How do I get Windows 10 on my Mac computer?

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Students often need use of applications that can only be run on Windows 10. If you own a Mac, you will need to use Bootcamp or a Virtual Machine to accomplish this. The article below will provide you with various links and information regarding your options. 


What are my options?


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Support for Parallels

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VMware Fusion

Support for Fusion




Support for VirtualBox



Windows 10 

How to create an ISO

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What is Bootcamp?

Bootcamp is a tool that Apple includes on any Mac device that allows the user to run a copy of Windows 10 on their device. After installing Windows and running the Bootcamp setup, you will be able to choose which Operating System (OS) you would like to run on startup. Running Bootcamp enables Windows 10 to make full use of your computer’s hardware, meaning you can expect it to run just as well as OSX would.  You will need to use some sort of file transfer to move files between systems, however.



What is a Virtual Machine?

A Virtual Machine (VM) is an application that runs in your Operating System which behaves like a separate computer. With a VM, the user can run both OSX and another OS of their choice (such as Windows 10) simultaneously. This enables the user to switch freely between them as they see necessary, but will put a larger strain on the computer’s hardware. You can expect both the base OS and the simulated OS to run more slowly than normal as a result.

What are my options for a VM?

Parallels and VMware provide more extensive customer support for their users, but do have a cost on their own. VirtualBox is free, but has less extensive support. You can find download and support links above.

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