How to install Windows using Boot Camp?

hero_bootcampBoot Camp is an application that helps you install Microsoft Windows operating system on your Mac system. After installing Windows, restart your Mac computer to switch between OS X and Windows.

For installation of MS Windows on Mac system using Boot Camp, the requirements are mentioned below:

  • An Intel-based Mac
  • Microsoft Windows installation media or disk image (ISO) contains 64-bit version of MS Windows 8 or later
  • Mouse or track pad, Apple keyboard, or a USB keyboard and mouse
  • 55 GB of free space on disk on your startup drive
  • Required a blank USB flash drive of atleast 16 GB space.

Check System Requirements

Some versions of Windows operating system require a particular processor, more space on hard drive and memory (RAM). Make sure that the documentation which came with the copy of Windows to sort out what you need. Then use the Information of system to see what the Mac system currently has.

Get a Windows Disk Image

When you purchase Windows OS, it comes as an ISO file (disk image file) that you download, or as an installation USB flash drive. If the copy of Windows OS came on DVD, you are advised to create a disk image in order to work with Boot Camp. If the version of Windows came on a USB flash drive, then you can download an ISO file from Microsoft.

Open Boot Camp Assistant

Boot Camp Assistant guides the user through installation of Windows on your Mac system. First of all open this application from Utility folder in the Applications folder and then follow the onscreen instructions as described to automatically repartitioning your startup disk and download software drivers for Windows. If you are prompted during installation of Windows operating system, connect a blank USB flash drive.

Format your Windows Partition

When user completes the assistant, your Mac system restarts to Windows installer. When you are asked where to install Windows, then select the BOOTCAMP partition, then press Format.

Install Windows

Follow the given onscreen prompts in order to finish the Windows installation.

Restart your Computer

After installing Windows operating system, you can switch between OS X and Windows. Then use the Startup Disk preference pane in the OS X or the Boot Camp system tray item in Windows in order to choose your startup disk, and then restart the computer.