Apple Boot Camp Installation Guide

System Requirements

macOS Requires the following to install Windows 10 on Boot Camp:

  1. *An Intel-based Processor from 2012 or later. (Apple Icon  -> “About this Mac”)
  2. The latest macOS software update from the App Store (12.0 or later).
  3. 64GB or more of free storage space.
  4. A 64-bit Windows 10 ISO file and license. 
  5. Boot Camp Assistant app (Built into macOS).

macos System Profile

How to Update macOS

  1. Before updating, Backup all of your important data to an external hard drive or cloud storage.
  2. Click the top-left Apple menu  > System Preferences, then Software Update.
    macos software update
  3. Click “Upgrade Now” and follow the prompts to install. Once you begin installing, it may take more than an hour for the process to complete.

How to Download Windows 10 ISO.

Boot Camp Assistant requires an ISO file, Installation Disc, or USB to install Boot Camp.

How to Install Boot Camp

  1. Find “Boot Camp Assistant” by clicking the Magnifying glass at the top right corner and searching for “boot camp.”
  2. Follow the on-screen prompts to select your Windows 10 ISO image and how much hard drive space you would like to allot for Windows. Note that the Windows system itself will use roughly 20GB of the total free storage space you provided.
    Bootcamp Install Windows
  3. During the Windows installation process, select the licensed version you purchase. If prompted, you may need to select your Bootcamp partition and “format” as NTFS.
  4. *Allow your Mac to restart and finish installing the Bootcamp drivers completely. You should see a diamond-shaped Boot Camp icon in your Windows system tray when it has successfully installed the drivers. If you see a partition called “OSX Reserved,” you can install the drivers manually from there.

*Note: if you are missing the Windows 10 drivers, you can download them manually from Bootcamp Assistant in macOS. Using the menu at the top left, select “Action” -> “Download Windows Support Software.” This will require formatting a USB as “MS-DOS (fat)” and “master boot record” by using the built-in “Disk Utility” app.

Setting the Default Boot Partition

After your installation is complete, macOS may set the default boot partition to Windows. To change this:

  1. Hold the “option” key while booting and select “Macintosh HD.”
    Select Default Boot Partition
  2. Open the “System preferences” app and click “Startup Disk.”
  3. Click the lock icon on the lower-left corner, enter your password, then select the partition you would like macOS to open by default upon startup.


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