One of the advantages of having a Mac prior to the arrival of the M1 Macs in November 2020 was that you could run macOS on its own or install Windows for those times when you needed to run Windows-only software and games.
There are several options for doing so, including using Apple’s dual-booting Boot Camp Assistant, third-party virtualization software, or running Windows apps through an emulator.
The following is a list of devices that are compatible:
- MacBooks that were released in 2015 or later.
- MacBook Air is a laptop computer that was released in 2012 or later.
- Apple’s MacBook Pro, which debuted in 2012 or later, is one of the most popular laptops.
- The Mac mini was released in 2012 or later.
- iMac models were released in 2012 or later.
- Apple iMac Pro (all models)
- Mac Pro is a computer that was released in 2013 or later.
If you want to install Windows in a Boot Camp partition, you’ll need at least 64GB of free storage space on your Mac. If you need to install Windows on your Mac, you have two options, and which one you choose will depend on the type of program you need to run.
The Boot Camp Assistant allows you to divide your Mac’s hard disc (or solid-state drive) into two partitions. It installs Windows on the second partition after leaving macOS on the first. When you boot your Mac, just press the Alt/Option key on your keyboard to select the operating system you want to use.
The one drawback of Boot Camp is that you lose access to all of your regular Mac programs while running Windows, which means you’ll have to shut down Windows and restart macOS to utilize Mac apps like Apple Mail or Photos.
This is when the other alternative, virtualization, comes into play. Instead of creating separate partitions for macOS and Windows on your hard drive, you use a virtualization tool like Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion to build a ‘virtual machine’ that runs within macOS. See the best virtual machine software for Mac for more possibilities.
If you wish to install Windows 10 on your Mac, you can get it from Microsoft’s website as a ‘disc image’ file (also known as an ‘ISO file’). Depending on whatever version of Windows you’re running, the installation process will differ.