If you are using one of the Macs listed below, you should download Boot Camp Support Software 5.1.5621 instead:
- MacBook Air (11-inch & 13-inch, Mid 2011)
- MacBook Air (11-inch & 13-inch, Mid 2012)
- MacBook Pro (15-inch & 17-inch, Mid 2010)
- MacBook Pro (13-inch, & 15-inch, Early 2011)
- MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011)
- MacBook Pro (13-inch,15-inch & 17-inch Late 2011)
- MacBook Pro (13-inch & 15-inch, Mid 2012)
- MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012)
- MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012)
- MacBook Pro (Retina, Early 2013)
- MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2013)
- Mac Pro (Early 2009)
- Mac Pro (Mid 2010)
- Mac Pro (Mid 2012)
- Mac Pro (Late 2013
- Mac mini (Mid 2011)
- Mac mini (Late 2012)
- iMac (27-inch, Quad Core, Late 2009)
- iMac (21.5-inch & 27-inch, Mid 2010)
- iMac (21.5-inch & 27-inch, Mid 2011)
- iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2011)
- iMac (21.5-inch & 27-inch, Late 2012)
Boot Camp is a Mac OS X utility that lets you run Windows on your Mac without relying on virtual machines or crippled emulators. Boot Camp supports Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 (with OS X 10.6 or later). Boot Camp creates a Windows partition on your hard drive, along with the Mac OS partition. This means that none of your Mac content is touched at all, and Boot Camp has no effect on the operation of Mac OS.
The process of running Boot Camp to install a Windows partition includes running a preparation utility on Mac OS (after backing everything up of course), creating the partition and installing Windows, and then selecting which OS to boot into every time the machine boots up. To select an OS during startup you simply hold down the Option key and select the startup disk you want. Boot Camp gives you full access to all the power your MacBook or iMac have to offer, including all RAM, multiple processors and cores, 3D graphics, and all the ports.
Using your powerful Mac for both Mac OS and Windows used to require virtual devices, and while VMs have some advantages (allowing you to run both operating systems at the same time), for many users just being able to boot into either is all they want. Since Boot Camp is free, easy to install and use, and is supported by Apple, this is a winner of an app.
Boot Camp enables you to install Windows on your Intel-based Mac computer, using a
Microsoft Windows install disc that you provide. Windows is installed on its own
partition. After installation, you can use either Windows or Mac OS X on your Mac
- The download file is a .zip file. Double click it to uncompress it.
- Double-click the Boot Camp disk image.
- Copy the entire contents of the .zip file to the root level of a USB flash drive or hard drive that is formatted with the FAT file system For detailed information about this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5628
- When running Windows, locate the Boot Camp folder on the USB media you created in Step 3 and double click to open it.
- Double click on setup to start installing the Boot Camp Support Software.
- When prompted to allow changes, click on Yes and follow the onscreen instructions.
- Installation can take a few minutes. Don't interrupt the installation process. When installation is complete, click Finish in the dialog that appears.
- A system restart dialog box appears. Click Yes to complete the installation.