How to slum it with Windows 10 on your Mac via Boot Camp

“If you’re looking to install Windows on your Mac, Boot Camp is the best way to go,” Cale Hunt writes for iMore. “Whether it’s for a great gaming experience or you just want to try out Windows 10 on Apple’s svelte hardware, here’s how to get it all set up.”

“Before starting anything else, be sure you have a Mac that supports Windows 10. Straight from Apple, these are the compatible models: MacBook Pro (2012 and later); MacBook Air (2012 and later); MacBook (2015 and later); iMac (2012 and later); Mac mini (2012 and later); Mac mini Server (Late 2012); Mac Pro (Late 2013),” Hunt writes. “Make sure you have at least 32GB of free space on your hard drive for the Windows installation. During the installation process, you can set the Windows partition to whatever size you want, as long as the drive has enough storage.”

“Finally, update your Mac’s OS to ensure there are no compatibility problems. You’ll also want to perform a backup of your Mac in the (rare) case that something goes wrong,” Hunt writes. “To start, we need to grab a Windows 10 ISO file from the Microsoft website…”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Running Windows 10 on your Mac. It’s like giving a glass of boiling water to somebody on Bondi beach.


  1. Some of us have no choice.

    These is software that requires Windows and some apps like Citrix do not play well universally on the Mac.

    My job requires access via Citrix, but the Mac client rejects certificates that show as legit. Citrix points at Apple and Apple points at Citrix. BTW, the certificate is properly signed.

    After tiring of the run around, I put Parallels on my Mac with Windows 10. I am not a fan of the interface, but Windows 10 is the most stable version of it I have seen.

  2. It’s not a great gaming experience, at all, unless you count 15 to 30FPS as “great” in modern games. Games that were actually ported to the Mac do much better.

    Until I dropped over $4k on a 2017 Razer Blade Pro with KabbyLake and built in GTX 1080, and experienced hyper realistic rendering and an average of 70-80 FPS in even games that push it like Witcher or 100+ FPS in something like World of Warcraft and so on, I had no idea.

    Also, Windows 10 is not your grandpa’s Windows. Apple could learn more than a few lessons from Microsoft here. Windows 10 is the best, most reliable, and most secure Windows yet. For all intents and purposes Blue Screens of Death have been gone for a very long time. You don’t see them any more often than you see kernel panics on Macs, which are very rare these days.

    For just about anything other than gaming, I’d use Parallels over Bootcamp for the convenience of having both environments live without having to reboot.

    1. Your experience with Windows 10 matches mine. Microsoft has clearly been paying attention to reliability. Apple needs to up their game or risk falling behind.

      I am hoping the new iMac’s and MacBook Pros can handle much faster frame rates.

    2. I have never seen a blue screen of death since the late 2000s and early 2010s at the latest. However I am quite familiar with the “blue screen of life” every time I boot up Syllable Desktop. That OS hasn’t been updated since 2012 and it’s still better than whatever M$ is pumping out now. It’s still not quite polished to be honest, but I’d use it over the confusing new interfaces M$ has been experimenting with. And Macs are of course still the gold standard.

      1. Well I see BSOD on Windows 7 and variants, which is the default standard in most corporate environments. They will not go to Win10 until MS forces them to.

        I work in Radiology and a decade ago all our stuff was on some flavor of UNIX and now it is almost universally on Windows or Red Hat LINUX. Apple is missing a great opportunity by neglecting markets like this. Our Radiologist workstations use custom graphics cards so when Apple abandoned the Cheesegrater for the Trashcan and started marketing an iMac as a “Pro” machine the holdouts transitioned away from the Mac and many Radiologists were fierce Mac supporters.

        My home experience with Windows 10 is limited as I only use it to get around the Citrix problem which BTW does not exist on iOS, go figure. I do not use it for anything else. I do have a cheap convertible Windows 10 slate/laptop for the munchkins to mess with instead of my Macs and I have a cheap Android tablet for the same purpose. My work experience is broad but we are on Windows 8 embedded or Pro.

  3. Exactly MDN. That is why I am going to spend some decent money early 2018 on a near top of the line Windows 10 gaming computer. (My current Windows PC has been upgraded but is about 7 years old. Windows 10 does work like a champ though.) I use my Mac as the central hub for my digital life and is the most important computer I own. My PC computer is just for gaming.

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