MacBook has a great advertising campaign. It utilizes media product placement like no other electronics company. This has turned MacBook and Apple products into status symbols.
However, not only is a MacBook a status symbol, it’s also a great system. MacBook has an easy to use interface and better virus security and build quality than its main competitor, Windows.
You also can’t compare its applications to those of Windows. Mac definitely has the upper hand when it comes to its calendar, Apple Mail, and contacts manager.
Its web browser, Safari, isn’t comparable to Windows Internet Explorer either. In fact, the languidness of Internet Explorer has become a running internet joke, showcased in memes
These applications sync and function with iPhones seamlessly. On the other hand, Windows lacks a desirable smartphone. This virtual experience alone makes MacBook advantageous both personally and for professional teams.
Macintosh computers also offer a full office suite. This includes such vital productivity tools as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. It also has iMovie where you can easily make home movies like a pro.
With all these great features, why would you need to install Windows 10?
Why Download Windows 10?
We all know that Windows can’t compete with Apple when it comes to smartphones. No one is lining up for days to pay hundreds of dollars for a Windows 10 mobile. However, this means that it has had an abundance of energy to just focus on improving its system.
Windows is quickly leaving behind the operating system of Macintosh computers, macOS. Unlike Apple, Windows 10 has developed and incorporated new advanced technology into its system. This includes styluses, touchscreens and virtual reality.
Meanwhile, all Macintosh has to offer is the Touch Bar on MacBook Pro. Many people have referred to this as only a gimmick compared to Windows touchscreen technology.
Moreover, Windows is at one’s disposal for a greater variety of devices, like tablets, phones and convertible laptops. Whereas macOs is limited to only laptops and desktops.
Both systems offer virtual assistants. Mac has Siri and Microsoft has Cortana. Apple was the first to market this technology and have it reach a wide audience. However, Cortana remains a great contender as competition.
Both virtual assistants are well integrated into their systems, and function similarly. They manage daily tasks, control settings and search web queries.
Windows is much more compatible in terms of smartphones. It will function well with either an Android or an iPhone. On the other hand, macOs is designed specifically to work optimally with Apple products.
However, the main reason people download Windows 10 is for gaming. Both game developers and users prefer Windows. For this reason, Windows has and will continue to dominate the personal computer (PC) market. it runs your games faster and has better graphics
Due to this preference, games are designed to be used on Windows first, before other platforms. Thus, gaming on Windows offers a better experience—the games run faster and the graphics are better.
Microsoft offers streaming technology for new games. This means that you can connect and play Xbox games on a Windows 10 PC. You’re also able to access all Xbox features.
There are a ton of games available for Windows that aren’t accessible through macOS. You can check out all the games Xbox has available for Windows 10 here.
If you’re ready to begin, You’ll need an external USB drive with at least 16GB free for data. You might also need an external hard drive. Connect the hard drive at this time if it hasn’t already been connected.
Now, let’s look at how to download Windows 10 onto your MacBook. It should take you about an hour.
How to Prepare
1. INSTALL LATEST UPDATES.
The first thing you have to do is check that your MacBook has installed and completed all the latest updates. You can do this by clicking the Apple icon in the left corner.
Then, from the drop-down menu choose the App Store. Select updates from the toolbar. You should download any updates listed especially related to the system.
2. CHECK SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
Once the updates have all completed, you need to ensure that your computer has a sufficient amount of available disk space. You’ll need to have at least 55GB of disk space available on the Startup Drive in order to begin the installation process.
You should check that you have an Intel-based MacBook. You can do this by clicking on the Apple icon in the top left corner and selecting About This Mac.
There will be a line that says Processor, where you can see which type of processor you have. If it says Intel then your Mac is Intel-based. If not, it’s a PowerPC processor.
Now, you need to make sure that you have the appropriate hardware for your computer to support the installation of Windows using Boot Camp.
To use Boot Camp it will also be necessary to install support software. However, if you’re using Boot Camp Assistant it will automatically download the software.
With a supported MacBook, Boot Camp will require 64-bit versions of Windows 10 Home or Pro. To see if your MacBook supports the 64-bit versions of Windows 10, click on the apple icon at the top left of the screen.
Click on About This Mac. This will display which model you have. Apple Support has a list that will tell you if your model is compatible.
3. Purchasing Windows 10
This is probably the easiest step to complete, all you’ll need is access to the internet and a credit card handy.
Go to www.microsoft.com. At the top of the page, click on the word, Windows. Once you’ve been redirected, click on Windows 10. Select Get Windows 10 from the drop-down menu.
You will now be asked a series of questions like what you’re looking for. All you have to do is select the appropriate answers. Then you have a choice between Windows 10 Home and Pro.
We recommend Windows 10 Home if it’s only for personal use. This is because it’s cheaper but will still support non-Microsoft applications. However, this will depend on your personal needs.
Before you make your purchase, ensure that it’s a full installation Windows installer. Otherwise, you might accidentally only download an upgrade installer.
You’ll have the option to download it or receive a USB. I suggest downloading it rather than getting the USB.
This is because the download occurs instantaneously. If you choose the USB option you will either have to wait for shipment and delivery, or pick it up from a store near you.
The ISO file will have to be the 64-bit version of the Windows 10 installer in order to successfully install Windows 10 to your MacBook.
Once you have downloaded the digital copy you’ll need to run the Windows media creation tool. All you have to do is click here and read the easy-to-follow the directions.
Boot Camp Assistant
1. HOW TO GET STARTED
Now that you’ve checked your system requirements and downloaded Windows 10, it’s time to open Boot Camp.
Boot Camp is already on your MacBook as it’s a feature that comes pre-loaded. It will allow you to install Microsoft Windows 10 without having to download anything else.
Go to your MacBook applications list. Once there, select the utilities folder and click on Boot Camp Assistant.
The program will open into a window that introduces the application. It suggests creating a backup of your data before installing Windows. It’s important to have a backup in case something goes wrong. This is rare, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
When you wish to proceed, press continue. You’ll be asked to select one or both tasks. The first task is to download the last version of Apple’s Windows support software. The other option is to install Windows 10. Select both options.
Then the Boot Camp assistant will prompt you to select the ISO file location and its destination. You should choose its destination as the USB drive. The USB drive will be reformatted so if it’s not empty, ensure that you have backups of any existing files.
Click continue and Boot Camp will begin to copy Windows 10 onto the USB drive. This might take a while.
Once it has completed, you’ll have the option to choose where the Windows drivers are saved. Then it will install the support software files. Follow the instructions and, when it’s complete, select continue.
This is where you might need or want to use the external hard drive. This depends on the progression of the download and where you want to download the Windows files to.
Once the download has completed, you’ll have to create a partition. 55GB of space will be given to the Windows partition. This is sufficient for the completion of the installation but nothing else, so you’ll probably want more.
To increase the partition size for Windows you can slide the bar between its partition and your MacBook’s partition. Keep in mind that once the partition is created it cannot be changed.
Once you have chosen the amount of space, click install. This will complete the partition process.
When it asks you which partition you want to install the Windows operating system on, choose Bootcamp. Then select format.
However, this is only necessary if you’re using a flash or optical drive for installation. Otherwise, the partition will be selected and formatted automatically and you don’t have to lift a finger.
3. INSTALL WINDOWS AND WINDOWS SUPPORT SOFTWARE
This is the last step in the installation process. You can now disconnect all external devices that are no longer necessary for installation.
Boot Camp Assistant will now begin to install Windows. Follow the on-screen prompts. Continue to follow the directions. The Windows 10 installation process should take approximately thirty minutes.
After the installation process has completed, your MacBook will restart. Then you will need to install the Windows support software. This will launch automatically.
Once the download has completed, use Spotlight to open Startup Disk preferences. Select the Windows 10 Startup Disk. This will make your Mac start in Windows. Now restart your MacBook. After it reboots, it should open Windows.
4. SWITCH BETWEEN THE TWO SYSTEMS
At this point, you should have Windows 10 and Windows support software installed and you’ve set the default operating system. This means that you’ll have complete access to Windows every time you reboot your Mac.
However, sometimes you may want to switch between the two systems. The word used for switching between systems is “toggle”. You can toggle between macOS and Windows at any time.
There are two ways to toggle between the two systems. The first way is to restart your computer. Upon startup, immediately hold down the Option (ALT) key.
The second way is to use the Windows Boot Camp system tray item to switch back to MacOS. Alternatively, to switch back to Windows from MacOS you can select the Boot Camp volume from the startup disk preference pane.
There are a few things worth noting about downloading Windows 10 on a Macintosh computer. Apple software supports Windows 10 but doesn’t perform optimally. While using the Windows partition, some features might not function correctly.
You might find that the trackpad and the power button’s TouchID sensor are less responsive, or don’t work at all.
Moreover, if you have a MacBook Pro with a touch bar you will only retain some functionality while operating Windows 10. Unfortunately, the OLED touchpad won’t work exactly the same.
However, you’ll still have access to the basic controls of the touch bar. This includes volume, play, pause, brightness and the ability to switch it to the standard row of F keys.
These are minor inconveniences though, compared to the pros of having access to both operating systems. The pros far outweigh the cons. This is especially true if you’re a gamer and are looking to expand your gaming experience.
We hope this article has been useful and that you are able to install Windows 10 on your MacBook with little or no problems.