Boot Camp

What is Boot Camp?

Boot Camp is a utility that comes with your Mac and lets you switch between macOS and Windows. Boot Camp guides users through non-destructive re-partitioning (including resizing of an existing HFS+ partition, if necessary) of their hard disk drive and using an enternal USB flash drive to install Windows drivers. In addition to device drivers for the hardware, the provided drivers includes an applet for the Windows control panel for selecting the boot operating system.

Who will want Boot Camp, or to dual boot Mac & Windows?

Faculty, staff, and students who need to use the Microsoft Access application will often request to have Boot Camp setup, as Access is not available in the Mac version of Microsoft Office. Dual booting will be required for any other Windows only applications, such as Expression Web, Open Mind, SPSS, SAS, etc.

The most common requests come from students currently enrolled in CIS 211, or Management Information Systems.


Holding down the option (or Alt) key at startup brings up the boot manager, allowing the user to choose which operating system to boot. When using a non-Apple keyboard, the alt key usually performs the same action. The boot manager can also be launched by holding down the "menu" button on the Apple Remote at startup.

System Requirements

Apple's Boot Camp FAQ lists the following requirements:

  • An Intel-based Mac with the latest firmware
  • The lastest macOS updates for OS X v10.14 Mojave or higher
  • 64 GB or more free hard disk space
  • A full version of one of the following OSs:
    • Windows 10 Home 64-bit
    • Windows 10 Pro 64 bit

Boot Camp Setup

Boot Camp Setup - Mac/Windows Dual Boot
Official Apple Boot Camp Information


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