How to Dual Boot Mac OS X El Capitan with Windows 10?

Have you ever used two operating systems with one machine yet? Or have you ever dual booted two operating systems besides each other? Don’t worry about it WIKIGAIN will help you to do this task. First, I want to clear it for you that what is the dual boot or triple boot then we will go through this ” Dual boot Mac OS X El Capitan with Windows 10 “.

What is Dual Boot?

Dual-booting is the act of installing multiple operating systems on a computer and being able to choose which one to boot. The term dual-booting refers to the common configuration of specifically two operating systems. Actually, it means when we install two operating systems on one Machine. Sometimes it’s called Multi-booting as well. Now that you have understood what is dual boot so let’s start dual boot Mac OS X El Capitan with Windows 10.

Dual Boot Mac OS X El Capitan with Windows 10

First what you are going to is to turn on your Mac computer then search for Disk Utility. If you don’t know, just press the Command+Space from your keyboard then start typing Disk Utility. Now you have to create a new partition for Windows 10 operating system. When the Disk Utility opened up then select Mac Hard Drive.

Create New Partition

Create a New Partition

Tap on Partition tab where is located on the top of Disk Utility window. You have to manage the following options.

  1. Partition Name
  2. Format
  3. Size

Partition

Make sure you type a proper name for the Mac Hard Drive. Here I have let it by default. If you want to change you can do it. For Windows, I named it ” Windows 10 “.

Create New Partition for Windows 10

Create New Partition for Windows 10

Format

For this demonstration, we have to choose ” OS X Extended Journaled “. This setting is for Mac Hard Drive. For Windows, you have to select the format ” MS-DOS Fat “.

Size 

For the Mac Operating System, we have chosen 330 GB and for Windows, 168 GB. It depends on you that how much space you want for each operating system.

Create Partition for Mac OS X El Capitan

Create Partition for Mac OS X El Capitan

When the partition is completed, create a bootable Flash Drive for Windows. If you don’t know how to create a bootable Flash Drive, click here. Now copy the Windows 10 files inside USB Flash Drive. Restart your Mac then press the Alt-Option key from your keyboard.

When you booted, you will see the screenshot below.

Choose Windows

Choose Windows

Now choose Windows then hit enter. Your Mac will boot with Windows 10.

How to Install Windows 10 on Mac Computer?

To Dual Boot Mac OS X El Capitan with Windows 10 follow the below instructions.

Step #1. Choose the Language preferences with time, and Currency format then click Next to go forward.

Choosing Language

Choosing a Language

Step #2. Now click on Install Now.

Install Operating System

Install Operating System

Step #3. Read the License terms then Check the box I accept the license terms. Click on Next.

Terms & Condition

Terms & Condition

Step #4. Now Choose a type of installation that you want. I am going to install Windows 10 on a Mac computer, so I can’t choose upgrade because I haven’t installed an OS to upgrade it. When you select Upgrade, all the files, settings, and application are moved to the next Windows with this option. If you select the Custome, all the files, settings, and applications aren’t moved to the next Windows. All the Windows settings will be removed, and you have to do all the stuff by yourself. Now I want to click on Custom Installation.

Custom Installation

Custom Installation

Step #5. Partition your disk then choose the disk that wants to install Windows 10 on it and click on Next. If you the Next button did not work so just format the drive once then the Next will work. Just click Next to continue the process.

Select Drive

Select Drive

Step #6. This process is going to take some minutes, and your computer will restart during installation for several times. When all the features installed, take your USB Flash drive off from the computer.

Installing Windows Features

Installing Windows Features

Step #7. Your computer will restart for several times and don’t worry about it. After restarting your computer for several times, you will see the screenshot below. Here you will be asked to enter the Windows 10 product key. If you have purchased this operating system so just enter the product key. Otherwise, choose ” Do this later “.

Enter Windows 10 Product Key

Enter Windows 10 Product Key

Step #8. You will be prompted ” Get going fast ” window. Here you have two ways to do the work. The first way is custom Setting, and the second way is to express Setting. I prefer to use the Express Setting.

Get Going Fast Window

Get Going Fast Window

Step #9. In ” Create an account for this PC “, you have to enter your account info like the screenshot below. Finally, click the Next button on the bottom right-hand side.

Create an account for this PC

Create an account for this PC

Conclusion

If you want to know the installation of the Mac operating system, then just visit this article ” How to Perform A Clean Installation of Mac OS El Capitan? “. This was It was all about how dual boot Mac OS X El Capitan with Windows 10 Operating System. If you have got any question regarding this article, feel free to ask us right below this post. We will respond to it as soon as possible. Thanks for being with us.

Mukhtar Jafari is the CEO of wikigain.com and he is a blog writer on different technology platforms such as Android, iOS, PC and Macintosh. He would like to share his experiences with IT enthusiast via this blog. He loves IT stuff and currently studying CCNA, Linux and MCSA.

14 Comments

  1. Kyle Reply

    Hi. When you said in this article, “Now copy the Windows 10 files inside USB Flash Drive,”, do you paste it anyway? Or just press copy?

    1. Mukhtar Jafari Post author Reply

      Hi Dear Abbas Ali
      Yes you can create bootable USB Flash drive for Mac OS X on Windows
      Download and install TransMac for windows follow the same step on the link that you have shared. If you have any question and can’t do any step we will explain all for you.

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