Apple computers can now run Windows 10 thanks to Bootcamp. Many popular Mac computers can now run Windows 10 and OS X Yosemite with Bootcamp Windows 10 support that Apple announced today.
This does not replace OS X Yosemite on your Mac, but it does allow an option to run Windows 10 on your Mac when you start up. Microsoft recently released Windows 10 with a collection of exciting new features and upgrades designed to address complaints with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 as well as add in new options for users.
The Mac Windows 10 support only works on select computers, so you’ll need to make sure that your MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Mini or Mac Pro make the cut before installing Windows 10 on your Mac.
One major reason to install Windows 10 on a Mac is to get access to Windows only apps that you might need for work or to play Windows games on a Mac. When using Windows 10 on a Mac, users can still use the USB 3, USB C, Thunderbolt ports, SD card slots, DVD drives as well as the Apple keyboard, trackpad and mouse.
The following Apple computers support Windows 10 in Bootcamp. The performance will vary based on the configuration that you use and you will need space on the internal hard drive for this to work.
- MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)
- MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015)
- MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014)
- MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014)
- MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013)
- MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013)
- MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013)
- MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2013)
- MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012)
- MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012)
- MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012)
- MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012)
- MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015)
- MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2015)
- MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2014)
- MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2014)
- MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2013)
- MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2013)
- MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012)
- MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2012)
- MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015)
- iMac (Retina 5k, 27-inch, Mid 2015)
- iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014)
- iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2014)
- iMac (27-inch, Late 2013)
- iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2013)
- iMac (27-inch, Late 2012)
- iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2012)
- Mac mini (Late 2014)
- Mac mini Server (Late 2012)
- Mac mini (Late 2012)
- Mac Pro (Late 2013)
Click on the Apple logo then on About this Mac to see if your computer is one of the supported models.
To install Windows 10 from scratch on a Mac, you will need to open Bootcamp Assistant on your Mac. This is in the Utilities folder or you can press command and space to open spotlight and type in Bootcamp Assistant. This will walk you through how to install Windows with Bootcamp.
To update your current Bootcamp installation to Windows 10 you should first make sure your Mac is completely up to date in the Mac App Store. Then Start Windows on your Mac and install all available Apple Software for Windows. Once this is complete you can check for Windows Updates to upgrade to Windows 10 on your Mac.
Apple warns that if you are upgrading form a 32-bit version of Windows you need to back up your Windows files and install a new 64-bit version using the Bootcamp Assistant.
Before you install Windows 10 on Mac with Bootcamp it is important to back up your files and to make sure you are aware of the current Windows 10 upgrade problems that you may run into. There are also a number of Windows 10 problems that you need to be aware.
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