How to BootCamp a MacBook
If you plan to or are using an Apple MacBook, you MUST read and agree to the "Apple MacBook" Section below.
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Important information for Apple MacBook Owners
Please read the information in this section carefully.
Most Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology programs have been designed to work only on Windows Operating Systems. Many programs that may be required for your course are not compatible with Apple MacBooks or OSX.
If you are attending a program that requires a Windows-based laptop (i.e: one that requires Windows 7 or 8/8.1/10), or that requires Windows-only software, and wish to use your MacBook, you must ensure that your MacBook is running Windows first.
Apple has introduced a process known as "BootCamp", which allows all recent (Intel-based) MacBooks to run Windows. Please be aware, however, that MacBooks were not designed for windows and may be susceptible to, but not limited to:
Please be aware, that the IT Service Desk may not be able to resolve all issues with regards to the BootCamp process, Windows on MacBooks, application problems, or other issues you may have with running or installing Windows and/or Programs on Apple MacBooks.
The IT Service Desk HIGHLY recommends that students consult with the program contact/advisor.
It is advisable that you consult with your program contact/advisor to inquire about the most suitable device for use in your course.
The use of a Apple MacBook for a course which is not designed for the OSX platform constitutes your acceptance of this policy.
Please proceed to BootCamp your MacBook only if you agree to the above
If you need assistance with your BootCamp installation, please see the following information:
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The BootCamp process
The Section below is comprised of material that you may find useful if you plan to BootCamp your MacBook for use with the Microsoft Windows Operating
System. Please be aware that, by following these steps, Fanshawe College takes, in no part, any responsibility with damage that, in rare cases, can lead to
system data loss (pictures, movies, etc), system instability, or any other side effect of the BootCamp process. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have
a complete system backup of all your files and programs in the case that data loss does occur. By following the steps in this guide, you agree to be
bound by the conditions outlined in this clause.
I installed Windows, but need help!
Unfortunately we can only provide limited support to BootCamp or Windows on MacBooks, we recommend that you contact Apple's support, or view the support information below.
Get BootCamp or Windows support
Requirements for BootCamp
As a general note, Intel-based MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and MacBook support Windows.
Recent MacBooks, those released after 2014 no longer support Windows 7. You must install a minimum of Windows 8 or 8.1/10.
The requirements for each Windows Operating system is different, however we recommended that your MacBook have:
In addition to the above the IT Service desk requires that:
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Start the BootCamp Process
NOTE: Ensure that you have a copy of the 64-bit Windows Installation Media downloaded on your MacBook's storage drive. Also ensure that your
computer meets the requirements above, is connected to the Internet, and has sufficient power to complete the process. We strongly recommend that
you use an AC adapter while starting the BootCamp install.
Launch BootCamp from the System Tools
On the BootCamp Assistant tool, you will see three checkboxes, ensure that they are all checked, after, click continue.
Select the ISO/IMG of Windows
In this step, simply select the location of the ISO or IMG (disk image) of the Downloaded Windows. In most cases this is already set for you.
After the ISO/Image is set, click continue.
Partition the Disk
After the above step, you will be asked to partition the disk according to your needs. Simply drag the "Windows" separator until you achieve the desired
disk space that your Windows installation will use.
This process will take anywhere between 30 minutes and 1 hour, depending on the speed of your internet
connection, the type of USB Drive you have (USB 2 or 3), and the computer. Do not power off the computer or unplug it from the network.
If this process is terminated, you will be forced to start over!
Please be aware that there is no way to change the size after you have partitioned it. Please plan ahead.
if an incorrect size is selected, you will have to start the process over from the beginning.
Please be mindful of the amount of space you dedicate to your Windows partition. You must take into consideration future uses of Windows Applications
For example, plan ahead, you may need more space to store files, or install Windows Specific software. We recommend at least 120GB, space
permitting. Failure to dedicate sufficient space will result in having to redo the installation from scratch, and thus losing all data that is stored on your
Before you click continue, ensure that you have access to your Windows serial number! Failure to do so may cause you to start the process
over from the beginning!
When you have selected the appropriate space amount, click Continue. The MacBook will partition the drive and reboot into the Windows Installation.
Do not, at any time, unplug your USB drive, if you do, the operation may fail, and you will have to start over!
After the MacBook rebooted, it should start into the Windows installation wizard. The wizard will guide you through the steps required to install Microsoft
Windows onto your newly created Windows partition.
Keep clicking "Next" or "Continue" until you get to the serial number. Please enter the serial number that you received from the download site.
When you get to the page that states
"Where do you want to install Windows" - select the "BOOTCAMP" partition:
Ensure you have selected the CORRECT DRIVE (BOOTCAMP)! if you select the wrong one, you may delete all your data!
After you selected the "BOOTCAMP" drive, select the "Delete" Option from the options below the list (It's a red X)
Once you have clicked the "Delete" confirm that you want to complete this action. The BOOTCAMP partition will be deleted and will be renamed to
"Unallocated Space", select the "Unallocated Space" partition and click "Next"
Windows will install and automatically reboot. Ensure that you keep the USB drive plugged in during the entire process. When Windows is installed,
it will automatically start the BootCamp driver installation. This is required to make sure everything works okay! Wait for everything to complete
before using Windows.