen. Don’t worry as this screen takes a long time.

After setting up, you will see a final reboot. While your system is booting, hold the option/alt key to get the menu where you can select between MacBook OS and windows 10. Whenever asked, enter the product and your windows 10 will be ready with one last step left.

Install the drivers that Boot Camp loaded to your USB disk. Run setup from these files and then your MacBook is finally ready for you to enjoy windows 10.

2.  INSTALL USING VIRTUAL MACHINE:

Now this method is for those who just want a look at windows 10 but love their MacBook OS and do not want to shift. This will run windows 10 over your MacBook OS as a virtual system. So, MacBook OS will be running on the background and windows 10 will be running just like an app on the front. Windows won’t manage your MacBook hardware itself, so performance will be affected and you will not get a true windows 10 experience. But the advantage is that it is safe as any error or problem will not put you through a hassle.

We will use Oracle VirtualBox to run windows 10. There are other softwares you can use like `VMware Fusion’ or `Parallel Desktops for Mac’.

Of course firstly, you need toget VirtualBox software.

The next step is similar to the above method. Downloading the windows 10 ISO file. Use a windows 10 DVD and create an ISO image of that DVD or get it from the internet. I won’t explain here how to create an ISO image of your DVD as that is a whole different story and if you don’t know how to create an ISO image then just use a torrent to download the ISO image from the internet.

Now, back-up your MacBook. This is optional but we strongly recommend that you do it in case something goes wrong.

After you get the software, run it. It will ask which operating system to install. Choose windows 10 64-bit or 32-bit whichever version you have downloaded.

The next step is important. You have to select the amount of RAM that you want to allocate to windows 10 to use.  You will be playing with the performance of both windows 10 and the MacBook OS by this. Windows 10 needs at least 2GB of RAM for running properly. But again, try to be generous and give it more RAM up to 4GB if you can. This is important if you have 64-bit version.

Now again you have to select the amount of storage that you want to give windows 10. 25GB will be appropriate but it’s better if you give more storage. Don’t worry too much as performance won’t be affected so much by this.

Now select VirtualBox disk image option on the next screen that you get and continue. Now you will have toselect between dynamically allocated hard drive (select if short on space) or a fixed-size one (select for faster performance).

Next, you have to highlight the windows 10 VM in the VirtualBox dashboard and select the green start arrow. You will have to show the VM to the windows 10 ISO file you got earlier.

Windows installation screen will appear. Follow the setup selecting custom installation when asked and you will be asked where to install windows. Just click next on that page.

After a few more screens, you will get your windows 10 running. Enjoy!