Windows 10 has been out for a while and there are a lot of things happening with in the Windows world that make some Mac OS X user curious. That is unless you want to try out Windows 7 that is. Nonetheless, if you want to try out Windows 10 on your Mac you can try installing it on Boot Camp. Here is how to install Window 10 on a Mac with Boot Camp.
Confirm Mac Requirements
Before we begin we need to make sure your Mac has enough space and the necessary hardware to handle Windows 10 via Boot Camp.
To install Windows 10 you will need an Intel based Mac with an Apple or USB keyboard and mouse, and sometimes a built-in optical drive. Also make sure you have a flash drive that is empty, it will be formatted, and can hold about 16 gigs worth of data.
Lastly you will need space on your Macs hard drive. I personally recommend at least 100 GB worth of space but you can get away with at least 30-40GB.
Note: Apple provides a handy system requirements list for various Mac models which details the version of Boot Camp your system requires to complete a Windows install.
Create a Windows 10 Bootable USB or DVD using Boot Camp
Before we begin installing Windows 10 we need to create a bootable flash drive with Windows 10 on it. You will need a Windows 10 ISO, which you can get a copy from Microsoft directly. Or you can skip this step already if you are familiar with creating your own bootable USB. Just make sure you click to download the Windows support drivers or your Windows 10 install may not work correctly on your Mac. Otherwise follow the steps below and Boot Camp will create the flash drive for you. Click on Continue after Boot Camp launches to get to the next screen.
Boot Camp will ask you if you want to create an install disk or Windows USB flash drive. Make sure to check the box if you want to create one. Plug in your flash drive, make sure it is big enough and it doesn’t have anything on it you care about. Also make sure the Download the latest Windows support software from Apple is also checked, then press Continue.
Boot Camp will ask you to select the Window 10 ISO. Click the Choose button to select it from your file system. Next you will need to select the USB drive you will use. Select your flash drive from the bottom and click Continue to begin.
The next process can take a long time, depending on the speed of your USB port and drive. Be patient we are almost done installing Windows 10.
This wraps up the bootable Windows 10 drive. Now we will partition our hard drive to install Windows 10. Make sure you have enough room to begin.
Partition your Mac Hard Drive for Windows 10
Next we will have to partition our hard drive for Windows 10. Boot Camp can help use do this automatically. If you follow the steps above to create a bootable USB drive then the next window will be the partition manager. You might get an admin prompt during this process. Enter your admin credentials to continue.
After you entered your admin account you will be in the partition manager of Boot Camp. Here you can slide the divider and select how much space you want for Windows 10. You can even divide your Mac hard drive equally if you want to. When you are finished select the size, we recommend at least 100 GB, click Install to continue.
Boot Camp will finalized the rest of the process on your Mac and your computer will reboot. Make sure to have your Windows 10 flash drive plugged in or DVD.
Install Windows 10
After your Mac reboots make sure you press and hold the ALT key. This will open the alternate boot menu and here we will select our USB flash drive. Windows 10 installation guide will boot up. Follow the instructions and make sure you select the Boot Camp drive as the location to install Windows 10. You may need to format the drive before the installation guide lets you continue.
Windows 10 will take some time to install so be patient. After it is installed and you finish setting up your new user account, you should see the Boot Camp driver installation screen. Run through the setup and wait until Windows 10 reboots. After that is all said and done you are now ready to use Windows 10. Play around with the OS and let us know what you think about it.