Let’s face it: Even the most diehard fan of Mac needs a little exposure of Microsoft Windows sometimes. Whether you want to test some experiment with the dark side, esoteric engineering software, or just want to fire up Modern Warfare 3 on your Mac, the ability to look into the Windows software pool is a major advantage. And these days, people search to install Windows OS on Apple Computer that helps you to use two operating systems on a single Mac PC.
Before getting into the tutorial to do so, you first need to have a copy of Windows 7, Vista or whatever you want to install, don’t try if you have pirated one, it might cause errors in between the installations, and also there is some possibility to cause hardware damage, so better you buy a Windows or download the trial version for free from the official Microsoft website.
How to install Windows OS on Apple computer
Step 1: Ready with a copy of Microsoft Windows
As I told you should have a copy if windows, if you are planning to buy a new copy then I would suggest you to for student copy that may save some bucks compared to the commercial one.
Step 2: Upgrade the Boot Camp with the latest one
Boot Camp is the safest way to install Windows on any Mac PC. Since older versions of Boot Camp don’t support Windows you need to update it first, the latest version of Boot camp offers full support for Windows 7 all versions and Windows 8, which should save you from all glitches and errors. To upgrade your Boot camp, simply go to the Apple menu on your Mac and select software Update, which automatically update the latest version for you.
Step 3: Make a new Partition for Windows
Since we know it very well that Mac OS X and Windows 7 cannot live happily together, so you will need to make a new partition on your hard drive to install it. Making a new partition means creating a new wall in between a room to make it separate. Make sense? Creating partition means you are giving a blank space to Windows instead of mixing it with the existing one.
Open Boot Camp Assistant, you will find this option in the Utilities folder under Applications. The quick software application will walk you through the process, just keep in mind that you have to create an NTFS (New File Type System) partition, since you won’t be able to install Windows on any other partition type, also I hope you have little idea that Windows requires more space to install so make it a minimum of 20GB. Also ensure that you will want to install all your Windows operating system and applications on the same partition, so plan accordingly. Once, after installation, you won’t get any option to extend the partition.
Step 4: It’s time to install Windows
Check if the Boot Camp Assistant is running or not, if not then open and select the option to “Start the Windows installer.” You will need to insert that legally, freshly purchased copy of Windows in the CD drive and tap Continue to start installing. If you want to install Windows using USB, check out this link to know how to install Windows using USB.
The installation looks very similar like any other Windows 7 installation you have seen. In other words, follow the instructions as you used to do normally. Keep in mind one thing clearly, when it asks whether you want to do a standard or custom installation, be sure to choose “custom” and select the partition labeled BOOTCAMP, after that click on “Drive options (advanced)” after highlighting it choose “Format” to ensure you install on a clean partition.
If you have some other work pending, do finish them as it will take around 20-30 minutes to complete.
Step 5: Now configure Windows OS on Mac System
Successfully you have installed Windows, but it does not know how to configure correctly with all your Mac’s strange and exotic hardware until you grab the compatible drivers. Fortunately, Apple has made this very easy: They are all located on your OS X install disc. With Windows running, eject the Windows 7 disc or USB, pop the OS X disc in, and let it load (if it doesn’t start automatically, double click on the CD-ROM drive). It will do almost all the work automatically, but you may have to click a few foreboding boxes warning you that the drivers haven’t passed Windows Logo testing. Do not sweat it, just keep clicking on those Continue boxes.
Step 6: Now use Windows on Mac
Congratulations, you now have a fully functional Windows running on your Mac computer! As it is a Mac PC, every time it will boot into OS X by default, so to boot windows you need to press and hold down the option button at startup to bring the menu to choose the Operating system to load.
You are all done!, if you are facing any issue during installation, just drop a comment below in the specified place, I will try to get back to you with the solution.