Apple Boot Camp
Apple's Boot Camp is software that is designed to allow users to install and dual-boot Microsoft Windows on their Intel-based Macs. The software guides the user through the installation process, facilitating partitioning and driver installation. This is not virtualization and does not allow users to run OS X and Windows simultaneously, like Parallels or VMWare Fusion. Though it is unsupported, Boot Camp has been used to successfully run other operating systems such as Vista or Linux.
Boot Camp can be very useful for running programs in Windows that cannot run in OS X. This is great for software programmers, website designers, and even gamers who do not own traditional Windows computers, or who wish to run Windows and OS X on the same computer.
- Mac OS 10.5 or later (use Software Update)
- The latest firmware updates (check the Support Page or use Software Update)
- At least contiguous 10GB of free hard disk space
- Your Mac OS 10.5 Leopard or later installation DVD or Mac OS X Install Disc 1
- Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista or Windows 7 full installation media (upgrade edition discs do not work)
Note: Windows XP Media Center Edition and 64-bit Windows XP do not work with Boot Camp
This is a brief overview of the steps required to install Boot Camp on an Intel-based Mac. For more complete instructions, please see Apple's Boot Camp installation guide.
Note: It is always a good idea to back up all important data before resizing partitions and installing alternate operating systems.
- Make sure you have upgraded to the most recent version of your OS X, as well as the most recent firmware updates. Use Apple's Software Update feature to do this.
- Run the Boot Camp Assistant (located in Applications --> Utilities).
- Create a Windows partition. You should allocate ''at minimum'' 10 GB for the partition, but your exact needs will depend on the specific Windows version (Vista will require more space) and the specific tasks you expect to accomplish in your Windows environment.
- Insert the Windows disk and restart the computer, beginning the Windows installation process.
Important note: When asked, be sure and choose the '''C''' drive for installation. Hints: Your Windows partition size should closely approximate the Windows partition size you chose in step 3, and usually will be designated as a type NTFS filesystem. Be absolutely sure you are selecting the Windows partition, and not the Mac partition.
- Once the installation is finished and Windows has booted for the first time, insert your OS X installation DVD. This will automatically install the appropriate drivers in Windows, allowing you to run Windows natively.
- The installation of the base drivers should allow network connectivity. Run Apple Software Update to download and install important Boot Camp updates and other essential or useful software (such as QuickTime). Alternatively, download the latest Boot Camp update software directly from Apple's Boot Camp support page.
- When turning on your machine, you can choose between OS X and Windows by pressing the '''Option''' key at boot up.