Excellent way install Windows on a Mac

Do you want to keep Windows on your Mac? We tell you how to do this via boot camp, for free, or through third-party software programs such as Parallels Desktop, VMware Fusion or Virtualbox.

 Windows on Mac

 What Mac computers can run Windows?

It’s something that depends on the version of Windows that you are installing, but you should know that any one should be able to run Mac Windows 10 recently. In fact, most Macs submitted by the end of 2012 support it. Here’s the complete list.

However, keep in mind that some iMac models have been discovered in the bug, which means that if you have already installed boot camp, you can not update them in Mojave. For more information, see the Apple Support page.

If you are installing Windows in a boot camp partition, your Mac will require at least 64GB free disk space. However, since Windows requires 128 GB, Apple suggests that you create a partition of the same amount.

How to run Windows on a Mac through Boot Camp

Once you complete all the preparations to run the boot camp wizard, and install Windows on your Mac, here’s what you should do:

Boot Camp versus virtualization

There are two possibilities when installing Windows on your Mac, and the choice you make will depend on the type of software that you need to run.

The first option provided by Apple through an Assistant Boot Camp, which is integrated with each Mac, is called “Dual Boot” because it lets you launch your Mac using Windows or MacOS Gives ability.

The Apple Boot Camp Wizard can divide your Mac’s hard drive (or solid state drive) into two partitions. Drop the macOS into a partition, and then install Windows in another partition. When you start your Mac, select the operating system you want to run by pressing the ‘Alt’ key on your keyboard.

This method establishes Windows in boot camp partition makes your Mac a simple Windows PC, and dedicates all of your Mac’s processor and memory to running Windows without the possibility of interaction with Mac.

If you want to play Windows games or run design and graphics software or want to edit videos, this is the best option. In essence, do things that you need to take advantage of all the configuration capabilities of your machine.

The only disadvantage to use a boot camp is that you lose access to all your normal Mac applications while running Windows, which means that if you want to use Mac applications, you have to close the windows and reboot the Mac Must have to, such as Apple Mail or Photo

This is where the second option, known as ‘virtualization’, can be useful. Instead of dividing disk drives for MacOS and Windows into separate partitions, we use the Virtualization Program (Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion) to create a virtual machine that runs in the macOS environment.

Virtual Machine (VM) is simply an application that runs on any other application on the Mac. However, the virtual machine mimics the operation of a PC, which will allow you to install Windows in the virtual machine and then need to add any Windows application.

For this reason, this becomes the most convenient option, because it means that you can run your Windows applications on your Mac’s desktop with all the normal Mac applications, so you can start again between MacOS or Windows and No need to choose. Have to do with the boot camp.

But do not make any mistake, because there are some disadvantages of virtualization too. Running Windows inside the virtual machine means that you are running two operating systems at the same time, so you will need a lot of processor and memory power to get good performance.

Even now, most of the latest Macs can provide good performance while running Windows in a virtual machine, and this is only the applications in 3D games and high-end graphics environments that require extra power.

 How to run Windows in a virtual machine

Virtualization programs such as Parallels Desktop or VMware provide a simple and flexible dual-boot option for fusion boot camp and uses different operating systems.

Instead of splitting your Mac’s hard drive into separate partitions, and then installing Windows on the boot camp partition, these programs create a virtual machine (VM), which only work on Mac and work like a PC Is an app with.

After this, you can install Windows on VM, with any Windows software and application that you need to run. VM can work in conjunction with other Mac applications, like Safari or Apple Mail, so there is no need to change from one operating system to another, some are forced to do with the boot camp.

These programs are not free, so you should buy a copy of the program you prefer, in addition to providing your own copy of Windows (although both Parallels and VMware provide test versions that you can try for a while.

There is also a free virtualization program called VirtualBox, but it is quite complex and difficult to use, so we do not advise you if you do not have advanced knowledge in the matter.

We will focus first on the use of Parallels and VMware to install Windows. Check the VirtualBox section if you feel ready for the challenge.

 How to get Windows for Mac

If you want to be able to run Windows 10 on your Mac, then you should know that it is possible to download it as a disk image file, which is sometimes also known as an ISO file from the official Microsoft website. .

You can also download ISO files for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. However, these versions of Windows were originally sold on disk hardware, so if you still have the original disk, then possibly getting ISO file here is fast. It’s quite simple, and Apple also addresses this possibility on its website.

Now that you have Windows installation files, you only need to launch your virtualization software to run it and install it.

 How to run Windows on a Mac for free

This is an alternative method for running Windows on your Mac: It uses Oracle Virtualbox to run Windows as a virtual machine. This section of your comments is from Nick Rocklin.

Virtualbox You can download it from here for free. proceed as follows:

1 Download the latest version.

2. Once the disk image is downloaded, find it on your Mac, mount it and double-click the VirtualBox.pkg file to install the application. Besides the space required for Windows (up to 32 GB), you will need 175 MB of free space on your computer.

3. After the installation ends, start the Virtualbox from the Applications folder.

4. Download your copy of Windows 10 as mentioned above and keep it in a convenient place so that you can access it from the Virtualbox Installer.

5. Click the New button in the virtualbox toolbar and give your new virtual machine (our example ‘Windows 10‘) a name and select the operating system you have installed from the drop-down menu.

6. Click ‘Continue‘.

7. Reserve the resources. When Windows is running, it will behave like a separate computer from your Mac, which will continue to run MacOS. Your team will lend resources to which you can not touch while the virtual machine is running. The most important thing here is memory.

Virtualbox recommends using 2 GB (2048 MB) (a Mac Mini with 16 GB RAM) in our machine, but we are going to increase it to 4 GB (4096 MB) to give Windows some extra space . If you want to do the same, use the slider.

9. Create a virtual disk. When you configure a virtual machine, not only the operating system is created, but the applications running on it and the files that are created and edited are stored in a package that your Mac will look like as a virtual hard disk Will see in.

10. This means that you will not confuse your Windows and MacOS assets, but it also means that you will keep a large portion of your disk out of reach of MacOS. For this reason, we will continue with the recommendation to reserve 32 GB in VirtualBox.

11. When you click on ‘Continue’, the system will ask you what kind of unit you want to make. Continue with VDI (Virtualbox Disk Image), as long as you are not going to use this Windows installation with a separate virtualization application, such as Parallels Desktop.

12. Virtualbox can immediately remove 32 GB or, if necessary, in a truncated way, the size of the Windows unit increases over time, as archived files and installed applications increase.

13. It makes sense to select for another, so as long as you have no specific reason to leave the total amount, leave the stored option on the amount that is dynamically given and Click Continue.

14. At this point, you have already created your new virtual machine. All you have to do is install the windows on it. The virtualbox shows you a summary of the structure of your virtual machine and if you have more than one configured, you can switch between different virtualized environments.

14. Click ‘Start‘ to start the Windows installation process.

15. Finally, you have to locate the installation file. We have stored our installation downloads on an SD card in the slot behind our Mac Mini. We have to tell VirtualBox that where it is, so we click on the folder icon and select the ISO file on the card.

16. Clicking on ‘Open’ returns us to the configuration screen, where we click on start to open disk image and use it as a means of installation. Once you select the language, the installer should know whether you are updating an older version or if it is a custom installation.

17 Choose ‘Custom‘, since you are installing a completely new virtual machine, and then on the next screen, make sure the unit 0 is selected as the installation unit (this should be the only option).

18. Virtual machine will ask you to configure your preferences before restarting it one time or two during installation. You can choose the option of ‘Quick Configuration‘ which, when available, including all Microsoft default values ​​including updates.

19.  If you do not want to do it, click on the ‘Customize‘ button and make the adjustments by hand. Next, you must tell Windows if the equipment belongs to you or it is one of your organization.

20.  Click next, and then enter the details of your Microsoft account to log in. If you do not have a Microsoft account yet, click on ‘Create a new one‘.

The last two steps ask if you prefer to use a PIN instead of a password to access and if you want to store your files in OneDrive or in the local virtual machine.

From here, Windows will reboot for the last time before displaying the final desktop.

 

 What you need for Boot Camp

Boot Camp Assistant is an application provided by Apple that helps you install Windows on your Mac. You will find the wizard located in the ‘Utilities’ folder inside the main ‘Applications’ folder of your Mac.

Before running the wizard, these are the things you will need to run Windows in Boot Camp:

  • Apple recommends that you have a minimum of 64 GB of free storage on your disk or solid state drive in order to install Windows. Actually, 128 GB is recommended.
  • You may also need a USB or flash drive with at least 16GB of storage softwareadditional “driver” that Windows needs to recognize the components such as monitor, camera Mac, type of keyboard or mouse employee.
  • You will need a version of Windows along with your license. Recent models of Mac and any Mac running Mojave will only work with Windows 10, something to keep in mind. Older models may also support Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

Can I run macOS on a Windows PC?

What happens with the opposite situation? Is it possible to run Mac OS on PC? In a word: no. It is one of those parodies that even though Microsoft is famous for its aggressive business practices, Apple is blaring at this point.

However, it is possible to run Windows on any X86 computer, Apple puts your MacOS software on Mac hardware at your disposal only.

Apple argues that MacOS is designed to work with Apple’s own hardware, and this experience will not be as good on any computer. It’s a reason that you will never use a Mac with little power.

But it is also fair to say that Apple makes software to sell hardware, which it does not want to share with technology partners like Microsoft. So if you want to experience the best of all the world, then you can run Windows on your Mac, but not in reverse.


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