At IU, how do I use Boot Camp Assistant to install 64-bit Windows on Mac computers?

If you wish to run both OS X and Windows on a single Mac computer, UITS recommends using Apple's Boot Camp utility to install a 64-bit version of Windows on your Mac. In OS X, the Boot Camp Assistant app will help you partition your Mac hard drive to accommodate both operating systems, so you can install Windows from an installation disk or an ISO image stored on a USB flash drive.

Important:
Partitioning your system's hard drive with Boot Camp Assistant may erase all your data. Before proceeding, back up/copy all personal files (e.g., documents, pictures, music, videos) to a flash drive, external hard drive, or cloud storage. Alternatively, you can use Time Machine with an external hard drive to back up your entire Mac computer; for instructions, see Mac Basics: Time Machine backs up your Mac. If you need assistance setting up Time Machine, contact your campus Support Center.
Note:
If you'd rather not do it yourself, the fee-based Carry-in Consulting service at IUB is available to install operating systems for IU students, faculty, and staff.

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Pre-installation notes

  • Use this supplemental information in conjunction with the complete instructions provided in Apple's online Boot Camp Help: Install Windows on your Mac. If you don't have access to the online guide via a different device, print a copy of the Boot Camp Installation & Setup Guide (see Printing at IU).
  • Determine which version of Windows (7, 8.1, or 10) is appropriate for computer; refer to Apple's System requirements to install Windows on your Mac using Boot Camp.

    For help, contact your campus Support Center.

  • Obtain your copy of Windows; see Software for students, faculty, and staff.

    If you're installing Windows 7, download the Windows 7 Activation Assistant (for Windows 7 only) from IUware.

  • If your computer isn't equipped with an optical drive, you can install Windows using an ISO image stored on a flash drive.
    Note:
    To determine if your Mac supports this feature, open Boot Camp Assistant (Go > Utilities > Boot Camp Assistant), and then click Continue. If you see a "Create a Windows 7 or later install disk" checkbox, your Mac supports this feature.
  • Ensure that the computer is plugged into a power source, as the entire process may take up to two and a half hours (depending on your Internet connection speed).
  • Make sure your computer meets these requirements:
    • At least 80 GB of free hard drive space
    • You have either the keyboard and mouse (or trackpad) that came with your Mac, or a USB keyboard and mouse
    • An optical (i.e., DVD) drive, if your computer does not support installing Windows from a bootable flash drive
  • During installation, you will be prompted to enter an account name and password; this is for the administrator account, and should not be the one you generally use.
  • You also will be prompted to enter your time zone.

Installation overview

Bear in mind that this overview is intended strictly as a supplementary guide for use in conjunction with the Apple's complete instructions. Installing a fully updated 64-bit version of Windows on a Mac computer at IU involves the following tasks, performed in the following order:

Step 1: Check for OS X updates

It is critical that you check for and install the lastest OS X updates to ensure that Windows installs properly, and to reduce the risk of encountering problems during installation. To check for updates, follow the "Check for software updates" instructions in the Boot Camp Help online instructions, or "Step 1: Check for Updates" in the Boot Camp printed guide (both noted above and throughout these supplemental instructions).

Step 2: Prepare your Mac for Windows (partition your hard drive)

Important:
Back up your files if you haven't yet done so. Partitioning your system's hard drive with Boot Camp Assistant may erase all files.

This step prepares your Mac for Windows by creating a new partition for Windows and then starting the Windows installer. Follow the "Prepare your Mac for Windows" steps in the online instructions, or "Step 2: Prepare your Mac for Windows" in the printed guide.

Step 3: Install Windows on your Mac

This step formats the BOOTCAMP partition you created previously and installs Windows. This part of the process can take from 20 to 55 minutes to complete; make sure your computer remains plugged into an AC outlet.

  • Make sure only the BOOTCAMP partition is highlighted before you click Next to start the installation.
  • For Windows 8.x and higher, enter your product key when prompted. You must enter your product key to continue.

    For Windows 7, leave it blank. You will use the Windows 7 Activation Assistant later to finish the activation.

Follow the "Install Windows" steps in the online instructions, or "Step 3: Install Windows on your Mac" in the printed guide.

Step 4: Install the Windows support software

This step installs Mac support software, which includes Boot Camp drivers that support your Mac hardware (e.g., wireless adapter, camera, track pad, and function keys, among others).

Carefully follow the "Install Windows support software" steps in the online instructions, or "Step 4: Install the Windows support software" in the printed guide.

After installation

Getting help

If you encounter a problem or have questions about the Boot Camp process, contact your campus support center.

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Last modified on 2016-05-07 00:00:00.

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