If you are someone who wishes to install Microsoft Windows on a Mac computer for free, then this is a recommended post for you to read because, in this post, we will look at a step-by-step process to install Microsoft Windows on your Mac computer.
Mac computers always come with a macOS. This is the default operating for Mac users. However, suppose you wish to install Microsoft Windows on your computer to enable you to use the software that you can not access on the macOS or have a better game experience. In that case, you just love to use the Microsft Windows operating system. Then let us begin.
Steps to Install Microsoft Windows on Mac for Free
Step 1: Check for requirements and Compatibility.
Before you start the installation, make sure your device will be able to install Windows. In this guide, we used macOS High Sierra, i.e., version 10.13x. So we recommended this or a higher version of macOS.
Also, make sure you have Boot Camp Assistant on your Mac. You can check this by going to Go>>Utilities>>Boot Camp Assistant >> Continue. If you see “Create a Windows 7 or later installation disk,” then your machine is eligible to install Windows.
Furthermore, make sure you have at least 80GB of space left on your hard drive and have your mouse and keyboard connected.
Step 2: Turn off FileVault
Before you can partition your hard drive or divide your hard drive, you need to turn off FileVault before you can do so. Follow the steps below to turn it off.
- Click on System Preference in the Menu bar from the Apple menu.
- Click on Security and Privacy.
- From the Security and privacy window, click on the FileVault tap.
- Before you turn off the FileVault, you need to click on the padlock icon but before you do that, make sure you are an administrator because it will require an administrator password.
- Click on Turn Off FileVault.
Step 3: Download Windows iso file
Download the Windows Installation file or the iso file if you don’t have it already. You can download it from Window Download Page.
Step 4: Preparing to Install Windows
Now that you have your windows setup file, which is the iso file you downloaded, it is time to load it in the Boot Camp.
- Search for Boot Camp Assistant
- Click on Continue. NB: You have to back up your files to avoid losing your files in case there is any challenge.
- Make sure you select both Create a Windows 7 or later version install disk and Install Windows 7 or later version. Insert a pen drive not less than 16GB and note that all files on the pen drive will be erased.
- Make sure the ISO file you just downloaded from Microsoft and the appropriate flash drive are selected on the following screen. Click Continue.
- Once you have confirmed that the drive will be overwritten, click Continue. This process may take some time, depending on your computer’s hardware capabilities and the speed of your internet connection. Be sure to keep your computer connected to a power outlet during this time.
- Begin creating a partition on the hard drive of your Mac to hold Windows by authenticating with your administrator password.
- Select the Windows partition size by sliding the slider between the Mac and Windows icons. UITS recommends using 80 GB for just Windows and 90 GB for Windows plus Microsoft Office.
- Click Install. This will take a few minutes. The partition will be created, and Windows 10 will begin to install as soon as your Mac is restarted. You may be prompted to enter your administrator password several times.
Step 5: Install Windows
Depending on the windows version you choose, you be given a step-by-step guide to install Windows on your Mac. If you have installed windows before, the process is the same.
Make sure you install Boot Camp Assistant once it is prompted to install. This will also install all the required drivers and dependencies.