MacOS has a multi-boot utility named boot camp that lets owners run Windows OS on their Mac. Boot camp is not virtualization software but it serves the same purpose – allowing users to run Windows applications on a Mac computer.
Before Sierra 10.12.5, Mac users had to follow quite a laborious route to use Windows on their Mac. They first had to install Windows 10 anniversary update, aka 160 through the boot camp and then upgrade to the latest Microsoft build 1703 that has the latest Creators update.
With the latest update to Mac OS Sierra, it is now possible for Mac users to directly install windows 10 build 1703 through boot camp.
How to install Windows 10 on your Mac?
Before you proceed to install Windows 10 build 1703 on your Mac, take a moment to check if your system fulfills the minimum requirements for this installation.
What you need
- An Intel-based Mac upgraded to Sierra 10.12.5
- A disk image of windows 10 64-bit operating system
- A keyboard and a mouse
- A blank 16 GB or larger USB drive
- At least 55GB of free space on your startup drive
If your system fulfills the minimum requirements specified above, then you should have no problem in installing Windows 10 on your Mac.
Steps to install Windows 10 on your Mac
- Launch Boot Camp Assistant. You can use Spotlight to search for it
- In the Select Tasks window, check both options
- Insert your USB drive and select the Windows 10 iso image on your Mac
- You will get a warning mentioning your USB drive will be formatted, click Continue
- On the next screen, click Continue again
- Now, wait until Boot Camp copies all required Windows 10 files on to the USB
- Once the USB is ready, you will be prompted to create a Windows partition
- Select a drive with at least 30GB free space and click on Install
- Boot Camp will create a Windows partition and then will reboot your Mac
- When the Mac restarts, you will be booted into the Windows setup screen
- Select Boot Camp created a partition for Windows when asked. Also, provide the Windows product key when prompted during the setup
- Once the Windows setup process in completed, the Mac will reboot again in Windows 10
- Once you have set up your login account on Windows 10, you will be required to install Boot Camp drivers for your Mac. These drivers are stored on your USB drive. Navigate to setup.exe in your USB drive and run it
- After the drivers are installed, the computer will reboot again and you will have a fully functional Windows 10 OS on your Mac
- To dual-boot between two operating systems– Windows 10 and Sierra OS, continue pressing the Alt key during the boot up process until you are presented with a dual boot menu.