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Setting up a Windows install with Boot Camp

From: Mac OS X Mountain Lion Essential Training

Video: Setting up a Windows install with Boot Camp

By now, you're surely aware that your Macintosh runs Mac OS X, which is its operating system. However, you can also run Windows on your Mac if you care to, and you can run it natively in its own partition. I'm going to show you how to do that now. So we'll go to the Go Menu, and I'll select Utilities, and I will launch Boot Camp Assistant. Boot Camp Assistant will create a separate partition for Windows and then it will walk through the installation process on Windows.

Setting up a Windows install with Boot Camp

By now, you're surely aware that your Macintosh runs Mac OS X, which is its operating system. However, you can also run Windows on your Mac if you care to, and you can run it natively in its own partition. I'm going to show you how to do that now. So we'll go to the Go Menu, and I'll select Utilities, and I will launch Boot Camp Assistant. Boot Camp Assistant will create a separate partition for Windows and then it will walk through the installation process on Windows.

Now, if you've ever set up a PC before and installed Windows on it, you're actually going to find this easier to do than it is on a Windows machine because Boot Camp takes care of answering all the questions that Windows prompts you with. In this case, all we have to do is click on Continue. Now, we have two options here, either we can download the Windows Support Software for this Mac, or if you've already downloaded those files, you just have to click that option and proceed. We need to download the Windows Support files so we will click Continue.

And the Mac goes off to the internet, looking for those files, and then it will download them. You may be wondering exactly what this Windows Support Software is. It's the stuff that allows your Apple hardware to work with Windows. So for example, support for your mouse and your keyboard and your trackpad. At this point, you would see a couple of options. One is to burn a copy to a CD or DVD, or you can save a copy of this Windows Support Software to an external drive. If your Mac doesn't have a CD burner, you can just choose that second option.

Either way you decide to go, make sure that you keep a copy of the software because you're going to need it after you install Windows. We're going to go back so you can see what happens in this process. We'll say we have already downloaded the Windows Support Software, because indeed, we have, and I'll click Continue. Now as I said, Windows needs its own partition and this is where you tell the Mac how much space to give Windows. You could just Divide Equally. I think that's a little generous. You can take this dot here and drag it, to determine the size of the partition.

In our case, I'm going to give it 30 gigabytes, and then all I have to do is click Partition. This will create a separate volume for Windows. Now, don't worry that you're going to be deleting anything. What's actually happening here is OS X is actually doing a little housekeeping. What it's doing is taking the files that are on the part of the hard drive that will become the Windows partition and it's moving them to the part of the hard drive that will be the Mac OS X partition. Once it completes the partition, you'll see that you now have a Boot Camp volume as well as your Mac volume.

Now it will prompt you to do the installation. As the window suggests, insert your Windows disk and once you've done that, then you click Start Installation. When you start the installation, it will restart your computer and then it will install Windows from that Windows disk. Once your computer restarts, you will see a window showing that Windows is installing software. At this point, you're simply going through a Windows installation. So, enter information as requested, click the proper buttons, and eventually, Windows will be installed on your Mac in that separate partition.

Once Windows is installed, you have a couple of ways of getting into it. One is through the Startup Disk System Preference. You will find that your Windows partition is there, you can select that, Restart, and you'll boot into Windows. Don't worry, when you get into Windows, there is going to be a special control panel that you can use then to boot back into your Mac. Another option is you can restart your Mac and hold down the Option key, at which point you can choose to boot into your Windows partition. And that's Boot Camp Assistant.

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Mac OS X Mountain Lion Essential Training

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  1. 1m 4s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
  2. 6m 56s
    1. Installing Mountain Lion
      6m 56s
  3. 47m 16s
    1. Personalizing the interface
      4m 11s
    2. Touring the Finder
      3m 29s
    3. Staying current with Software Update
      2m 52s
    4. Configuring Gatekeeper settings
      3m 17s
    5. Getting on the Internet
      5m 36s
    6. Setting up iCloud
      4m 55s
    7. Understanding AutoSave and documents in the cloud
      4m 42s
    8. Configuring Mail, Contacts, and Calendar
      4m 33s
    9. Configuring your printer
      3m 39s
    10. Protecting your data with Time Machine
      4m 28s
    11. Learn your way around the Mac App Store
      5m 34s
  4. 11m 17s
    1. Finding files with Spotlight
      6m 6s
    2. Digging deeper with Finder searches
      5m 11s
  5. 23m 35s
    1. Configuring basic personal preferences
      11m 15s
    2. Adjusting Input Device preferences
      9m 38s
    3. Examining the basic system preferences
      2m 42s
  6. 1h 13m
    1. Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
      5m 49s
    2. Modifying Language & Text settings
      4m 5s
    3. Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
      6m 18s
    4. Getting notifications
      4m 38s
    5. Configuring displays and AirPlay
      2m 20s
    6. Using Energy Saver
      6m 1s
    7. Setting up Bluetooth wireless devices
      3m 39s
    8. Sharing files on a network
      6m 1s
    9. Configuring sharing
      6m 28s
    10. Editing your users and groups
      6m 48s
    11. Setting rules with Parental Controls
      7m 4s
    12. Taking notes with Dictation & Speech
      6m 0s
    13. Exploring the Accessibility settings
      5m 54s
    14. Listening with Sound
      2m 53s
  7. 36m 2s
    1. Organizing your business with Mail
      12m 42s
    2. Scheduling time with Calendar
      8m 32s
    3. Keeping tabs with Contacts
      5m 30s
    4. Tracking your tasks with Reminders
      3m 39s
    5. Staying in touch using Messages
      5m 39s
  8. 37m 18s
    1. Tracking your documents in TextEdit
      7m 3s
    2. Looking up words in Dictionary
      1m 56s
    3. Keeping notes with Notes
      3m 48s
    4. Working with images in Preview
      6m 14s
    5. Working with PDFs in Preview
      4m 27s
    6. Installing fonts with Font Book
      4m 42s
    7. Posting a note in Stickies
      1m 55s
    8. Adding things up with Calculator
      4m 46s
    9. Organizing apps with Launchpad
      2m 27s
  9. 34m 5s
    1. Navigating the web
      3m 38s
    2. Working with bookmarks
      4m 49s
    3. Using Reading List
      2m 4s
    4. Saving web pages and creating web clips
      1m 44s
    5. Viewing and saving PDFs
      3m 24s
    6. Using Safari to search the web
      2m 20s
    7. Opening local files in Safari
      1m 59s
    8. Working with preferences in Safari
      11m 1s
    9. Managing your Internet footprint
      3m 6s
  10. 8m 48s
    1. Playing media in QuickTime
      4m 15s
    2. Recording videos with QuickTime
      4m 33s
  11. 10m 13s
    1. Video conferencing with FaceTime
      3m 38s
    2. Taking pictures in Photo Booth
      3m 47s
    3. The great utility of Image Capture
      2m 48s
  12. 12m 40s
    1. Writing a simple Automator workflow
      4m 15s
    2. Creating an Automator application
      2m 20s
    3. Setting up an Automator calendar workflow
      2m 31s
    4. Creating an Automator service
      3m 34s
  13. 22m 1s
    1. Managing processes in Activity Monitor
      5m 13s
    2. Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
      8m 58s
    3. Taking care of your passwords
      4m 1s
    4. Setting up a Windows install with Boot Camp
      3m 49s
  14. 14m 57s
    1. Creating a boot drive
      3m 19s
    2. Understanding and configuring permissions
      4m 5s
    3. Exploring troubleshooting techniques
      7m 33s
  15. 19m 35s
    1. Getting your game on
      4m 1s
    2. Integrating with Facebook and Twitter
      2m 38s
    3. Advanced tips and tricks
      9m 35s
    4. Sharing files with AirDrop
      3m 21s
  16. 30s
    1. Goodbye
      30s

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