Step 5: Use Boot Camp Assistant
The Boot Camp Assistant will help guide you through the process of adding Windows to your Mac.
- For an easy way to begin, click
, the Spotlight icon. In the search bar, type
boot camp assistant, and press .
- The next screen describes what Boot Camp Assistant does, and warns you to back up your disk if you haven't already done so. Click .
- Boot Camp Assistant will automatically remove older Time Machine snapshots and cached iCloud to make space for Boot Camp. This process may take a long time to complete. If you wish to skip this process, click .
- To select the installation tasks to complete, make sure
Before continuing, make sure a USB drive (at least 16 GB) is connected to the system, and be aware that the entire contents of that flash drive will be erased.
, , and are all selected.
- On the next screen, make sure the ISO file you just downloaded from Microsoft and the appropriate flash drive are both selected. Click .
- To confirm that the drive will be overwritten, click
This step will take some time, depending on your computer's hardware capabilities and your internet connection speed. Make sure your computer remains plugged into an AC outlet during this process.
- To begin creating a partition on your Mac's hard disk to hold Windows, authenticate with your administrator password.
- Use the slider between the Mac and Windows icons to select a size for the Windows partition.
UITS recommends that you use 80 GB for just Windows, and 90 GB for Windows plus Microsoft Office.
This process will take several minutes to complete. Once the partition is created, your Mac will restart and begin installing Windows 10. You may be prompted several times for your administrator password.