How to instal Windows on a Mac?

Richard Christensen
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I have a fairly good Mac Book pro.  I would like to install windows 10 on the system as a second operating system.
What is the best way to do this...Parallels or Boot Camp?   Is there anything  I should be careful with when trying
to do this?
thanks,
Capreol
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Martin Liss"Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen." - Mark Twain
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I use Parallels and my Windows environment interacts almost seamlessly with OS X.
Tom CieslikIT Engineer
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If you use Pararells then your system disk will be spitted for 2 partitions.
If you do Bootcamp, only boot partition will stay in Mac format,, all other space on your HDD will be formatted to Windows friendly format.

If you going to use Windows only and not planning to go back to Mac then bootcamp will be better solution.
It will work very good. I;ve prepared Mac Pro for my Boss last year and he is very happy.
Just did something like this. Used VMware Fusion. It could not have been simpler.

Install and fire up Fusion. File>New>Create a custom virtual Machine>Choose Windows10>Create a new virtual disk>Finish.
Put the Windows DVD in, Start up the new VM. Go through the install steps. Done.
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I've done this using the OS X version of Oracle VM VirtualBox - You can download it here.

Worked great and setup was very easy.

Hope that's helpful.
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my answer: ALL OF THE ABOVE :)
oracle virtual box is free, parallels is commercial
If you've > 8GB RAM and 100GB free on the hard drive .. and use OSX a fair amount then go for a VM solution .. DO NOT use Bootcamp.

Bootcamp will partition your hard drive and install Windows on the 2nd partition .. you have to reboot every time you want to use Windows which is not practical if you use OSX a lot.  You can install Parallels and access Windows when booted in OSX too but that is a bit of a fudge and costs you $79 anyway.

If you don't use OSX often  .. OR ... you have < 8GB RAM  .. OR .. need to run certain software which doesn't work well under a VM (this is quite rare but there are some applications and games) then Bootcamp may be the best option.

In terms of VM solutions there are 3 main players on OSX .. Parallels, VMWare Fusion and Oracle VirtualBox.
Performance wise Parallels and Fusion are pretty close in most aspects but VirtualBox is a bit more basic.   It still works fine and it is FREE which will save you $79 to $90

Compare the 3 - https://lifehacker.com/run-windows-on-your-mac-virtualbox-vs-vmware-fusion-vs-1750474360
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I agree with the above idea. Stay away from dual-booting. It just waste time.

I use VMware Workstation Pro and Fusion is comparable. I like the Networking Editor, Unity Mode and other nice features of Workstation Pro so I use paid software for this reason.

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If you want to use window operating system in your mac  so do like this
1. install Boot Camp which give to install windows operating system.
2. Divide the space for other operating system
that's it
How much RAM does your system have?  Do you still need your Mac OS X side?  These 2 question determine whether you should use Bootcamp more than anything else.


If you plan on using Windows a lot more, then use Boot Camp.  If you're running CPU intensive games, then use Boot Camp.  If you need all your RAM for Windows, then use Bootcamp.


If you have only 8 GB of RAM, you should install Windows in Bootcamp mode even if you just want to run a VM.  If you do need OS X, then you should use a VM.  You will be severely hampered by your VM using more than 3 GB RAM.  The VM divides up your total RAM.  Your Mac side will slow down severely when you go below about 5-6 GB of RAM for OS X.  You won't be able to multitask as easily.  Even if you decide on a VM, I recommend installing it in Bootcamp first, with at least 80 GB of disk space for some minor room to grow.  Both Parallels and VMWare Fusion can use your Bootcamp partition to start a VM.  This way you can use a VM for minor quick Windows access, using a limited 2 GB Windows VM, and still be able to use the full resources in Bootcamp mode when needed.

If you have 16 GB on your Mac Book Pro and also need to use your Mac systems a lot more, then go ahead and install a VM and forego the Bootcamp partition if you don't need the full RAM or full speed.  This will allow you to set the VM to a thin provisioned disk image and use less disk space.  You can allocate 8 GB RAM or more to your VM, but I don't recommend allocating more than 10 GB, because you really want at least 6 GB to keep the Mac side running smoothly without swapping to disk.  Parallels has a nicer Mac interface, since they only exist on Macs.  VMWare Fusion is slightly cheaper but less Mac like.  Both paid versions run nicely, but Parallels is more intuitive to the native Mac user.  You can also use the free VirtualBox and it can load VMWare images, but it will run more sluggishly compared to the 2 paid versions and it's got a much clunkier interface.

I'd also recommend installing homebrew, and using that to install wine to run standalone Windows executables that don't need the .net framework.  You won't need to start up a full VM and you'll use much fewer resources.  I've used all 3 VM software on the Mac and I'm now running them less frequently since I started using wine.
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Thanks to all the experts for their very good answers.  Much appreciated.
capreol
Martin Liss"Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen." - Mark Twain
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Please don't forget to close the question.
Richard ChristensenRetired computer technician

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I did that before but it did not work!
thanks,
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I closed the question and it is still open.  Have you guys gone out of control or am I nuts?
Rational recommendations would be appreciated.  I would like to award the points!
thanks,
capreol
Martin Liss"Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen." - Mark Twain
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Does this EE article help?
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In your question you have a Close Question option. Click on the answers you wish to accept and close
Richard ChristensenRetired computer technician

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For the life of me I cannot see how to close a question.  I have tried it after selection the best answer and
the assisted solution and then clicked the button on the left side.......close Question and it simply does not work.
What is going on?
Richard ChristensenRetired computer technician

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Thanks to all the Experts for your assistance.  Much appreciated.
capreol
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Thanks very much Andrew.  That edit points was the step I was missing.  I followed your directions
and it worked!
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