Boot Camp is a Mac OS X utility that lets you run Windows on your Mac without relying on virtual machines or crippled emulators. Boot Camp supports Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 (with OS X 10.6 or later). Boot Camp creates a Windows partition on your hard drive, along with the Mac OS partition. This means that none of your Mac content is touched at all, and Boot Camp has no effect on the operation of Mac OS. The process of running Boot Camp to install a Windows partition includes running a preparation utility on Mac OS (after backing everything up of course), creating the partition and installing Windows, and then selecting which OS to boot into every time the machine boots up. To select an OS during startup you simply hold down the Option key and select the startup disk you want.
Boot Camp gives you full access to all the power your MacBook or iMac have to offer, including all RAM, multiple processors and cores, 3D graphics, and all the ports. Using your powerful Mac for both Mac OS and Windows used to require virtual devices, and while VMs have some advantages (allowing you to run both operating systems at the same time), for many users just being able to boot into either is all they want. Since Boot Camp is free, easy to install and use, and is supported by Apple, this is a winner of an app.
Boot Camp enables you to install Windows on your Intel-based Mac computer, using a Microsoft Windows install disc that you provide. Windows is installed on its own partition.
How to Share Files Between Mac OS X and Windows With Boot Camp. Chris Hoffman @chrisbhoffman Updated March 16, 2018. How to Install Windows on a Mac With Boot Camp. You could use the Disk Utility to shrink one of your current partitions and create a new partition. Format that new partition with that FAT file system and you’ll be able.
After installation, you can use either Windows or Mac OS X on your Mac computer. • The download file is a.zip file. Double click it to uncompress it. • Double-click the Boot Camp disk image. • Copy the entire contents of the.zip file to the root level of a USB flash drive or hard drive that is formatted with the FAT file system For detailed information about this update, please visit: • When running Windows, locate the Boot Camp folder on the USB media you created in Step 3 and double click to open it. • Double click on setup to start installing the Boot Camp Support Software.
• When prompted to allow changes, click on Yes and follow the onscreen instructions. • Installation can take a few minutes.
Don't interrupt the installation process. When installation is complete, click Finish in the dialog that appears. • A system restart dialog box appears.
Click Yes to complete the installation.
Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/BernardaSv Boot Camp software from Apple shook up the computing public upon its apocalyptic arrival in April 2006. Boot Camp graduated from beta, or near-finished, status with the arrival of Leopard. Boot Camp Assistant software is stored in the Utilities folder inside the Applications folder. Boot Camp itself is free.
You have to supply your own single-disc or downloadable full-install version of Windows; an upgrade disc won’t cut it. It’s also important to note that you can use a 64-bit version of Windows, Windows 7 (Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate), Windows 8, or Windows 8.1. Consult to see which Mac models are compatible with which versions of Windows. In its current incarnation, Boot Camp isn’t compatible with 32-bit versions of Windows. Other requirements follow: • An Intel Mac with OS X version 10.6 or later • At least 2GB of RAM and 20GB of available space on the Mac’s storage drive that you want to donate to Windows • A blank CD or USB storage device that you’ll use for Windows software drivers If you don’t run into snags, the entire installation should take about an hour.