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How to install Windows 10 on a Mac?

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There was once a time when the distinction between the hardware of a Mac and PC was pretty clear, but since mid-2000, Apple has removed the architecture PowerPC to adopt the standard Intel x86 . This means that under the housing, a “PC "and" Mac "are virtually the same. It also means that the installation of multiple operating systems on your Mac has never been easier.

In this tutorial we will see how we can run your existing version of OS X in addition to Windows 10 in the hardware Mac. We have two options: either runs each OS separately, by logging into either depending on how you prefer; or use virtual machine software such as Parallels and VMware Fusion that allow you to run Windows as an application in OS X.

We start with Boot Camp, the application of OS X that lets you install Windows on the hard drive of your Mac and boot it as a completely independent operating system in its own section of the hard drive.

Install Windows 10 on your Mac with Boot Camp.

Boot Camp is an application that comes on every Mac, and is the easiest way to run Windows on the same computer with OS X. All that Boot Camp will not let us do is run two operating systems simultaneously.

To install Windows 10 on your Mac you need to have a copy of Windows 10. While users of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 may upgrade to the new system for free, here we need original, which cost us about 135 euros.

There are many ways to get Windows 10Microsoft has put on sale the operating system on both a USB memory and disks, which is quite useful if you are using a MacBook that has no recent slot DVD.

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With Windows 10 in your power, open Finder in OS X and go to "Applications"> "Utilities". Click the Boot Camp Assistant. Here you must choose which part of your hard drive wants to run Windows from now. You need to have available on your computer at least 16 GB , but is recommended to be between 20 and 30 GB if you really want to use Windows 10 on a regular basis as it needs space for applications and files. Click the partition and Mac restarts.

Once it has restarted, insert the installation disk Windows 10 or USB memory. The Mac will start from here and begin the installation process of Windows , starting by asking where you want to install. Click on the partition you just made, followed by "Options (advanced) unit". Then, with the new partition, click "Format". It will take a couple of minutes until Windows is installed.

Your Mac will restart again, and then run Windows 10. Remove the installation disk or USB stick and go. Now Windows 10 should work just like on a PC. To switch between operating systems, restart the Mac and press the "Option" as soon as they turn key again; this will open a screen where you can select OS X or Windows 10.


Mac install Windows 10 on a virtual machine with Parallels or VMware Fusion

The second option to run Windows 10 on your Mac is to install a software virtual machine, such as Parallels or VMware . These programs run Windows - or any x86 operating system, like Linux - in a window in OS X in this case. Windows will run as a standalone application, the same way they do Chrome or iTunes.

Because your Mac will run two operating systems simultaneously requires at least 2 GB of RAM -preferably more- to ensure that everything is running smoothly. Obviously, if you are installing Windows to play 3D games too heavy, then it requires a Mac even more powerful. You will also need a lot of storage space, as happened with Boot Camp.

Parallels Desktop costs 80 euros Of course you can also update a previous version for 50 euros, while VMware Fusion costs just over 56 euros -a renovation costs about 43 euros-. Both programs work very similarly. You can buy or download a free trial for a limited time, and install them on your Mac just like any other application.

You should at this point have a copy of Windows 10 and your license key in hand. For this tutorial we will focus on Parallels, but VMware Fusion works almost identically, so these instructions will serve for both.

Open Parallels and click on "File"> "New". Then click "Install Windows or another operating system from a DVD or an image file. " List your drive or USB memory in Windows 10. Then, drag it to Parallels. If you're doing it through the USB Memory have to click the .iso file. The .exe file can only be used to update a previously installed copy of Windows.

Click "Continue", enter the product key for Windows 10 , it leaves selected for 'Quick Install' and click again on "Continue". Now, you can tell Parallels do you want your virtual machine using Windows 10, click on the option "Productivity" and put things like. "To play", "Design" or "Development of software ". Again, press continue.

Here, you can select which other existing user accounts in Mac have access to Windows 10 , as where the virtual machine will remain on your hard drive. Click "Continue" again, and then begin the installation process.

When you start Windows 10 was first installed Parallels Tools in order to help you use Windows and OS X does not give problems. Once installed, you can even drag and drop files between the two operating systems. Restart Windows when you are prompted let it restart and that's it.

One more thing…

According to a leak on the website of Parallels Australia, published by 9to5Mac also it is possible to use Cortana through Parallels, even when you minimize the window and an application we are using OS X. While Parallels is open and your Windows virtual machine 10 running, the personal assistant - like Siri - respond when you say, "Hey Cortana."

This leak also claims that Parallels 11 , available soon, will be 50% faster than its predecessor, will make the battery life is longer and you are ready to work with Windows 10 and OS X El Capitan , available in the autumn.


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