Windows on a Mac

Apple Computers provide limited support for installing and running the Microsoft Operating System (Windows 10). The instructions below are provided as-is and are copied from the Apple Website. For the latest instructions, please visit https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT201468

Requirements:

Before you begin, make sure you have everything you need:

  • An Intel-based Mac
  • A Microsoft Windows installation ISO – you can get this from the OnTheHub website – here
  • A solid state hard drive with at least 100GB free
  • A blank 16GB or larger USB (If you have a newer MacBook, you don’t need a flash drive)
  • 8GB RAM or higher is strongly recommended
  • Ensure that your overall laptop meets the minimum laptop requirements of the program. The laptop requirements can be found on the Laptops page
You will also need Windows 10

Please note that you will also need Windows 10 to complete these steps!
Fanshawe Students get Windows 10 free of charge. Instructions are provided at the OnTheHub page. Please visit the page here to download Windows 10 prior to attempting the instructions below.

1. Check System Requirements

Some versions of Windows require a certain processor and more hard drive space and memory (RAM) than others. Check the documentation that came with your copy of Windows to find out what you need. Then use System Information to see what your Mac currently has.

2. Get a Windows disk image

When you buy Windows, it comes as a disk image file (ISO) that you download, or as an installation disc or USB flash drive. If your copy of Windows came on a DVD, you might need to create a disk image of it to work with Boot Camp. If your version of Windows came on a USB flash drive, you can download an ISO from Microsoft or from the OnTheHub page.

3. Open Boot Camp Assistant

Boot Camp Assistant guides you through installing Windows on your Mac. Open this app from the Utilities folder inside the Applications folder. Then follow the onscreen instructions to repartition your startup disk and download related software drivers for Windows. If you’re prompted during installation, connect a blank USB 2 flash drive.

4. Format your Windows partition

When you complete the assistant, your Mac restarts to the Windows installer. When you’re asked where you want to install Windows, select the BOOTCAMP partition, then click Format.

This step is required only if you’re using a flash drive or optical drive to install Windows. In all other cases, the correct partition is selected and formatted for you automatically. 

5. Install Windows and Windows Support Software

Unplug any external devices, such as displays and disks, that aren’t necessary during installation. Then follow the onscreen prompts to install Windows. When installation is complete, your Mac starts up in Windows and launches an installer for Windows Support Software. If the screen that says “Welcome to the Boot Camp installer” doesn’t appear automatically, you can install Windows Support Software manually.

6. Switch between macOS and Windows

After installing both Windows and Windows Support Software, you can switch back to macOS using the Boot Camp system tray item in Windows. Select the macOS volume, then restart your Mac. To switch from macOS to Windows, use the Startup Disk preference pane to select the Boot Camp volume, then restart your Mac. You can also hold down the Option key after restarting your Mac to choose between macOS and Windows.