Did you know that it is possible to install and start using Windows 10 on any Mac with the help of Boot Camp? If your Apple computer is running OS X Yosemite or up, find out how you can get Windows as the second operating system.
Mind System Requirements
To begin with, you will not be able to do anything without a supporting software. Those are special Boot Camp drivers that allow running Windows along with Mac OS X. Such drivers are auto-downloaded once the user applies Boot Camp Assistant. This tool supports 64-bit editions of Windows 10 Home and Pro when applied with a corresponding model of Apple computer.
Discover Windows 10 file in shape of ISO – that is the way Microsoft company offers its creation. Another typical form of this operating system is a USB flash drive. In case you are interested in obtaining exactly Windows 10, you should get an ISO file of the 64-bit version of this operating system’s installer. One way is to obtain this type of file from Microsoft if you bought the USB flash drive. In this flash drive version, a user can notice a special installation key. Are you dealing with this type of OS on your Mac for the first time in your life? Check whether the native installer was designed for a complete installation process. Do not use an upgrade installer as it won’t bring the desired effect. Mind that you will need only USB 2 as USB 3 will not suit your mission.
Make a new setup of Windows 10
Stick to the following stages while setting up Windows on Mac initially:
- The last paragraph of this post contains the list of Mac models that can run Windows 10 – read it first!
- Make sure three elements are up-to-date to install Windows 10 properly. Those are Mac firmware, Boot Camp Assistant, and macOS or another operating system you use on Mac like Mac OS X. Download all necessary updates if any of them are available.
- Launch Boot Camp Assistant. It can be found in Utilities. You may find it with the help of Spotlight.
- Apply Boot Camp Assistant to set up another copy of Windows.
Come up with an Upgrade Install of Windows 10
Is there any previous version of Windows operating system on your Apple computer? If yes, the stages mentioned below are right for you:
Switching to Windows 10 from 64-bit version
It is possible to update the present 64-bit installations of Windows 7/8.1 to the 10th version of this Microsoft operating system. So, check whether you have one set up on your Mac previously. Check the amount of space available as Windows will not install unless you have ten or more gigabytes of free space on the Windows partition. Mind that upgrading from Windows 8.0 directly to the 10th edition is impossible: it is important to get Windows 8.1 first.
- Once again, check the full list of compatible Mac models, which appears at the end of this post.
- Boot Mac from macOS.
- Once the desktop shows up, select App Store from the Apple menu. Pick Updates. They are right in the App Store window. Find any available software updates. Check if macOS and Mac firmware are upgraded according to the latest releases.
- Boot Mac from the previously installed edition of Windows.
- Launch Apple Software Update for Windows. Set up all the updates. Do not forget about the FaceTime Camera.
- Apply the Windows installer to update this operating system.
- Wait until the setup process is over. Launch Apple Software Update once more. Set up the possible updates to discover corresponding drivers from Boot Camp and check whether they are ‘fresh.’ Mind that it is okay for the Apple computer to reboot several times during this procedure. Once the driver set up is over, sign in to Windows to start using its latest version on the Apple computer.
Switching to Windows 10 from 32-bit version
Do you possess a 32-bit installation of Windows OS on your Apple computer? Do not hurry to upgrade from it – back up the data first! Then, you will be able to replace the current Windows partition with a 64-bit one.
- Make a backup of all the data you consider valuable.
- Apply Boot Camp Assistant to replace the Windows partition your Mac is currently using.
- Apply Boot Camp Assistant to set up a 64-bit edition of Windows
- Make copies of the valuable information to the Windows drive once you set up the operating system from Microsoft.
What Features Does Windows 10 Offer?
The existing edition of Microsoft operating system supports drivers that user can get from Boot Camp Assistant. It supports the next features of the Apple computer in Windows 10:
- Built-in SD or SDXC card slot
- Built-in or USB Apple SuperDrive
- USB 3
- Your Apple keyboard, trackpad, and mouse
An internal Mac’s drive may also help to resolve the issue. Get Windows 10 on it if you wish. The thing is Boot Camp Assistant assists in developing a partition on the drive compatible with the Microsoft’s operating system. It means that each time a user sets up Windows on Apple computer with a Fusion Drive, the corresponding partition is developed on its mechanical hard drive part.
Are you done with the Windows installation? Great, so you may get the most recent edition of iTunes for this operating system. Just authorize the app in Windows to view videos and play audio tracks from the corresponding Store.
What should one do in case any features refuse to work after booting an Apple computer from Windows 10? Just reinstall Boot Camp support software. The Assistant will help.
“No Images Are Available” Error: What Is It All about?
Find out what a Mac owner must do in case “No images are available” notification appears while trying to set up Windows 10 with the help of Boot Camp?
Some Mac owners complain about an irritating message saying that no images are available once they type the license key when using a USB 3 flash drive.
In order to solve the problem:
- Move the Windows 10 Anniversary Update disk image file to a USB 2 flash drive as USB 3 usually does not work.
- Apply a Windows 10 ISO instead.
Mac Models Compatible with Windows 10
- MacBook Pro (2012 and later)
- MacBook Air (2012 and later)
- MacBook (2015 and later)
- iMac Pro (2017)
- iMac (2012 and later)
- Mac mini (2012 and later)
- Mac mini Server (Late 2012)
- Mac Pro (Late 2013)