Install window 10 in Mac OS X

Mac users absolutely are able to setup, install and run Windows 10 on Mac (Macbook pro, Macbook air or even iMac) in a very simple, free and easy way. With a Mac virtualization app, you can experience Windows 10 on Mac without any concerns of negative impacts on data and current Mac OS X System.

The purpose of this article should be clear first. In the range of this writing, we introduce a solution to install and run a Windows inside Mac OS X using Mac virtualization softwares. If you want to install Windows 10 in an independent partition (able to switch between OS X and Windows when booting), look at our another topic: Install Windows 10 through Bootcamp on MacBooks.

Windows 10 has just released by Microsoft with many new features. You obviously meet all these features and functions in Mac OS X Yosemite. However, Window system is still more common and there are many particular softwares which have not been provided version for Mac system. Moreover, many reviews indicates that Windows 10 runs smoother than OS X does on MacBook retina 2015.

windows runs smoothly on Mac

Instruction of how to install Windows 10 in Mac OS X

Follow below steps, you can setup and run windows 10 on your Macbook via a virtualization app very easily and quickly.

  • Step 1: Download necessary tools needed to install Windows 10 on Mac

Of course, you need a MacBook running OS X with sufficient Ram Memory of at least 4 Gb.
– It is able to download original Windows 10 (32-64 bit).ISO from Microsoft Download Page.
– You need to download one of virtualization app such as Virtual Box, VMWare Fusion 7 or Mac Parallels Desktop 10 (full versions).
Virtual Box is a free application, you can download from here. VMWare Fusion 7 and Mac Parallels Desktop 10 is commercial softwares. However, it’s able to download the full free versions of them from here:
VMWare Fusion 7 full free download
Mac Parallels Desktop 10 full free download
In the range of this tutorial, we instruct you specifically using Virtual Box.

  • Step 2: Config Virtual Box setting

Run Virtual Box on Mac, then choose NEW to new virtual machine. In New Window comes up, you now need to name the new Virtual machine, select Microsoft Windows at Type and choose the right version of window being installed (Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 – 32 or 64 bit) at Version.

Install Windows 10 in Mac OS X using Virtual box
Install Windows 10 in Mac OS X using Virtual box

You now can set Memory of Ram and CPU of the virtual machine. We recommend selecting at least 4Gb of Ram.

Memory size should be sufficient for smoothly Windows running in Mac OS X
Memory size should be sufficient for smoothly Windows running in Mac OS X
  • Step 3: Start installing Windows 10 in Mac OS X

Click Start button on the left side to run the new virtual machine you have just created. Locate the Windows 10 setup.ISO direction, then click on Start. The further steps is similar to when you install windows on a normal computer.

Start installing Windows on Mac

Be noticed that during the installing processes, When seeing the new notification of “Upgrade or Custom“, just click on Custom instead of Upgrade that is for computer was installed Windows already.

Get windows 10 installed on Mac successfully

The installing lasts about 20 minutes. and then you will be ready to experience Windows 10 on your MacBook.

In a reverse way, you might want to look at How to install OS X Yosemite/El Capitan on VMware Workstation 11 in Windows. And Download VMware Workstation 11 torrent full version free for windows.

If not Windows 10? You absolutely can setup, install and run Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, or even Window server on Macbook Pro, Macbook Air and iMac in exactly the same above steps.

However, a Windows running inside Mac OS X through a virtualization app is limited and can not be utilized at highest performance. If you want to install Windows 10 in an independent partition, look at Install Windows 10 through Bootcamp on MacBooks.