How to install Windows on a Mac in 10 steps

Recently, in my computer science studies, I came to the realization that I feel confident enough to study whole new programming languages on my own. One of my biggest dreams is to develop my own game. Somewhere, in the future, that might translate into something bigger, like having my own video game company. Let’s cross that bridge when we get to it.
So, with this confident feeling in my gut I went and bought a Mac. Disclaimer – I had a Mac around 7 years ago in 2009. I bought it for the same reasons but without the same knowledge. in retrospect, buying that mac 7 years ago was a childish thing to do. I didn’t plan ahead. I was simply fascinated by the idea of trying out something new like the OS X. I wanted to develop for iOS but I had no grounds to begin to do so. Today, I feel totally different. I have seen and also took part of the process of making games for mobile in all platforms. I even take a course online about developing games with Unity 3D which is an amazing engine.
But, I wasn’t ready to just give up on Windows. My goal was to have both developing platforms on my Mac. Visual Studio for Windows and Xcode for OS X. I started researching the issue and I remembered I did something similar with my old Mac. re-reading about that jolted my memory and that’s where BootCamp came back to the surface from the depths of my gray brain cells.
BootCamp, is an application provided by Apple to use on intel-based computers like my Mac. It allows you to re-partition the OS X hard drive to allocate space for an additional partition. Formatting that partition using a windows installation will allow you to install Windows on your mac. Surprisingly enough, Apple even extended its support even further and included all the drivers and media you will need to have your computer function properly when it’s running Windows.
Okay so process summary:

  • Open up your intel-based Mac.
  • Go to Applications -> Utilities.
  • Launch ¬†BootCamp.
  • Select how much space you would like to allocate to the windows partition.

Bootcamp will ask you to target an iso file(disc image) of a windows installation that you would like to install on your mac. It even provides a link to the Microsoft website where it can be downloaded. Please note, Apple does not license your windows software by any means. You must have a serial key of your own to use with Windows like you would use on a PC.
Once you have selected a disc image as instructed, Bootcamp will do its magic and your Mac will restart launching the windows installation. from there, Windows takes over and you should follow the installation like you would on a normal PC (You wouldn’t allow automatically sending information to Microsoft about your activities on a regular PC either, right?).
Once the installation is complete and you arrive to your desktop – Bootcamp’s installation will Launch. before you go through with the installation, I advise you to copy all of the contents of the special virtual drive created for bootcamp to the main hard drive. If you don’t and something goes wrong that makes your computer reboot, those files will be lost to you since Bootcamp is deleting this drive when it’s done. After you have copied the files, go through with the BootCamp dialog to proceed with the installation.
This is where it gets a bit tricky so pay attention. Sometimes, BootCamp can get stuck on installing a driver. When that happens it will seem like the installation is continuing but the progress bar will stay the same. So, what you need to do is look at the installation and realize what is the attempted installation(usually I noticed people complain about Realtek Audio). After you understood what driver the installation is attempting to install, go the folder of all the files, locate the driver installer if one exists and launch it independently. Once the installation is done DO NOT restart your computer. Instead, go to the task manager, find the process which got stuck(like realtek audio for example, DO NOT force close the bootcamp installation) and force close it.
Once that happens, the bootcamp installer will realize the process isn’t running anymore and continue on to other things. Let that finish and then do as the computer says and restart it.
Voila! welcome to Windows on a Mac.
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The whole Process:

  1. Open up your Intel-based Mac.
  2. Go to Applications -> Utilities.
  3. Launch  BootCamp.
  4. Select how much space you would like to allocate to the windows partition + Select a windows installation ISO.
  5. Click Install.
  6. Various drivers will be downloaded and after a while you computer will restart, revealing the windows installation.
  7. Go on with the installation like a normal PC.
  8. After installation is done, verify you receive the BootCamp instllation dialog.
  9. Agree to the terms and conditions and let windows restart if required.
  10. If you want to go back to the Mac, verify that the bootcamp tray button appears and you can click it.(you will see there in the menu, restart in OS X).

Voila! you’re done! 10 steps in which you also learn how to switch between Windows and OS X. Hope this has been helpful to you!
Oren
 

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