Operating Systems: Installing Bootcamp


This article outlines steps for installing Bootcamp.


Step 1: Check for Updates and Back Up

1. Click the Apple menu, then Software Update... to install any updates for your system.

2. Go to Apple's Boot Camp support page  and check whether you need additional updates for your computer model. Download and install if necessary.

3. Restart your computer if prompted. After restarting, check for software updates again until no new ones are available. Because Boot Camp will be moving and reallocating space on your hard drive, you should back up any important data before you continue in case anything becomes corrupted during the process

Step 2: Prepare your mac for Windows

1. In OS X, quit all open applications, and then open a Finder window and click on Applications, and scroll down to Utilities.
2. In the Utilities folder, double-click  Boot Camp Assistant to launch the assistant.
3. Click Continue to begin setup.

You can use either of the two options:

4. If you want to install Windows from a USB flash drive and you have a Windows 7 ISO image, select the option to copy the image to a USB flash drive. If this option isn’t available, your computer doesn’t support installing Windows from a USB flash drive.

5. If you haven’t already downloaded the Windows support software for this computer, select the option to download it. In a later step, you’ll install the Windows support software on your Windows partition.

Follow the on screen instructions for the options you selected: 

In this case, since we have a Windows 7 cd, select install windows 7 or later version

6. Click continue

7. Click on divide equally to partition disk 

8. Insert your Windows 7 installation disc into your computer’s optical drive

9. Click Install

Boot Camp Assistant creates the Windows partition, restarts your Mac, and opens the Windows 7 installer.

Step 3: Install windows

1. Follow the wizard to complete a normal Windows installation. If prompted to do an upgrade or custom installation, choose the custom option.

2. When you’re asked where to install Windows, select the partition named “BOOTCAMP.”

NOTICE: Do not create or delete a partition, or select any other partition. Doing so may delete the entire contents of your Mac OS X partition.

3. Click “Drive options (advanced).”

4. Click Format, and then click OK.

5. Click Next. The installer formats the Windows partition using the NTFS file system.

6. Follow the onscreen instructions to finish installing and configuring Windows.

7. After you install the Windows software, your computer automatically restarts using Windows. Use the Windows setup screens to configure Windows.

If you have trouble installing Windows, you can refer to your Windows documentation for help.

Step 4: Install Windows drivers

Once Windows is installed, you need to install the drivers you downloaded in an earlier step to make sure that all of your Mac hardware works properly in Windows, including sound, display, and wireless network adapters.

1. When the installation is complete, eject the Windows disc to remove it from your computer. If you have only an eject button on your Mac keyboard and it doesn’t work yet, you can click Start>Computer, and then right-click the optical drive and click Eject to remove the disc.
2. Insert the flash drive or disc you burned earlier containing the Windows drivers.
Click Start>Computer, and double-click to open the disc or flash drive.
3. In the Boot Camp folder, double-click setup.exe to to install the Windows drivers for your Mac. From there, just follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installations. Do not cancel any installations, or you may get errors. If you see warnings about certification or testing at any time, you can click Continue Anyway to proceed.
4. After the installation is complete, reboot your computer.

Step 5: Choose Which Operating System to Start

Now that you have both OS X and Windows installed and functioning on your Mac, you can always choose which operating system to launch at startup. Just hold down the Option key when turning on the computer or during a restart to bring up the OS-selection menu, and make your choice by double-clicking either OS X or Windows.


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