Boot Camp is a free utility in macOS that allows you to install Windows for free on your Mac. Here we show you how to install Windows 10 on Mac for free on a Mac using Boot Camp so that you can switch between macOS and Windows whenever you want.
Windows 11 isn't currently compatible with Boot Camp Assistant on MacOS. So, you'll need to download Windows 10 instead. You can download a free disc image, also known as an ISO file, of Windows 10 from the official Windows website.
The Windows 10 ISO file is nearly 6GB, so depending on your internet connection and speed, it could take up to 30 minutes to finish downloading. After the ISO file is done, leave it in your downloads, and move on to the next step.
Feel free to use Windows how you want. Windows 10's default web browser is Microsoft Edge, but you can use it to download Chrome or anything else to surf the internet. You can then download files and install software you would only be able to install on a Windows-powered computer -- like Paint.NET and certain games from Steam -- but on your Mac.
1.Click on the green Download button and wait for the file to be downloaded.2.Open the Boot Camp Assistant and follow the onscreen instructions.3.When it finishes, your Mac will restart to the Windows installer. If it asks you where to install Windows, select the Boot Camp partition and click Format.4.Unplug any external devices and click on Next to begin the installation process.5.After it is complete, your Mac will start up in Windows. Follow the instructions to install the drivers and you are done!
It is now possible to have two operating systems on your Mac computer thanks to Boot Camp for Windows . It is a program designed for installing the Windows operating system on a Mac computer. This is the Boot Camp for Windows download page. ...
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First and foremost, you must have at least 64 GB of free storage to install Windows on your Mac. Apple recommends 128GB of free storage space to get the best experience. While there's little chance of anything going wrong during the installation process, you should still back up important files before you begin.
Installing Windows on your Mac using Boot Camp is extremely simple. All you need to do is download an ISO file of Windows and choose how much space you want to allocate to the partition created for the second OS. You won't be able to change the partition size after the installation is complete.
Boot Camp is completely free and doesn't require a subscription like most virtualization programs. Plus, since it's an Apple program and not a third-party one, you don't have to worry about it being unsafe.
Mac owners can use Apple's built-in Boot Camp Assistant to install Windows for free. The first-party assistant makes installation easy, but be forewarned that you will need to restart your Mac whenever you want to access the Windows provision.
Click continue, then click choose and select your newly downloaded ISO file. Next, Boot Camp will ask you to adjust the size of your Windows partition. You should make it larger if you plan on downloading and playing games or using professional software.
Parallels isn't the only virtualisation application available for the Mac - you've also got VMWare Fusion, which is absolutely excellent and comes in two versions depending on what features you want and isn't too expensive (I use it all the time). There's also VirtualBox, which is free.
Nice article. I've added Boot Camp and Windows 10 to a whole bunch of Macs ranging in age I would add that a MacBook Pro 2010 cannot use an iso insisting on using an optical disk. Each Mac seems to have different methodologies and some such as my Mac mini 2012 failed at the last stage due to an EFI issue according to the Windows installation setup. This I cured by actually removing the partition Boot Camp had created using Terminal and allowing Windows to see a area of 'free space' which it then formatted correctly and went well after that. All good fun but not one Mac I used was the same procedure. The easiest by far was a new Mac Pro cylinder which literally did everything unattended up to where the Windows welcome screen takes over. I must say Windows 10 is very nice and simple to use after decades of hating Windows with a passion I actually enjoy using it, albeit only on a Mac and my Mac Pro cylinder runs Steam and the likes of GTA V very well indeed. One thing that I find annoying is the Home edition not supporting Remote Desktop which I use to access a headless Windows 10 WAMP server (a Mac mini). There is a free and extremely well done patch to fix this here that works flawlessly for anyone interested, you just run this on a Windows 10 Home edition to free up the actual genuine RDT that Microsoft suppressed on the Home edition: -to-rdpwrapper-win10-home
Since I'm not into gaming I've never found a need to use BootCamp but I understand where it fits in the mix. I've been using VMWare Fusion since it first arrived and in similar fashion to VMWare Workstation on Windows it works very well for Windows and Linux guests. As MacPro mentioned the free Windows Remote Desktop (RDP) is also an option for driving a remote Windows PC with very good performance compared to any VNC solution I've ever used. I'm always surprised at how well RDP works over WiFi/LAN using decade old PCs with Linux to drive Windows 10 Pro computers. Heck, even the iPhone/iPad Microsoft Windows Remote Desktop app works very well (for me) as RDP clients. I wish Apple had its own free Remote Desktop apps for macOS and iOS that worked as well as the Microsoft free solution.
By default, UTM is set up to install Windows 10 or higher, and install drivers and SPICE tools, which are necessary for smooth use of your Windows VM. Check Import VHDX Image, then click Browse in the Boot ISO Image section, and select the disk image for Windows that you downloaded. Click Continue.
Boot Camp is free and pre-installed on every Mac (post 2006). Parallels, on the other hand, charges you $79.99 ($49.99 for upgrade) for its Mac virtualization product. In both cases, that also excludes the price of a Windows 7 license, which you'll need! So, if you're adding Windows 7 Home Premium to the mix, think at least $99 (for the system builder DVD) of additional charges for the privilege of running Windows on your Mac.
Parallels Desktop 7, however, fully supports Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. And it doesn't stop there. Parallels supports Chrome OS, Linux and even the Windows 8 Developer Preview, which makes it a full-blown virtual PC solution and not just a way of running Windows on your Mac. In fact, a built-in downloader allows you to grab the respective ISOs and install them automatically. I think that's quite a killer feature for IT pros: Getting all of these OSes to run on a Mac is torture, so in terms of OS support and pure simplicity, Parallels just blows Boot Camp away. Period.
I tried to run Boot Camp Assistant, but when I click Continue, message with text \"Not enough space on startup disk to repartition. You must have at least 50GB of free space.\" (I have macOS in Czech, so I translated it), which is weird. I have 63GB free and I have SSD (128GB), so there shouldn't be any problem with fragmentation.
I have the same Problem, because when i look in detail on my disk space it says 90 GB free, but there is a lot of \"purgeable\" space in this 90 GB that is blocking too much of my entire ssd space and i don't know how to delete it. So Boot Camp says not enough free space....
I simply opened Time Machine Preferences, clicked the Lock Icon to unlock and make changes. Then I unchecked the box next to Back Up Automatically under the TM Icon. Finally I restarted my Mac. When I turned my Mac back on to check the storage all the purgeable data was gone which freed up over 70 GB on my SSD. Afterwards I went back into the TM preferences and rechecked the Back Up Automatically box. After restarting my computer a second time I saw that the purgeable data was still gone.
The issue is that the \"OSXRESERVED\" partition, that is created as part of the bootcamp process, is only 8GB in size. The drivers and ISO files need to save in this partition during the process and the 8GB is no longer enough to accommodate these files.
If you don't already have virtual machine software on your Mac, you can download Oracle's VirtualBox. It's a virtualization tool just like Fusion and Parallels, but it has the virtue of being free. There are trial versions of Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion which won't make you pay a fee for a two weeks or one mont