We get Mac for its cosy appearance and of course, for its good performance as well! But we all know that it is different from that of the Windows OS and we need some time to take the drift from Windows. Through that time, you can run Windows on Mac with our simple tricks or ideas! It is nothing wrong using your favourite OS even after getting your Mac. All you need to do is to learn the new usage strategies in Mac or to run Windows on Mac! Well, you can use both as per your convenience.
Virtualization Software – Free!
A lot of free virtualization software is available to run Windows on Mac. One among is the VirtualBox. This open software is free and that is why it is quite popular among most people. Here is how you can use this tool step-by-step.
Launch the tool and the next step is to enter a name for the operating system that you wish to run on the Mac. Here it is Windows and the name is just for your identification. Then enter the Operating System type and the version. Now click “Continue”.
The next step is to choose the storage space where you wish to place the Windows OS.
Now choose the disk, it can be even a CD or DVD disk and click “ok”.
The next step is to select the Language to run Windows on Mac and click “Next”. You are done!
Pros of VirtualBox
- It is an open source software and available for free.
- The installation and working procedure are extremely simpler.
Cons of VirtualBox
- Though it is an open source software, we need to rely on closed-code for add-ons.
- It lacks user-friendliness.
- Its performance is less when compared to other software to run Windows on Mac.
Virtualization Software – Commercial!
The Commercial virtualization software has utilities like the Parallels Desktop for Mac. It helps to run both the Windows and the Mac OS on a single Mac computer. The most interesting part here is that you can see both the screen side-by-side and thereby you can run Windows on Mac more easily! Read The Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac Review here.
Pros Of Virtual Software – Commercial
- It is flexible while running the Windows Applications.
- You can access both the Windows OS and the Mac OS X side-by-side.
- It supports high-end features like allowing to take snapshots of installation of the OS.
- It extends a great support while any issues arise.
- You can configure the Window’s System Settings as you wish.
- Superb performance when compared to free software.
Cons of Virtual Software – Commercial
- Of course, you need to spend your money!
- A proper learning is essential to get the best out of it.
Boot Camp is an in-built Utility on Mac that helps to run Windows on Mac. You can find it in the Applications Folder of your Mac. Just a double-click on it can get you to the setup process.
Check for Boot Camp Updates
Visit Apple’s page for Boot Camp and check whether any updates are available for your Mac. If its there, then you can install it on your Mac.
Now go to the Apple Menu at the top left corner of the screen and click “Software Update” to ensure that you have the all latest software.
Restart your Mac and check any new software update is available.
BackUp Your Data
Once you are ready with the latest software, you can go ahead with the installation with Boot camp. But before that make sure that you have backed up your data, especially, the most important ones. During the installation to run Windows on Mac, the Boot Camp re-allocates the hard drive space and this may lead to loss of data. Hence it is better that you backup your data before you start the process.
Launch the Boot Camp
Now quit all the applications, and open the “Finder”. Now click “Applications” and then “Utilities”.
Double-click the “Boot Camp Assistant Utility” inside the “Utilities” folder.
Now, the Boot Camp Assistant takes you through the setup process and click “Continue” to start the process.
Sometimes, you are prompted to select the support software, so that the installation uses the latest drivers for the Windows. During such a prompt, you can select “Download the Windows Support Software for this Mac”.
You are also asked to enter the administrator password to carry out the download process. Once it is done, you can either save the file on a Flash Drive or you can burn it to a CD.
Partition of Hard Drive
The next step is to allocate space on your hard drive for the Windows OS. This way you can ensure that the already existing OS X files are not disturbed.
The Boot Camp Assistant automatically prompts you to partition the hard drive.
Once you receive the prompt, just adjust the slider to allocate the required space for the Windows OS. When you use Windows 7, it requires the minimum of 16 GB space on your hard drive. In a similar manner, allocate space on the hard drive based on the Windows OS version that you use.
After you have allocated the space, you can click “Partition” button. The space allocation takes place for a while and you need to wait till that time.
This is the final step to run Windows on Mac and make sure that you have partitioned your hard drive with required space for the Windows OS installation. You can Download the Windows XP file for free and Legally, Straight From Microsoft here.
Now you can insert the Windows Installation CD into the optical drive of Mac. It the CD does not come with your Mac purchase and you need to buy it separately.
Click “Start Installation” on the Boot Camp Assistant Wizard. The computer reboots by itself to start the installation process.
The wizard may ask for a Custom Installation and you can select that too. Otherwise, simply go through the steps through which the wizard takes you to do the Normal installation.
For “Where do you want to install Windows?” you can simply select the already partitioned space named “Bootcamp”.
The next step is to choose the Driver Options as “Advanced” and then choose “Format”. If you are making any other selections, make sure that you are doing it in a right manner as you may lose your existing data.
Installing Windows Drivers
After you have installed the Windows OS, the next step is to install the device drivers. It ensures that all the hardware such as sound, Wireless network adapters, display, etc of your Mac works properly for Windows as well. The device drivers are already downloaded while you installed the Windows OS. Read the 100 Windows 10 Tips and Tricks here.
After you have successfully installed the Windows OS, you can eject the disc that has Windows files for installation. You can either use the Eject button on the Mac keyboard or if it doesn’t work, then go to Start -> Computer -> Right-click Optical drive -> click Eject.
We have burnt a CD or wrote to a Flash drive with Windows Drivers software, while we have installed the Windows OS. It’s time to insert the CD or Flash drive to your Mac now.
Now go to Start ->Computer ->Double click the Flash Drive or the CD.
Now open the Boot Camp folder and launch the setup.exe by double-clicking it. This is to install the Windows drivers on the Mac and thereby to run Windows on Mac.
Just follow the instructions displayed on the Bootcamp wizard and never cancel any installations as it may lead to errors. If you get any warning messages regarding testing or certification, it is better to press “Continue Anyway to Proceed”.
Once you are done with the installation, you need to reboot the computer.
Which Operating System to Start Now?
You have Mac OS X as well as Windows OS on your computer now. So you can decide on which OS to start any instant. Here is how you can do it.
While you power on the Mac or while you restart it, just hold the “Option” key.
This key takes you to a screen where you can make a selection betweenMac OS X or Windows OS.
So, you are all set to run Windows on Mac now! Read here to know How to Create an Apple ID?
Conclusion- How to Run Windows on Mac:
We have Virtualization Software to run Windows on Mac and most of them are available as Open Source! But you need to compromise on few excellent feature if you go for free ones. It is better to use the inbuilt Mac Utility to open Windows on your Mac! All you need to do is just a simple installation as we discussed in our article! Read here to know How to Secure Your Mac from Viruses, Trojans, and Malware.