Run Windows on a Mac Setting up Boot Camp

In this guide, we’ll show you how to install Windows on your Macintosh computer. 

You’ll need an Intel-based Mac running OS X 10.5 (Leopard) with at least 10GB of free hard disk space. Boot Camp doesn’t work on pre-Intel Macs.

You’ll also need your OS X install disc, as well as a fresh copy of Windows XP or Vista (ie not a copy you already have installed on another PC) – keep both the original disc and the Product Key number (usually on the CD sleeve or in the accompanying documentation) handy.

Locate Boot camp

Go to Finder > Applications > Utilities > Boot Camp Assistant

If you don’t see the Boot Camp Assistant put your OSX disc into the drive, go to Finder > Go > Go To Folder.

Type /Volumes/Mac OS X Install Disc 1/System/Installation/Packages and double-click BootCamp.pkg

You may need to go to Finder > Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility, highlight your hard drive and click the Enable Journaling button. 

Partition your drive

You’ll need to partition your hard drive so that the two operating systems can function independently. 

Double-click on the Boot Camp Assistant to launch the setup wizard. 

Click Continue

On the Create a Partition for Windows screen, select the amount of hard disk space you would like to use for your Windows installation (we’ve allocated 32GB). 

Click Partition

Start Windows installation

Once the partitioning is complete, you will see a new hard disk icon on your desktop, called Boot Camp. 

Insert your Windows install disc into your Mac’s DVD drive.

Back in the Boot Camp wizard, click the Start Installation button. 

Your Mac will restart and automatically begin the Windows installation procedure. You can install either Windows XP or Vista. We’re using Vista

Enter Vista information

Select English under Language and choose English (United Kingdom) under Time and Currency Format – the keyboard option will change to the UK. 

Click Next > Install Now.

Type in the Product Key number > Next

If you’re just testing out Boot Camp, you can leave the Product Key box blank and use Vista for 30 days before activating or deleting it. 

Read and accept the licensing agreement. 

Select a Windows version

If you left the Product Key box empty in the previous screen, the next step of the Vista wizard will ask you which version you are installing. 

It’s very important that you choose the version that corresponds to the copy you purchased.

Put a tick in the box at the bottom of the screen and click Next. Note that if you’re installing Windows XP, there is no equivalent for this step.