How to Install Windows 10 on Your Mac Using Boot Camp Assistant

Following the launch of Windows 10, Apple updated Boot Camp to support the latest Windows operating system on select Mac computers from 2012 and newer. If you’ve always wanted to try Windows on your Mac and think that now is the time to finally take the plunge, we can help you get through the basics with our how-to guide for installing Windows 10 on your Mac using Apple’s Boot Camp Assistant.

This guide assumes you are installing Windows on your computer for the first time.

What You Need

You will, of course, need Windows 10, which can be purchased from Microsoft for $119. Older Mac computers support older versions of Windows, but won’t work with Windows 10.

Make sure to check the system requirements for the version of Windows you want to install to ensure your Mac meets or exceeds them. You can find out the system specs for your Mac using System Information, accessible by typing „System Information“ into a Spotlight search or using the Apple menu to go to About This Mac –> System Report.

To install Windows 10 (or Windows 7 or 8 for that matter) you will need at least 30 GB of free space on your startup drive and you’ll need a keyboard and a mouse or trackpad to use with your computer.

If you’re running OS X El Capitan and have an 11- or 13-inch MacBook Air, a 13- or 15-inch MacBook Pro or the Mac Pro, there’s no need for a USB drive. If you’re running a different version of OS X or have an older Mac, you’ll need a 16 GB flash drive that doesn’t have anything you don’t want erased on it (Boot Camp Assistant automatically reformats the flash drive).

Creating a Disk Image File

On supported Macs running OS X El Capitan, Boot Camp comes with a modified interface that places the ISO image selector and partitioning on a single screen, allowing a user to easily select an ISO image and partition their hard drive before installing Windows. Once Boot Camp Assistant completes its tasks, the computer restarts with the normal Windows installation processes.

However, if you are not running El Capitan on a supported Mac, or are still running OS X Yosemite, Boot Camp Assistant requires a disk image file of Windows (not on DVD or a flash drive). The easiest method is to purchase the Windows ISO instead of the DVD version. However, if you don’t have a disk image file, create one by following the steps below.

  1. Insert the DVD or USB flash drive into your Mac.
  2. After the media appears in Finder, open Disk Utility and select the install file in the pop up window.
  3. Click the New Image icon at the top of the window.
  4. When the dropdown window appears, select DVD/CD master under Image Format and choose „none“ from the Encryption option.
  5. Name the file and click Save. Wait for the program to create an image file.
  6. When the image file has been created, safely eject your DVD or USB flash drive.
  7. Find the newly created disk image file and select it. Then press Enter or Return on your keyboard to rename the file extension from .cdr to .iso. Select „Use .iso“ to verify the change.

Set Up a Windows Partition

Before you install Windows on your Mac, you will need to create and format a partition. Use Boot Camp Assistant to create the partition and Windows installer to format it.

  1. Open Boot Camp Assistant to have the program automatically create the partition for you. It can be found in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder. Or, search for Boot Camp Assistant in Spotlight. Remember that the partition must have at least 30 GB of space.
  2. Format the partition using Windows. After Boot Camp Assistant creates the partition on your Mac, when you are asked where you want to install Windows, select BOOTCAMP. Then, click Format. Windows will automatically format the partition.

Install and Restart

The final step is to install Windows on your computer following the on-screen prompts. Then, restart your computer. You can switch between OS X and Windows using the Startup Manager. While your computer is restarting, immediately press and hold the Option key. After a few seconds, you should be able to choose which operating system you wish to use (either Macintosh HD or Boot Camp).

If you are in Windows and want to switch back to OS X, use the Boot Camp system tray. Click the Boot Camp icon in the system tray and then select „Restart in OS X“ from the dropdown menu.

Uninstall Windows 10

If you change your mind, or realize that the 30 GB of space can be better utilized for some other purpose, you can uninstall Windows 10 and restore your disk to a single partition.

  1. Start your Mac in OS X. Quit all apps and log out any other users.
  2. Open Boot Camp Assistant and click Continue
  3. Select „Remove Windows 7 or later version“ and click Continue.
  4. Click restore.

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Apple Releases Documentation to Help Publishers Prepare for Apple News Format

Apple has released an Apple News Format Reference in the iOS Developer Library that provides developers with technical details on how to prepare for the upcoming release of Apple News Format, which allows news publishers to create customized layouts with iOS fonts, rich photo galleries, videos and animations optimized for iPhone and iPad.

Apple News Format will allow for all news publishers to have customized layouts with rich graphics and other content, rather than basic articles being pulled straight from an RSS feed, as initial selected partners have had since iOS 9 was released. Apple has shared a direct download of example articles as a guideline.

Apple has also released an Apple News API Reference that explains how publishers can use the Apple News API to integrate Apple News with their existing content management system to access a rich suite of tools for measuring user engagement with published content. Apple also updated its News Publishing Guide with new Delivering Content and Managing Content sections.

Apple News Format is still listed as „coming soon“ on Apple’s website.

(Thanks, Eric!)

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Pay what you want for top-to-bottom mastery of the Microsoft Office suite [Deals]

Microsoft Office is still the champ of content creation in workplaces the world over, so it’s well worth getting acquainted with. These 12 courses cover the works: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access, for beginners and advanced users alike. It’s hours of content and invaluable insight that right now you can get it for whatever […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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Inside iOS 9: Apple News Delivers the Latest Stories to Your Device

Apple News is an all-new app on iOS 9 that aggregates stories from several sources into one mobile-friendly format for reading on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The app is very similar to existing news apps such as Flipboard and Zine, displaying a list of news articles and personalized stories based on publications that interest you.

International readers should note that Apple News is currently available in the U.S. only.

Apple allows publishers of all sizes to sign up to be included on Apple News using News Publisher, ranging from traditional publications such as The New York Times, CNN, ESPN, The Atlantic, The Daily Mail and Slate to independent blogs such as MacRumors, TouchArcade and Daring Fireball.

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During setup, you can choose news publications and topics that interest you, including business, technology, fashion, sports and more. You can also choose to have news stories emailed straight to your inbox.

News stories are displayed in a scrollable grid and have interactive layouts accompanied by photo galleries, videos and animations, and content can be shared for offline reading. Apple News Format is also coming soon, which integrates with a publisher’s existing content management system and provides access to a rich suite of tools to measure user engagement with published content.

Apple News is split into five sections:
For You: A continuously updated feed of personalized stories based on your likes and interests
Favorites: The latest news from your favorite publications, magazines and blogs
Explore: Recommended topics and channels that you are not following yet
Search: Enter keywords to discover and add specific topics and channels
Saved: Save articles into a list that supports offline reading and syncs to your other iOS devices through iCloudBe sure to add MacRumors to Apple News for the latest news and rumors delivered right to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.



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Among music players, the Tefifon never found its groove

The history of music is full of stories of inventors – from Edison to Apple – trying to improve the listening experience. Even formats and devices that became obsolete, such as 8-track tapes or iPods, have a lasting place in…Read more ›

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Apple Releases Final Cut Pro 10.1.4 and Xcode 6.1.1 [Mac Blog]

Apple today released a minor update to Final Cut Pro, bringing native support for Material eXchange Format (MXF) container files and several other enhancements and bug fixes.

What’s New in Version 10.1.4
– Native MXF import, edit, and export with Pro Video Formats 2.0 software update
– Option to export AVC-Intra MXF files
– Support for import and editing with Panasonic AVC-LongG media
– Fixes issues with automatic library backups
– Fixes a problem where clips with certain frame rates from Canon and Sanyo cameras would not import properly
– Resolves issues that could interrupt long imports when App Nap is enabled
– Stabilization and Rolling Shutter reduction works correctly with 240fps video

Version 10.1.4 is a free update to Final Cut Pro, which is available in the Mac App Store for $299.99. [Direct Link]

Apple has also released Xcode 6.1.1 today, delivering several bug fixes for Apple’s OS X and iOS app tools for developers.

What’s New in Version 6.1.1

– Fixes common causes of SourceKit crashes when working with Swift
– Additional bug fixes and stability improvements

Xcode is a free download from the Mac App Store. [Direct Link]




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iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images [iOS Blog]

With the release of iOS 8, Safari has gained the ability to display Animated PNGs (APNGs). Originally proposed in 2004 as a replacement to animated GIF images, APNGs offers more color and transparency support over GIFs.

The Animated Portable Network Graphics (APNG) file format is a non-standard extension to the Portable Network Graphics (PNG) specification. It allows for animated PNG files that work similarly to animated GIF files, while supporting 24-bit images and 8-bit transparency not available for GIFs. It also retains backward compatibility with non-animated PNG files.

The APNG specification, however, was rejected by the PNG group in 2007, so support for the format has been rather limited. In fact, the format has been declared dead due to the lack of official adoption. Firefox was the only major browser that provided standard support for APNG, until iOS 8.

The beach ball image in this article is animated when viewed in iOS 8 or Firefox.

Thanks Parasprite




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