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How to Install Windows 10 on Mac and Dual Boot with OS X for Free

Windows 10 is out and the world is going frantically wild over it, thanks to the great new features, start menu, tiles, no Internet Explorer, and fluid interface of the new OS by the Redmond giant. Mac users, no matter how much they brag about the power and aesthetics of OS X, secretly wish to use Windows 10. The good news is that you can install Windows 10 on Mac right now. How, you ask? Boot Camp is the answer. Boot Camp is the Apple’s native platform to run OS and software virtually. Virtual Machine software is an alternative way, but there are some drawbacks of it. Firstly, Virtual Machine won’t allow you to run Windows 10 will full power and resource allocation, because it runs OS X side by side. Secondly, Virtual Machine could make things more complex in your system.

Boot Camp requires repartitioning of your Mac’s hard drive. You cannot run Windows 10 and OS X side by side using this method. But using Boot Camp, you get the facility to run Windows 10 or OS X at its full speed, which serves the purposes, considering the fact that no one would want to run Windows 10 and OS X side by side just for the sake of it.

System Requirements and Prerequisites

Before we proceed with installing Windows 10 on Mac, you must know the system requirement. You must have at least 2GB of RAM, 30 GB of free hard disk space to run Boot Camp to install Windows 10 in Mac. You will also need at least 16GB flash drive in order to let Boot Camp to make bootable drive.

Install Windows 10 on Mac for Free

You must take backup of your Mac, just in case.

Launch Boot Camp assistant from your Mac. You can search Boot Camp assistant from the spotlight feature in your Mac.

Check the boxes (install Windows 7 or later version, create Windows 7 or later version), which will come on the appeared Window and proceed.

Now insert the USB drive and select .iso file of Windows 10.

Click Continue, and Click Continue again when it shows you the warning about the formatting of your flash.

Boot Camp assistant will now copy all Windows 10 files and boot camp drivers in your USB.

Once the data copying is complete, you will be asked to create a partition. Create a partition of at least 30 GB.

Required partition will be created and your Mac will be rebooted.

Now enter the product key of Windows 10 and follow the on screen instructions.

Now you will need to install Boot Camp drivers for your Mac. These drivers were copied into Boot Camp Assistant software to your USB. Simply move over to the contents of USB flash drive from File Explorer and run setup.exe to install the required drivers for your Mac.

Windows 10 is now ready to run. In order to dual boot and make your choices between Windows 10 and Mac OS X at the time of booting, press and hold option or alt key until you see menu with options of Mac and Windows to select.

This is how to install Windows 10 on Mac for free. In case of any question of confusion, comment on this post.

Images taken from :RemondPie, PC World

Fahad Saleem

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