Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Dual Booting: Use Boot Camp to Run Windows on Your Mac

Dual Booting: Use Boot Camp to Run Windows on Your Mac

This is for all you Mac-owners out there: do you ever wish you could use Windows on your computer, without giving up Mac OS X? If you've ever wanted to have both operating systems on one computer, there is a solution for you: dual booting. Boot Camp, which comes on Macs running OS 10.5 (Leopard), allows you to utilize dual booting to run either Windows or OS X on your computer. Switching back and forth is easy--just choose which operating system you want with a simple restart.

You don't have to be a computer whiz to use Boot Camp--as long as you have some basic knowledge and free time, it's simple to set up dual booting on your Mac. All it takes is a Mac with OS 10.5 or newer, a working printer, at least 10 GB of free space on your hard drive, and a copy of Windows. After clearing some space on your hard drive, the next step is to open Boot Camp, which will prompt you to print the handy user guide. Boot Camp will then help you partition your hard drive into separate Mac and Windows portions, depending on how much space you want for each operating system. Once you've made a decision, it's time to insert your Windows disk and start the installation. When it's finished and you're booted into Windows, the last step is to eject the disk, insert your Mac OS 10.5 installation disk, and follow the instructions. This will install the drivers for your Mac devices so that Windows will recognize them. When you're done, you will be able to select which operating system you want--Mac or Windows--each time you restart your computer! For more detailed step-by-step instructions on using Boot Camp, check out this LifeHacker post

So, are there any downsides to dual booting? Possibly, depending on what your particular needs are. With dual booting, you can only use one operating system at a time, and if you want to switch, you have to restart your computer. However, dual booting is excellent if you will be spending long stints in one operating system--maybe playing games, using a particular software for school, or editing video. Because you're only running one operating system at a time, your computer won't be slowed down in any way, which is important for games and software that use more power. 

If you've always wanted the benefits of Windows on your Mac, be sure to give dual booting a try!