Is it worth running Windows on Mac?

macOS Install Windows on the Mac - here's how


Installing Windows on the Mac is no longer a problem since the Intel switch in 2006: Every Mac is automatically a Windows PC with the necessary hardware. Since both PCs and Macs run on Intel's 64-bit processor basis, they are largely identical. This means that Windows can be operated in two versions: using the Boot Camp software supplied with the Mac as a second operating system alongside macOS, and within macOS as a so-called virtual machine.

Boot Camp or Virtual Machine?

However, if you want to use Windows on the Mac, you should first consider which of the two variants you want to use:

Basically: For Windows on the Mac, the variant with the virtual machine within a virtualization tool such as VirtualBox is preferable. After installing the software, Windows only needs to be set up within VirtualBox. The "Windows in the window" can then be used directly in macOS.

The Apple tool Boot camp however, it works differently: It divides the Mac hard drive into a Mac and a Windows partition. Windows is then installed in this. Windows and macOS are then two systems on one computer. To switch from macOS to Windows, the Mac must be restarted. And vice versa. For this, Windows is installed directly on the Mac, so it does not have to share the performance with macOS, which is important for games, for example.

Install Windows as a virtual machine: Here's how it works

Install Windows via Boot Camp: Here's how it works

If you need the full hardware power of the Mac under Windows, you have to set up Windows 10 as a boot camp partition on the Mac. It is done in a few simple steps, all you need is one USB stick with at least 8 gigabytes of memory.

Danger: Boot Camp is only suitable for users who are familiar with Windows installations!

Note: It seems that Boot Camp is not currently working reliably with the AFPS file system.