The Boot Camp Assistant App in macOS Mojave - dummies

The Boot Camp Assistant App in macOS Mojave

By Bob LeVitus

Boot Camp is macOS Mojave’s built-in technology that allows you to run Microsoft Windows 10 and (on some Mac models) Windows 7 or 8 on Mojave–capable Macs. If your Mac meets the following requirements, you can run Windows on your Mac (if you so desire):

  • A Mojave–capable Mac (of course)
  • A hard drive that isn’t already partitioned
  • (Optional) A printer (for printing the instructions)

It’s optional ‘cause you could just email them to yourself … .

  • A full install copy of Microsoft Windows 7 or newer (Windows 8 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate edition or Windows 10)

You really do need a full retail copy of Windows: one that was purchased in a retail box. If your copy of Windows came with your PC, you probably can’t install it in Boot Camp.

To install Windows on your Mac, here are the basic steps:

  1. Launch the Boot Camp Assistant application, which is in your Utilities folder.
    This step creates a partition on your hard drive for your Windows installation.
  2. Install Windows on the new partition.
    From now on, you can hold down Option during startup and choose to start up from either the macOS Mojave disk partition or the new Windows partition.

If running Windows on your Mac appeals to you, you may want to check out Parallels Desktop (around $80) or VirtualBox (free). Both programs allow you to run Windows — even older versions like XP and Vista — as well as Linux on your Mac without partitioning your hard drive or restarting every time you want to use Windows. In fact, you can run Mac and Windows programs simultaneously with these products.

One last thing: Apple has a special Boot Camp support page on the web.