Can You Install Windows 10 On Mac For Free

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Today, Mac users need the ability to run certain Windows programs on their Mac OS X system because they are not compatible or officially supported by Mac (check out our article on how to run Windows apps in Mac without needing to install Windows). In this guide, we demonstrate how to virtualize Windows 10 on your Mac. Virtualization allows you to install and run a real copy of another operating system on top of your your current operating system. You can take advantage of the same hardware features for virtualization including USB compatibility, video card, memory, hard drive space, CPU, and more. There are several benefits to virtualization, including manageability, cost, and ability to run different Operating Systems alongside each other. Let’s get started with installing a copy of Windows 10 on Mac OS X.


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1.Download and install free virtualization software called VirtualBox for Mac. Open the dmg file and install the VirtualBox.pkg file.

Note: VirtualBox is the leading free virtualization products available. In addition to being free, VirtualBox offers the same features and support as paid virtualization software offers, including Parallels Desktop.

2. Let’s grab a free copy of Windows 10 (trial version). Go to Windows 10 Software Download.

3. Select Windows 10 Anniversary Edition. Click confirm.

4. Choose your language. Click confirm.

5. Choose 64-bit Download.

Note:Since our Mac is 64-bit and we have more than 4 gigabyte of memory, we want to take advantage of the 64-bit version of Windows 10. The download is about 4 gigs and will take some time. Once downloaded, you will have an ISO image named something like Win10_1607_English_x64.iso

6. Open in Applications folder on your Mac.

7. Click New.

Name: Windows 10

Type: Microsoft Windows

Version: Windows 10 (64-bit)

Click Continue.

8. Memory Size can be left at default. Click continue.

9. For Hard Disk, select create a virtual hard disk now. Select Create.

10. For hard disk file type, VDI is fine. Click Continue.

Note: We can export our virtual image to any format down the road, so this really doesn’t matter.

11. Select Dynamically allocated for storage on physical hard disk. Click Continue.

12.Click Create.

13. Now, select the Windows 10 image in your list and click Start. You will get a message that the machine is new and needs an image. Click the tiny green arrow and find your downloaded Windows 10 ISO file. Then click Start.

Your new Windows 10 image will begin to install.

Note: When Windows asks for your product key, simple select I don’t have a product key. Remember, you can always decide to purchase a product key after the 90-day trial expires. Currently, a Windows 10 activation license costs from around $90 – $120.

What you need to install Windows 10 on Mac

  • MacBook introduced in 2015 or later
  • MacBook Air introduced in 2012 or later
  • MacBook Pro introduced in 2012 or later
  • Mac mini introduced in 2012 or later
  • iMac introduced in 2012 or later1
  • iMac Pro (all models)
  • Mac Pro introduced in 2013 or later

The latest macOS updates, which can include updates to Boot Camp Assistant. You will use Boot Camp Assistant to install Windows 10.

64GB or more free storage space on your Mac startup disk:

  • Your Mac can have as little as 64GB of free storage space, but at least 128GB of free storage space provides the best experience. Automatic Windows updates require that much space or more.
  • If you have an iMac Pro or Mac Pro with 128GB of memory (RAM) or more, your startup disk needs at least as much free storage space as your Mac has memory.2

An external USB flash drive with a storage capacity of 16GB or more, unless you're using a Mac that doesn't need a flash drive to install Windows. /mtk-flash-tool-for-mac-os-25618/.

How To Run Windows 10 On Mac

A 64-bit version of Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro on a disk image (ISO) or other installation media. If installing Windows on your Mac for the first time, this must be a full version of Windows, not an upgrade.

  • If your copy of Windows came on a USB flash drive, or you have a Windows product key and no installation disc, download a Windows 10 disk image from Microsoft.
  • If your copy of Windows came on a DVD, you might need to create a disk image of that DVD.

How to install Windows 10 on Mac

To install Windows, use Boot Camp Assistant, which is included with your Mac.

1. Check your Secure Boot setting

Learn how to check your Secure Boot setting. The default Secure Boot setting is Full Security. If you changed it to No Security, change it back to Full Security before installing Windows. After installing Windows, you can use any Secure Boot setting without affecting your ability to start up from Windows.

2. Use Boot Camp Assistant to create a Windows partition

Open Boot Camp Assistant, which is in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder. Follow the onscreen instructions.

  • If you're asked to insert a USB drive, plug your USB flash drive into your Mac. Boot Camp Assistant will use it to create a bootable USB drive for Windows installation.
  • When Boot Camp Assistant asks you to set the size of the Windows partition, remember the minimum storage-space requirements in the previous section. Set a partition size that meets your needs, because you can't change its size later.

3. Format the Windows (BOOTCAMP) partition

When Boot Camp Assistant finishes, your Mac restarts to the Windows installer. If the installer asks where to install Windows, select the BOOTCAMP partition and click Format. In most cases, the installer selects and formats the BOOTCAMP partition automatically.

4. Install Windows

Unplug any external devices that aren't necessary during installation. Then click Next and follow the onscreen instructions to begin installing Windows.

5. Use the Boot Camp installer in Windows

After Windows installation completes, your Mac starts up in Windows and opens a ”Welcome to the Boot Camp installer” window. Follow the onscreen instructions to install Boot Camp and Windows support software (drivers). You will be asked to restart when done.

  • If the Boot Camp installer never opens, open the Boot Camp installer manually and use it to complete Boot Camp installation.
  • If you have an external display connected to a Thunderbolt 3 port on your Mac, the display will be blank (black, gray, or blue) for up to 2 minutes during installation.

How to switch between Windows and macOS

Restart, then press and hold the Option (or Alt) ⌥ key during startup to switch between Windows and macOS.

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If you have one of these Intel-based Mac models using OS X El Capitan or later, you don't need a USB flash drive to install Windows:

  • MacBook introduced in 2015 or later
  • MacBook Air introduced in 2017 or later3
  • MacBook Pro introduced in 2015 or later3
  • iMac introduced in 2015 or later
  • iMac Pro (all models)
  • Mac Pro introduced in late 2013 or later

To remove Windows from your Mac, use Boot Camp Assistant, not any other utility.

For more information about using Windows on your Mac, open Boot Camp Assistant and click the Open Boot Camp Help button.

1. If you're using an iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014) or iMac (27-inch, Late 2013) or iMac (27-inch, Late 2012) with a 3TB hard drive and macOS Mojave or later, learn about an alert you might see during installation.

2. For example, if your Mac has 128GB of memory, its startup disk must have at least 128GB of storage space available for Windows. To see how much memory your Mac has, choose Apple menu  > About This Mac. To see how much storage space is available, click the Storage tab in the same window.

3. These Mac models were offered with 128GB hard drives as an option. Apple recommends 256GB or larger hard drives so that you can create a Boot Camp partition of at least 128GB.