Install Windows in Mac using Boot Camp utility with Troubleshooting guide

Step by Step guide on how to install Windows in Macbook

I am pretty sure those of you who have newly switched to Mac OS would have felt that it would be so much better if you could have both Windows & Mac OS in the same machine. Well, Apple also felt the same, that’s why they came up with a utility which lets the Mac users install Windows in their machines as an alternative OS. The utility is called Boot Camp Assistant. So, today I am going to tell you the steps to install Windows in Macbook by using the Boot Camp Assistant. Here we go:

Step 1: Download Windows image

Download the Windows image file (.iso) to your local drive from the official website of Microsoft. If you don’t know what an iso file is, just do a search for “Windows 10 iso download”, you’ll be directed to Windows official website, from there you can download the file.

Step 2: Start Boot Camp

Go to Applications -> Utility folder and Launch the Boot Camp Assistant.

Click on Continue and give the location of the downloaded iso file in the next prompt.

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Step 3: Make Partitions

Divide the partition and allocate the hard disk space as per your requirement (I used 50:50 for both Operating systems).

Click on the Install button after allocating the size. The Boot Camp Assistant will start downloading Windows support software for your Mac. This process will take some time depending upon your network speed.

Step 4: Install Windows

Once the download is complete, the system will reboot and Windows installation will begin. Windows installation will take around 10-15 min after that the system will reboot again.

After rebooting, Windows will ask you to enter basic details like PC Name, Express/Custom settings, and few other things, just go through them and finally your desktop will load as shown below.

(Unlike my desktop, your Recycle bin will be empty and Taskbar will have Internet Explorer and Windows Store shortcuts pinned by default)

Step 5: Post-Installation

Now, check all basic devices and settings, if they are working, then you’re done. Else, you’re welcome to check out the troubleshooting section below.

Generally, Windows will become your default OS when you boot up, so if you want to switch to Mac, follow step 6.

Step 6: Switching OS

If you want to change the OS to Mac OS, follow these steps.

  • Hold the Option key at the boot time. You’ll see the list of Operating Systems installed on your machine as shown below:

  • Select Macintosh HD or Windows and press Enter/Return key to boot up the OS (Trackpad may not work at this point).

Troubleshooting Windows installation in Mac:

After installing Windows, you may face any of the below-mentioned issues:

  • The trackpad isn’t working.
  • Wifi/WLAN option is missing, even WLAN adapter is not present in Wireless Settings.
  • Can’t adjust Screen Brightness.
  • Missing Screen Resolutions.
  • Any other device is not working.

The reason for these issues is Missing drivers for devices. Generally, Windows comes with few inbuilt drivers but not in the case of Mac.

So, In our case, we have to manually install drivers to resolve any of the above-mentioned issues.

Here also, Apple comes to our rescue, before installing Windows, the Boot Camp application will create a partition named OSXRESERVED (you can find this drive in explorer in Windows) and keep all the necessary driver executable’s in that partition.

  • For fixing an issue such as Wifi, go to this drive – OSXRESERVED
  • Open BootCamp folder and navigate to Drivers folder to find various folders as shown below:

  • Navigate to Broadcom folder and double click on BroadcomWirelessWin8x64 for Windows 8 and above.
  • Proceed with installation and you’re done. No need to reboot.
  • The Wifi Settings will appear in Network Settings.
  • You can follow the same steps to fix any other such issues as Screen brightness, go ahead and install VGA driver from this folder.

For fixing Trackpad/Touchpad issues, just installing the driver is not enough:

  • We need to install the Bootcamp utility (if not already installed).
  • Go to OSXRESERVED partition, enter into Bootcamp folder and run setup.exe
  • This will install Bootcamp utility in your Windows OS. (Note: After this step, your OSXRESERVED drive may disappear)
  • Now go to Hidden icons in Taskbar and launch Bootcamp Control Panel

  • Right click on the icon to launch the Bootcamp control panel as shown below

  • Now, go to the Trackpad tab and check the options as shown below:

  • Click on Apply, then OK.
  • And we’re done!!!

We can install Windows without using Boot Camp Assistant also. We can Install Windows directly by booting up using a Windows bootable media like USB/DVD/External HDD, but there are couple of challenges with that approach.

The installation will go through fine, but sometimes, like in my case, few of the really important devices were not at all working like WLAN, Screen Brightness, Audio settings etc…

When we use the Boot Camp Assistant to install windows, we get a separate drive (OSXRESERVED) where Drivers are present, but in the case of bootable media installation, there’s no such drive or folder and that’s why I would suggest, use the Boot Camp Assistant to install Windows in Macbook and keep our lives simple.


I hope this article would have helped you to install Windows in Mac. If you still faced any issues, please feel free to reach out to me in the comment section below and I surely will get back to you. See you in the next one.

About the Author: Sushil Kumar Yadav

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