The installation process will also vary, depending on which version of Windows you're using. This section is by Nik Rawlinson. An external keyboard and mouse or trackpad if you're using a Mac desktop computer. Risks are inherent in the use of the Internet.
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One last thing before we plunge in: If you're prompted during installation, connect a blank USB 2 flash drive. If your Mac has a multi-core processor - such as the new iMac Pro, which has up to 18 processor cores - then you can devote multiple cores to your VM in order to improve performance.
How to install Windows on a Mac
For this reason we're going to stick with VirtualBox's fairly conservative recommendation of a 32GB virtual iwndows for Windows. Install Windows and Windows Support Software Unplug any external devices, such as displays and disks, that aren't necessary during installation.
It is one of those ironies that although Microsoft is famed for its aggressive commercial practices, Apple is responsible for this particular impasse. Then follow the onscreen instructions to repartition your startup disk and download related software drivers for Windows.
Windpws resources also contain helpful information:. VirtualBox is a free download from here. If you don't want to do this, click the Customise button and tweak the settings by hand. Apple assumes no responsibility with regard to the selection, performance, or windoows of third-party websites or products.
That's the best option if you want to play Windows games, or run high-end graphics and design software that needs all the power it can get. The installation process will also vary, depending on which version of Windows you're using.
This is definitely the most convenient option, as it means that you can run your Windows apps on the Mac desktop right alongside all your normal Mac apps, so there's no need to dual-boot back and forth between the macOS and Windows as you do when running Boot Camp. Next, you need to tell Windows whether the machine belongs to yourself or your organisation. You can also determine how your VM interacts with the macOS on your Mac, perhaps sharing specific folders and files that you need for a work project, or sharing your music or photo libraries.
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You'll need MB of free space on your computer to accommodate it, in addition to the space required by Windows up to 32GB. Both programs also allow you to change the 'hardware' configuration of your VMs if you need to - just as though you were choosing widnows physical hardware for a real Mac or PC. Click the New button on the VirtualBox toolbar and give your new virtual machine a name 'Windows 10' in our instance and select the operating system you're installing from the Version drop-down menu.
Parallels makes things a bit easier for beginners, by providing a number of predefined options that are suitable for productivity software such as Microsoft Office, or running heavy-duty 3D games, or design software.
The final two steps ask if you'd rather use a PIN that in place of a password, and whether you want to store your files on OneDrive or the local virtual machine.
The most important of these is memory. By default, both Parallels and VMWare run their VMs in a window - so you get a kind of 'Windows window' that displays the Windows desktop floating in its own window on top of the Mac desktop. The number of different options available here can be a bit intimidating, but the great thing about virtualisation technology is that you can't really break a VM.
Install Windows on your Mac with Boot Camp
There's a complete list here. VirtualBox new shows you a summary of the composition of your virtual machine, and allows you to switch between different virtualised environments in the sidebar if you've set up more than one.
Boot Camp Assistant guides you through installing Windows on your Mac. The Boot Camp Assistant can split your Mac's hard drive or solid state drive into two sections - called 'partitions'.
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Virtualisation programmes such as Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion provide an ingenious and flexible alternative to the dual-boot approach of Boot Camp. If this is your first time using Boot Camp then, of course, you'll also need to select the option to 'Install Cor 7 or later'. Then follow the onscreen prompts to install Windows. However, the virtual machine mimics the workings mzc a PC, allowing you to install Windows on the virtual machine, and then install any Windows apps that you need to run as well.
But a better option for many people is the ability to hide the Windows desktop altogether, so that individual Windows apps appear all on their own on the Mac desktop, just like ordinary Mac apps. You can check which versions of Windows your Mac can run on Apple's website.
You can also allocate extra memory and disk space, and even increase the amount of video memory fpr your VM can use for handling 3D graphics in games and other windowe software.
Apple recommends that you have a minimum of 55GB of free storage available on your Mac's internal hard drive or solid-state drive for installing Windows, along with a USB memory stick with at least 16GB of storage for the additional 'driver' software that Window needs in order to control components such as your Mac's monitor and camera, as well as your Mac keyboard and mouse which, of course, are different from conventional Windows mice and keyboards.