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How to Install Windows On a Macbook?

Macbooks are known for their amazing design, performance and software. However, not all the people like running MacOS and in some cases developers need to run Windows for their developing tools. There are many ways to run Windows on a Macbook and each method has its own advantages and disadvantages that you need to know before deciding which one you are going to use.

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VirtualBox is a popular option for running Windows operating system on a Macbook but of course you cannot get the full experience of running Windows because it would be running inside an application. Many people use Parallels Desktop which is well known software designed for specifically this purpose. It has more features than VirtualBox and it can run both operating systems simultaneously but it is still limited when it comes to functionality.

Now Apple allows its users to install Windows 8.0, 8.1 and 10 on their Macbooks. There are few things you must know before installing Windows operating system on your Macbook. You need to create a separate partition for the Windows operating system. Windows and MacOS use different disk formats that mean you cannot access Windows partition from the MacOS and vice versa. Although there are some ways to do that but those methods are for advanced users. There is a pretty simple solution for that, create a third partition for data that you’d be sharing between both platforms.

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If you have these compatible operating systems in an iOS file then you can install from USB too. You need a USB with at least 8GB storage. You don’t need software to make USB bootable because MacOS has its own software name BootCamp that does this process. However, you need internet connection to download the latest Windows Support Software from Apple. Of course this process is automatic too and you don’t have to do anything manually.

Plug your USB in Macbook and open BootCamp Assistant. You can find this app in Utilities. Select all three options which are “Create Windows Install Disk”, “Download the latest Windows Support Software” and “Install Windows”. Click next and it will ask you to select the ISO file containing the compatible Windows operating system. Click next and the process of creating Windows Install Disk would take few minutes depending on your USB speed. Make sure you use a USB 3.0 device instead of USB 2.0.

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In the next step you’d be asked to create a partition. All you have to do is select the size of Windows partition. If you are going to use the Windows as your primary platform then there is no need to give extra storage space to the MacOS partition. Get the maximum storage for Windows partition, (you can create a third partition with Fat32 later so both platforms can use it). Click next and the Macbook would start downloading the drivers and support software. Apple servers are quite slow so it could take 1 hour.

After that the Windows operating system will start installing and you’ll get a fresh installation in no time.

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