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How to Dual-Boot Windows 10 and macOS on a Mac

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How to Dual-Boot Windows 10 and macOS on a Mac

Windows is the most prefered operating system compared to mac due to its large availability of softwares supported for it. One of the key benefits of running a mac is that you can enjoy the unique experience of having macOS and Windows on the same computer, thanks to the Apple for providing helpful tools like “BootCamp” utility and some solid third-party options like Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion, it’s rather easy to get Windows 10 up and running right alongside OS X or macOS on the same MacBook, iMac, Mac mini or Mac Pro.

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The following step by step tutorial will help you install Windows 10 on Mac using Boot Camp Assistant software by Apple.

Before you begin, make a full backup of your Mac using Time Machine that you can restore to in case anything goes wrong.

All set? Lets begin!

Step #1. Confirm your Mac’s requirements

Before getting started, make sure your Mac has the available disk space and hardware necessary to handle the Windows install via Boot Camp. You can go throught a complete guide from Apple support.

  • A updated version of OS X or macOS with at least 2GB RAM.
  • A minimum of 30GB of free hard drive space on Macbook / iMac.
  • Genuine Windows 10 product key, with iOS bootable file.
  • A minimum of 16GB USB flash drive to install Windows 10 with all the required Boot Camp drivers.

Step #2: How to install Windows 10 on Mac by Bootcamp Assistant:

Launch Boot Camp Assistant. Do a Spotlight Search for it, or you can find in Launchpad > others ( or utilities )

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Step #3:  Check both options under this ‘Select Tasks’ window as shown in the screenshot below

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Step #4: Insert your USB flash drive and select your Windows 10 .iso file, as shown again in the screenshots.

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Step #5: Click Continue and then Continue again.

Your Mac will format the USB drive and create the Windows installation media.

Step #6: Click Install to accept the partition size for each OS.

By default, Windows will have a 32GB partition, but you could also click the Divide Equally button to divide your Mac’s hard drive space equally between OS X and Windows.

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Step #7: Follow the prompts to finish installing Windows.

The Mac will need to restart to complete the process and will automatically boot into Windows 10 when it’s done.

Set the Default Startup OS or Toggle Between OS X and Windows

Once you have Windows installed, you can set the default OS that will start each time you boot your Mac. To do this, head to the Startup Disk preference setting in Settings.

Every time the Mac starts, you can also toggle between OS X and Windows by holding down the Option (Alt) key immediately upon startup.

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