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Macs have been increasingly popular in recent days. However, sometimes, even you've bought a new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, you still have to run Windows on a Mac. This could happen for a variety of reasons like there's an application your company uses that's only available for Windows, or you're a web developer and you need to test your sites in a true native Windows web browser. Or maybe you want to play computer games that aren't available for OS X. Whatever your reason for running Windows, let's focus on our topic and see how to run Windows on a Mac using Apple's Boot Camp.
How to run Windows on a Mac using Boot Camp
In order to dual boot Windows and Mac on the same Mac computer, you need the help of Boot Camp. Just follow the steps below to learn details.
- 1. Go to Apple's Boot Camp to see if you have a new update to install for your model. If there is a new update, you should click the Apple menu > Software Update... to install any updates for your system.
Important: Boot Camp will reallocate space on your hard drive, you should back up any important data before you continue in case you lost files on Mac.
- 2. In OS X, quit all open applications, and then open a Finder window and click Applications, Utilities. In the Utilities folder, double-click Boot Camp Assistant to launch the assistant.
- 3. Click Continue to begin setup. When prompted, select Download the Windows support software for this Mac. This software will allow you to install the most current drivers for Windows. Click Continue.
- 4. If prompted for your administrative credentials, fill them in. Press Enter to start downloading the software. As the download finishes, save the files to a flash drive or burn them to a disc.
- 5. After downloading the software, Boot Camp Assistant will display you a pop-up windows which helps to create a Windows partition on your hard drive. You can drag the slide bar to allocate space for your Window hard drive, just like the image below shows.
Important: Windows 7 installations will require at least 16GB of partition space in order to install.
- 5. Click "Partition" when all is OK. The partition will take some time.
- 6. Insert your Windows installation disc into your Mac optical drive to install Windows. (You will need to buy a full copy of Microsoft Windows if you don't have one.) Click Start Installation and your computer will reboot and start the installation of Windows.
- 7. Next you need to install the drivers you downloaded earlier to make sure that all of your Mac hardware works properly in Windows, including sound, display, and wireless network adapters.
- 8. When the installation is complete, remove the Windows disc from your computer. Insert the flash drive or disc you burned earlier containing the Windows drivers. Then click Start > Computer, and double-click to open the disc or flash drive. In Boot Camp folder, double-click setup.exe and follow the instructions to install the Windows drivers for your Mac.
During the process, do not cancel any installations, or you may get errors. After the installation is complete, reboot your computer. You can then choose whether to run Windows or Mac on your Mac computer by using the Option key.
In addition, if you have updated to Mavericks recently, you might want to check the post Top 5 Troubleshooting Tips for Mavericks, which includes the most common problems of using Mavericks. If you don't have a backup file and lost all the data when installing Windows on Mac, Tenorshare Any Data Recovery for Mac can help you out and easily recover all the files on hard drive/external disk.