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How to Install Windows on Mac

How to Install Windows on Mac

To install Windows using Boot Camp, you need the following:

  • A Mac that supports the version of Windows that you want to install. Check the compatibility table to see which versions are compatible with your Mac.
  • A Microsoft Windows ISO file downloaded from our site.
  • An Internet connection.
  • An administrator account in macOS to use Boot Camp Assistant.
  • A minimum of 2GB of RAM. 
  • 30GB of free disk space is recommended if you're installing Windows for the first time; 40GB of free disk space is recommended if you're upgrading from a previous version of Windows.
  • A 16GB-or-larger USB storage device or drive formatted as MS-DOS (FAT) to install Windows Support software (drivers).
  1. Connect a 16GB-or-larger USB flash drive that you can erase. Leave this flash drive plugged into your Mac until the Windows installation is finished.
  2. Open Boot Camp Assistant from the Utilities folder (or use Spotlight to find it), and click Continue.

3. Select only the options to create a Windows installation disc and to download the latest Windows support software from Apple. Then click Continue.

If your Boot Camp Assistant does not have the first option, follow THIS tutorial:

Choose your Windows installation ISO, then click Continue

5. Boot Camp erases your USB flash drive and prepares it for Windows installation. 

When you see "Download Support Software for Windows 7," close the Boot Camp Assistant window to quit the app (yes, quit the app).

You're done! Now to the next step: installing drivers onto the USB flash drive. Lets go!

  1. Use the compatibility tables (this link will go straight to Apple's official website) to find the Windows support software (drivers) you need for the version of Windows and the Mac that you're using.
  2. Click the link in the table to download the related software.
  3. After the file downloads, double-click it from the Finder to decompress (unzip) it.
  4. Open the resulting folder. Locate the following files in this folder and drag them to your USB flash drive. When prompted, if you want to replace the existing items on the flash drive, click Yes.
  • $WinPEDriver$ (folder)
  • AutoUnattend.xml
  • BootCamp (folder)
  • Open Boot Camp Assistant again, then click Continue.
  • Just select the option to "install Windows … or later version."
  • Click Install, then follow the onscreen prompts to repartition your drive and install Windows.
  • Follow the onscreen prompts to finish installing Windows.

You're ready! Windows is installed on your Mac. Well done!


How to edit Boot Camp to install Windows from a USB flash drive

In this article we will "trick" Boot Camp Assistant to allow us to create the installation USB stick.

If your Boot Camp looks like the screenshot below (the first option is missing),

you should be able to resolve this issue with this article.

  • First, we need to go to the Boot Camp Assistant Content folder. In order to do so, go to Finder -> Utilities - > Right-click on Boot Camp Assistant - > Show package content -> Content
  • Finder:
  • Utilities:
  • Right-click and then click again on Show Package Contents:
  • Content:
  • In this folder, we will copy the file info.plist and backup it. 
  • After doing a backup, right-click on info.plist - > Open with - > Other
  • Open the file with TextEdit.
  • Using Spotlight to search for "System Information."
  • We need to copy the exact "model idintifier" from this screen.
  • Back in TextEdit we search for the key "PreUSBBootSupportedModels" (your file could be different from the one in the image).
  • We modify this key to be "USBBootSupportedModels" (we remove the "Pre").
  • We add in the "<array>" bellow a "<string>" that will contain our model identifier copied in Step 6. (You can see this in the video at the start of this article at 2:14)
  • SAVE THE FILE! and then close TextEdit
  • Replace this new file (if you are working in a backup) with the original in the Boot Camp Assistant Content folder.
  • In Reboot Boot Camp Assistant, you should see something like this now:

You are done! You should be able now to create the Installation disc.