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Apple Mac accompanies macOS, however, you can without much of a stretch introduce Windows close by macOS utilizing Apple’s implicit Boot Camp component.

Bootcamp introduces Windows in a double boot arrangement, and that implies both working Operating Systems (MAC OSX & Windows) will be boot independently. You can only use one at a time, but you get the computer’s full power in each.

Before you begin: (Prerequisites)

What Version of Windows Can I Run?

Which version of Windows you can run depends on your Mac: recent models support only Windows 10, while some older Macs only work with older versions of Windows. Here’s a quick outline, along with links to Apple’s official lists of supported models.

Note that Macs can only run 64-bit, non-Enterprise versions of Windows.

To install Windows, you’ll require an ISO file of the installer. You can download Windows installation media for free assuming you as of now have a product key, however, you don’t actually require a product key to run Windows 10 or Windows 11. If you’re installing Windows 7, you’ll also require a USB drive of a minimum of 8GB in size for the installer and drivers. Windows 10 and Windows 11 do not have any external drive for installation.

Let’s Install Windows on Your Mac

Ready to install Windows? It’s likely smart to back up your Mac prior to beginning, for good measure. Chances aren’t anything will turn out badly, yet any time you’re partitioning things there’s always a chance. Right? Now, let’s begin.


You’ll use the Boot Camp Assistant application that comes on your Mac. Open it by pressing Command+Space, typing Boot Camp, and pressing Enter.

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The Boot Camp Assistant will walk you through partitioning, downloading drivers, and beginning the installer for you. Click “Proceed” and you’ll be asked which ISO file you want to utilize and how big you’d like your Windows Partition to be.

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How you should allocate the space depends on how much space you want for your Windows system and how much space you want for your macOS system. If you want to resize your partitions after this process, you’ll need to use a third-party tool, so choose carefully now.

Note that, if you’re installing Windows 7, the order here is slightly different: Boot Camp will first guide you through setting up your installer USB disk, then ask you about partitioning.

When you’re ready, click “Install” and Boot Camp will start downloading drivers, which it calls “Windows support software.”

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The installer will also partition your disk, copy the installer to that partition, and place the drivers so they’ll run after installation. You can keep using your Mac while all this is running, though things will slow down a lot during the partitioning phase.

Eventually, your Mac will reboot and you’ll see the standard Windows installer.

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Select the partition labelled BOOTCAMP if asked—do not install to any other partition, or you might end up removing macOS and losing all your data. (You did back up, right?) Windows will now finish installing normally.

The Windows on-boarding process might ask you to connect to the Internet, but you won’t be able to do this without drivers: just skip these steps until you get to your desktop, at which point the Boot Camp installer will appear.

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Proceed with the installer to set up your drivers, and you should be all set!

How to Boot Into Windows On Your Mac

By default, your Mac will still boot to macOS. To access Windows, you need to turn off your Mac, then turn it on while holding the Option key. You’ll be asked which drive you’d like to boot from.

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If you’d like to boot to Windows by default, you set this in recovery mode, or use the Boot Camp Control Panel in Windows. You’ll find this in your system tray after installing Windows, though you may have to click the Up arrow to find it.

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This control panel allows you to choose the default operating system your Mac boots to, as well as tweak keyboard and trackpad settings.

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While in Windows, Mac’s Command key functions as the Windows key, while the Option key functions as the Alt key. If you have a Touch Bar, you’ll see a complete set of buttons, similar to the Extended Control Strip in macOS.

To see the function keys (F1, F2, etc.) simply hold down the Fn key. There’s no way to make this the default in Windows.


How to Remove Windows From Your Mac

If you want to remove Windows from your Mac and free up space, reboot into macOS and open the Boot Camp Assistant again. You’ll see the Restore Disk to a Single Volume option.

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Boot Camp Assistant will automatically remove Windows and expand the macOS partition for you, reclaiming all of that space.

Warning: This will delete all the files on your Windows partition, so be sure you have backup copies first!