How to install Windows 10 on Mac using VirtualBox or Boot Camp

How to install Windows 10 on Mac using VirtualBox or Boot Camp


“To create a new standard, it takes something that’s not just a little bit different; it takes something that’s really new, and really captures people’s imagination. And the Macintosh – of all the machines I’ve seen – is the only one that meets that standard.” ~ Bill Gates on Apple in 1984

With the new Windows 10 version now available, some Mac owners may want to test it out to see how it is or simply want to play games which are compatible with PCs and not ported to the Mac world as yet.  So how do you do it?

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The best way is to use virtualization.  There are multiple options like Apple’s Boot Camp, VMWare Fusion and Parallels, but the latter two aren’t free.

For this exercise, let us use the free tool – VirtualBox and then show using Apple’s Boot Camp.

Using VirtualBox

VirtualBox is a  x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product that can be used for Windows, Linux, Mac, and Solaris machines.  It supports a lot of guest operating systems like Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4, 2.6 and 3.x), Solaris and OpenSolaris, OS/2, and OpenBSD.

Download both VirtualBox and the Windows 10 from the Windows Insider Program.

First, install the VirtualBox with virtual hard drive size at least 2 GB and VDI with a dynamically allocated hard drive size of at least 25 GB.

Second, install the Windows 10 using Custom Install.

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The two steps are explained in detail in this very well done step-by-step video by Sahil of Android4life.  Check it out and do just as he does.

Using Apple’s Boot Camp

This is for a Mac machine with OS Yosemite.  Just go with the Install Windows 7 or later option.  Here is a step-by-step video on how to install Windows 10 Preview on Mac machine using the Boot Camp.

There you go.  Now you can enjoy the new Windows 10 on your Mac machine for free!

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