I've just been given a nearly new (used for a few weeks only) Mac by my uncle. How can I tell if it can already boot windows? He says he thinks it already can be he has no idea how. If it can't already boot Windows, how can I fix it so it can?

  • what kind of mac?
    – Sam Axe
    Jan 27, 2013 at 7:26
  • It's a MacbOok Pro
    – user193142
    Jan 27, 2013 at 7:50

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If it uses an x86 processor- (you can check this in 'about my mac', which all macs made anytime recently should, it should be able to run windows through boot camp - which is the apple way of doing a dualboot. They also officially support versions between XP to 7. The bootcamp page also has comprehensive information on how to do it.

I'm told its pretty simple, and should work without too many issues. Apple even provides windows drivers for the OS X filesystem and hardware.

  • Thanks. I would like to buy boot camp but I worry that maybe it's already been installed my the machine. Is there any way I can prove that it has not been?
    – user193142
    Jan 27, 2013 at 7:37
  • Also in the FAQ support.apple.com/kb/HT1461 - under requirements "Boot Camp Assistant, which is located in /Applications/Utilities/ . You can also open Launchpad and type Boot Camp Assistant in the search field." Just see if its there.
    – Journeyman Geek
    Jan 27, 2013 at 7:39
  • Thanks, that's brilliant advice. I've got a ton of things in Launchpad, but none of them is called Boot Camp. Does this make it reasonable for me to conclude I don't have it?
    – user193142
    Jan 27, 2013 at 7:43
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    I'd also check in that path to be sure. I'm not a mac user, but I was under the impression it was preinstalled, or very simple to install.
    – Journeyman Geek
    Jan 27, 2013 at 7:45
  • How can I check in that path?
    – user193142
    Jan 27, 2013 at 7:49

From the information you've given (like the fact that you have a MacBook Pro and launchpad), you can definitely install Windows via boot camp. Do note that you'll have to obtain a Windows license, which isn't cheap. If you're wondering if Windows is already installed on your mac, reboot your mac and hold down the option (alt) key; if you have dual-boot already set up you'll get more than one option int hat boot menu. Is that what you're asking?

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