Boot Camp is a free utility that comes with your Mac and lets you switch between macOS and Windows. Download your copy of Windows 10, then let Boot Camp Assistant walk you through the installation steps.
NOTE: The A&E CAD Tech Support Team officially recommends Boot Camp over Parallels – not only because it is free, but because it has proven to be more stable than Parallels.
DOWNLOAD WINDOWS 10
To start the process of setting up Apple Boot Camp® we need to first get an ISO disk image of Windows 10 to use for the installation. To do that:
Once you have Windows 10 completely downloaded, proceed to the Configure Boot Camp section below to continue.
CONFIGURE BOOT CAMP
Boot Camp comes already installed in macOS so there is nothing to download or install for it, so we can jump right into setting it up. To do that, please read and follow the instructions below carefully.
- Once you have your ISO file chosen and your partitions sized as required, click Install.
When the Apple Boot Camp Assistant completes the partitioning of your drive and setting everything else up, your Mac will restart and the Windows 10 installation will begin. Follow the instructions in the next section, Purchase & Install Windows 10, to continue.
PURCHASE & INSTALL WINDOWS 10
In this section you will be directed to where we have guides for acquiring a free Windows 10 Education license from the ACC Webstore and how to install Windows 10.
Free Copy of Windows 10 Education
If you need a license (product key) of Windows 10, please read the instructions here to get one through ACC.
Install Windows 10
Once you have your product key and you have completed the setup of Apple Boot Camp, then follow the instructions here to complete the installation of Windows 10.
INSTALL & UPDATE BOOT CAMP IN WINDOWS
After the Windows installation completes, your Mac starts up in Windows and opens a ”Welcome to the Boot Camp installer” window. Follow the instructions below to install Boot Camp and Windows support software (drivers).
NOTE: If the Boot Camp installer never opens, open the Boot Camp installer manually and use it to complete Boot Camp installation.
Install Boot Camp on Windows
Update Boot Camp
After restarting, your Mac will start back up in Windows. In order to get back to macOS and to be able to use Windows properly some updates need to applied to Boot Camp. To perform the updates:
Now that Boot Camp on Windows is fully updated, continue with the section below, Reboot into macOS or Windows, to see how to switch back and forth between the different operating systems.
REBOOT INTO MACOS OR WINDOWS
Reboot into macOS
You have Windows installed and set up, but you need to get back to macOS to work on other projects. To do that follow the instructions below:
Your Mac will reboot and start back up in macOS. For more information click here.
Reboot into Windows
Now back in macOS you later find that you need to use your CAD software, so you would like to reboot into Windows. To do that follow the instructions below:
Your Mac will reboot and start back up in Windows. For more information click here.
There are a few ways to reboot your computer and choose which operating system (OS) you wish to start up and to find that information refer to the links above. Also, the OS you were last in, Windows or macOS, will be the one you start back up in if you reboot your computer normally and do not choose Restart in macOS… from Windows, or do not change the Startup Disk from macOS.