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How is BootCamp used? Another user here told me it is good for using Windows on Mac, but I'm not quite sure how I am supposed to do that.

MacBook, iOS 11.2.6

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Installing Windows with Boot Camp


Below are several links to Apple support articles about installing Windows on your Mac using Boot Camp. Please read them carefully before embarking on your effort to run Windows on a Mac.


  1. Boot Camp - Apple Support
  2. Use Windows 10 on your Mac with Boot Camp - Apple Support
  3. Create an ISO image for Boot Camp from Windows installation media
  4. Use Windows 10 on your Mac with Boot Camp
  5. Boot Camp Help
  6. How to install Windows using Boot Camp - Apple Support


You cannot use Boot Camp on an SSD that is formatted APFS - and, you are running High Sierra.

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Mar 17, 2018 11:14 AM in response to ElźbietaB In response to ElźbietaB

Apple provides Boot Camp so that you can run Windows on a separate partition on your MacBook. It will still require that you have a licensed copy of Windows to install. The biggest drawback is that this will require dedicated hard drive space to be allocated to this partition. If your Mac doesn't have a lot to offer, you may want to use a VM instead to run Windows.


An alternative to Boot Camp, would be to use a Virtual Machine (VM) manager, like Parallels or VMware. This does not require that you create a partition and allows you to run various versions of operating systems, not just Windows, in separate VMs.

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Mar 17, 2018 11:15 AM in response to ElźbietaB In response to ElźbietaB

Installing Windows with Boot Camp


Below are several links to Apple support articles about installing Windows on your Mac using Boot Camp. Please read them carefully before embarking on your effort to run Windows on a Mac.


  1. Boot Camp - Apple Support
  2. Use Windows 10 on your Mac with Boot Camp - Apple Support
  3. Create an ISO image for Boot Camp from Windows installation media
  4. Use Windows 10 on your Mac with Boot Camp
  5. Boot Camp Help
  6. How to install Windows using Boot Camp - Apple Support


You cannot use Boot Camp on an SSD that is formatted APFS - and, you are running High Sierra.

Mar 17, 2018 11:15 AM

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Mar 17, 2018 11:45 AM in response to Kappy In response to Kappy

Are you sure that it can’t run on APFS drives? I was able to use Boot Camp to install Windows on my 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. However, I will agree that the startup disk selector for APFS drives is broken in Windows; you have to use Startup Manager in order to switch between operating systems.

Mar 17, 2018 11:45 AM

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Mar 17, 2018 11:50 AM in response to ElźbietaB In response to ElźbietaB

Although the drawbacks of using Boot Camp that Tesserax listed are true, two major advantages of using Boot Camp to install Windows onto your hard drive is that 1. Boot Camp will install custom drivers for your Mac in order to make the best Windows experience possible, and 2. Running Windows natively (installed by Boot Camp) means that Windows can handle much more intensive tasks and will run faster than it ever could in a VM.

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Mar 17, 2018 2:48 PM in response to Encryptor5000 In response to Encryptor5000

Encryptor5000 wrote:


Are you sure that it can’t run on APFS drives? I was able to use Boot Camp to install Windows on my 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

Bootcamp works on High Sierra with APFS, but is buggy in the partitioning phase.


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However, I will agree that the startup disk selector for APFS drives is broken in Windows; you have to use Startup Manager in order to switch between operating systems.

The iMac Pro has updated bootcamp.exe which understands the new APFS file system and allows automatic switching. However, this version is not available on other models.

Mar 17, 2018 2:48 PM

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