How to Dual Boot Windows 10 and Mac OS X El Capitan on PC?

How to Dual Boot Windows 10 and Mac OS X El Capitan

In this article, I am going to show you how to dual boot Windows 10 and Mac OS X El Capitan on PC. You might have used an Operating system like Windows by Microsoft, Mac OS X by Apple and Kali Linux or Ubuntu. But Have you ever used two operating systems with one machine yet? If you are new to this, then it might be useful for you. If you use two operating systems on a single computer, it’s called dual boot. So follow this article below then you know a little more about the dual boot, and you will learn how to dual boot Windows 10 and Mac OS X El Capitan on PC.

What is a 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 standard configuration of two operating systems. It means when we install two operating systems on a single machine. Sometimes it’s called Multi-boot or dual boot as well. If you install and use three operating systems like Mac, Windows, and Kali Linux on a single machine then in this cause, it called triple boot. Now that you have understood what is dual boot, so let dual boot Windows 10 and Mac OS X El Capitan on PC.

Dual Boot Windows 10 and Mac OS X El Capitan on PC

What am I Going to Do in this Article?

Before to start dual booting, you must know about this article, that from where I am going to start, from where I am going to work and how do I finish. Firstly, I have done the requirement that I said above. Then I am going to install Mac OS X El Capitan first and then Windows 10 at last. Please remember about my partitions that may Hard disk drive is empty, and I will partition it for Mac and Windows in the duration of installing Mac OS X El Capitan. So don’t forget to save your file before formatting you HHD or SSD.

Requirement

  • Bootable USB Installer for Mac OS X El Captain with UniBeast. If you don’t have one, then follow the article to create a USB Installer for Mac OS X El Capitan Using UniBeast.
  • Bootable USB For Windows 10. Follow the article on how to build a bootable USB for Windows.
  • Create two free empty partitions for Mac OS X El Capitan and Windows 10.
  • A PC (Laptop or Desktop) with full Intel supported to install and Support Mac OS X El Captain and Windows 10.
  • Extra accessories like mouse, Keyboard and much more, because of Mac OS X El Capitan may not identify your laptop’s keyboard or mouse until you didn’t install the drive Separately.

Installing Mac OS X El Capitan

As I said above, first, I am going to install OS X because if we install Windows 10 first, it might create problems for us while installing Mac OS X El Capitan. Sometimes the Windows doesn’t let us partition a free and empty partition for Mac. As I try and I faced this problem, but you can work yourself also, and it may not create problems with your HDD, it might be different from mine one. So if you’re following these steps, then you must install Mac OS X El Capitan first.

#1. Create Bootable USB Installer for Mac Using UniBeast

In the first step, as I mentioned above, that you have to create a bootable USB installer for Mac using UniBeast. This move will help you to Boot with the USB driver and create a partition for Mac and finally installs the Mac from the USB Installer to OS X Extended (Journaled) partition. It’s a bit long, So due to this, we have managed another article for it, check the item and follow step by step the material to create bootable USB Installer. See the link below for that section.

 #2. Setup Parts of Your Motherboard’s BIOS or UEFI

Now after downloading Mac OS X El Capitan and creating bootable USB installer for Mac. Then here you will need to set up parts of your motherboard’s BIOS or UEFI. This step will let and make the USB installer to Boot into Clover Menu.

#1. Press the BIOS Menu Button from your keyboard(F12, F10, F8, F2) depending on your System, if you can’t find then do a Google search or comment as below your system details.

#2. Now from BIOS, Set The SATA Controller working Mode to (AHCI).

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SATA Controller Mode

#3. Then Go to Boot Label and Set the UEFI Boot to (Enabled) and Set the Boot Priority Order to (USB HDD)

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UEFI Boot

Note: This works great on Lenovo based Computer. And this may not work for any other systems. So due to this, we highly recommend you to do the below guides for your system.

  1. Load Optimized Defaults
  2. Set The SATA Controller Mode to AHCI
  3. Set the Boot Priority to UEFI
  4. Set OS Type to Other OS
  5. If your CPU supports VT-d, disable it
  6. If your system has CFG-Lock, disable it
  7. If your system has Secure Boot Mode, disable it
  8. If you have six series or x58 system with AWARD BIOS, disable USB 3.0
  9. Save and exit.
  10. If your system didn’t boot automatically, then go to Boot Manager and select the Bootable USB Installer that you create in step 1, Manually.

#3. Boot into UniBeast

After you get into Clover Menu then if your system has full intel supported then select the Bootable USB Installer. But if that didn’t work, then you need to enter boot flag for your system to boot into USB Installer.

Now from Clover boot menu, select the bootable USB Installer (External) and hit enter.

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Clover Menu

#4. Choose Your Language for Mac OS X El Capitan

Now after Booting successfully with the boot flag. So USB installer should take you to Language chooser page, then Select your Language for El Capitan and click on the Arrow button to go forward.

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Langue Chooser

#5. Create Partition For El Capitan and Windows 10 with Disk Utility

So after you chose your language, then you should partition the disk for OS X El Capitan and Windows 10. This step will help you to install OS X El Capitan from the USB installer to the drive for El Capitan.

#1. To partition the Disk for El Capitan. Now click on Utilities > Disk Utility.

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Disk Utility

#2. Now select your hard disk drive and click on erase tab name the disk then choose the format to “OS X Extended (Journaled) “and select the Schema to “GUID Partition Map”. Then your drive will be cleaned and partition for OS X Extended Journaled.

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Erase Your HDD

#3. To create more partitions, now again select your machine’s hard disk and this time, click on partition tab.

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Partition Tab

#4. Click on the “+” button to create two partitions. After that name the partition Language OS X El Capitan and select the format to OS X Extended (Journaled) then click on Apply button to partition the disk for Mac OS X El Capitan.

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Mac HDD

#5. Wait a while for USB Installer to partition a disk for Mac OS X. Now select the Untitled partition and click on erase tab then Name the partition for Window 10 and choose the format type to MS-DOS (FAT) then click erase button to apply the settings.

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Windows 10 HDD

Step #6. Install OS X El Capitan on Created Partition

#1. To set up the installation of OS X, Click On Continue.

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OS X Installation – Continue

#2. Now click Continue then click Agree to the I have read and agreed to the terms of the software license agreement.

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Agree with the Terms of the Software License Agreement

#3. On the Install OS X page, select the partition that you created for Mac OS X El Capitan while partitioning for OS X and Windows 10 and finally click on Continue.

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Install OS X On Mac HDD

#4. Now, wait for USB Installer to Install Mac OS X El Capitan from it to the disk that you selected. It will take some time to complete depending on your system. After it is completed, then it will restarts after 10 seconds automatically.

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Automatically Restarting in 10 Seconds

#7. Boot into Mac OS X El Capitan Partition or Disk (HFS)

On the Clover Menu, don’t make any changes because it will automatically boot into the disk that Mac OS X is newly installed. If no then select HFS disk icon that named your Mac HDD.

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Automatic Boot into HFS

#8. Perform a clean installation of Mac OS X El Capitan

Now in the previous step, if you have installed OS X El Capitan from the USB Installer to the partition that you created for Mac OS X El Capitan, then here it’s time to step and performing a clean installation of OS X El Capitan. Well, we have another article also this for further information visit the link below to perform a clean installation of Mac OS X El Capitan or keep following this article below to perform a clean installation of OS X.

#1. Choose your country and click continue.

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Choose Country

#2. Choose a keyboard Layout and click continue.

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Select Your Keyboard

#3. Now choose your method to transfer information to this Mac and click continue.

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Transfer Information to This Mac

#4. Enable location services and click continue.

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Diagnostics & Usage

#5. Agree to the Terms and conditions.

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Terms and Conditions

#6. Fill out the Full name,  Account name, Password, Hint and check the box of Set time zone based on Current location. Then finally click Continue to create your user account for Mac OS X El Capitan, which will be installed on your PC.

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Create a Computer Account

#7. Select the options for Diagnostics & Usage and click Continue.

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Diagnostics & Usage

#8. Wait a little while to Setting Up Your Mac. Then it will run on the desktop of OS X.

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Setting Up Your Mac

Finish Installation

After performing a clean installation and Set up your Mac OS X El Capitan on PC, then you should see your final result.

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Mac OS X El Capitan Installed on PC

Installing Windows 10

Now after installing Mac OS X El Capitan on your PC and now you if you have installed it successfully then you’re almost 50% done. Because your PC may support window 10 and it’s easy to install windows. So to complete dual boot Windows 10 and Mac OS X El Capitan on PC then keep following here step by step. If you faced any problem, then please comment us below to solve another problem also.

#1. Create Bootable USB for Windows

As I mentioned in at the requirement section, that you need a bootable USB with Windows 10 or a Windows 10 CD\DVD, to install Windows 10 on your PC and complete your dual booting. If you don’t have Bootable USB with Windows 10 or Windows 10 CD\DVD, then buy one or create a bootable USB for Windows 10 with the help of the article below.

#2. Setup Parts of Your Motherboard’s BIOS or UEFI

Whenever we want to install Mac OS X El Capitan then we need to make the BIOS Setting for El Capitan to install and So there are the same cause windows, now we have to make the BIOS setting for windows 10 to install it and complete our Dual Booting.

#1. Press the BIOS Setup Button from your keyboard(F12, F10, F8, F2) depending on your System, if you can find then do a google search or comment as below your system details.

#2. Now from Bios Set The SATA Controller working Mode to (Compatible).

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SATA Controller Mode

#3. Then Go to Boot Label and Set the Boot Mode to (Enabled) and Set the Boot Priority to (USB HDD).

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UEFI Boot Mode

#3. Perform a Clean Installation of Windows 10

#1. Insert the Bootable USB or the Windows 10 CD\DVD to your PC and Boot your PC with that whether it’s a bootable USB or Windows 10 CD\DVD. When the system booted, enter your language, and other preferences then click Next.

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Enter your Language and other preferences

#2. Now click Install Now.

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Install Windows Now

#3. If the system asked you to enter the Product Key then if you have bought the key from Microsoft, enter the product key otherwise, click Skip.

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Enter Product key

#4. Agree, I accept the terms and click Next.

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License Terms

#5. On the type of windows installation click Custom: Install Windows only ( advanced)  because we have to install it newly, and there are no windows to upgrade it.

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Installation Type

#6. Now on the “Where do you want to install Windows?” page, you have to select the partition that you create while installing of Mac OS X El Capitan. After selecting the disk click Next. If you’re unable to click the Next button then once format the same partition that you created for Windows while installing Mac OS X El Capitan, and try again. If still a problem then let us know by comment.

Note: Be careful too in the selection because if you select the wrong partition, then you might format and install windows on the Mac OS El Capitan partition.

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Where to Install Windows

#7. Wait now and let the windows be installed (Depending on your system) and when the installation finishes then you PC will restart automatically after 10 seconds.

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Installing Windows

#8. If the Windows asked again for the Product Key, then click Do this later.

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Enter the Product key

#9. When the Window asks to Let’s Get connected, then connect to your wireless access point or click Skip this Step.

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Let’s get Connected

#10. On the Get going fast Page, click Use Express Settings.

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Get going fast

#11. On the “Create an account for this PC” page fill the requirements that asked or skip that options that are optional, after that click Next.

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Create an Account For this PC

#12. Wait a while for windows to Setting things up for you.

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We’re Setting things up for you

#13. On the “This Won’t Take Long” page don’t shut down or restart your PC. Wait for Windows to Setting up your apps.

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It won’t take long

Finish Installation

After performing a clean installation and Set up your Windows 10 then you should see your final result.

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Windows 10 Installed on PC

It was all about, how to dual boot Windows 10 and Mac OS X El Capitan on PC. If you’ve any question, feel free to share in the comment section down below this post.

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61 Comments

  1. Elton Reply

    Comment Text* just for asking guys if I download macos.dmg file and convert it to iso file will it not work if I use Rufus to create a bootable macos usb?

  2. Hardik Reply

    Hey faiz…
    I installed macOs sierra as you explained above in steps but when i removed usb flash drive then i restart it. It doest show any macOs what should i do…?

  3. madrit Reply

    Hello everybody , i have succesfully installed macosx sierra on my lenovo laptop , the problem is that i cant install windows , neither creating a partition Extended Journal nor msDos , it keeps telling me that windows cannot be installed on this drive , im sure that i booted into uefi mode while trying to install windows , does anybody have any idea ?

  4. Cameron Youell Reply

    I have pre installed windows.. do I have to wipe windows or can I follow the instructions for intalling Mac

    1. Mukhtar Jafari Reply

      If you have already installed Windows 10, so now you just need a bootable USB and follow this update video guide.
      /watch?v=Bbkj19CAPT4
      UPDATE: Sorry, the links are removed from YouTube. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  5. sim8t3 Reply

    I have you had any success in doing this with a AMD Ryzen CPU? If not do you know for sure what OSX will work with Ryzen, I have seen some chat on Insanely Mac looks like they had success with Yosemite or Sierra, not sure.

  6. Jon Reply

    Hello, i succesfully installed Mac and Clover on my laptop, which already had Windows installed. But now when i am in the clover menu i can’t open WIndows! Also when i go back to Legacy in BIOS and choose my Windows HDD it says: Missing operating system. Can you please help me because i have a lot of files on my Windows!

    1. Faiz Orz Post author Reply

      Yes dear, you can fix the Windows issue here:
      Guide 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbl1IkP_DmA
      Guide 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lexUYMR9XTg
      Article: https://www.wikigain.com/fix-operating-system-not-found/

      And for macOS, you need to install both Windows 10 and macOS as UEFI to work perfectly without creating problems like the operating system not found. So I highly recommend you to watch the video tutorial how to dual boot Windows 10 and macOS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bbkj19CAPT4
      UPDATE: Sorry, the links are removed from YouTube. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  7. Nabil Reply

    I’m now using HP prodesk 400 MT and the mother board is quite different than others. So I can’t do the BIOS part. Can u help me

  8. SA Reply

    Please I’m stuck at the windows #6 step. I tried formatting the windows partition but still couldn’t install can you please help me

  9. sam Reply

    Hi. I already install windows for a few years now and have a spare HDD for mac. will it work? because you did said to install mac first. thank you.

    1. Mukhtar Jafari Reply

      That’s not a big deal that you first install Mac Operating System. You can Install Windows 10 first and create a new volume with exFAT format then while installing Mac OS then choose that volume then format it for macOS Sierra.

  10. Sudhakar Singh Reply

    I am having lenovo n100 and fujitsu A514. both laptops are not booting up from CD/USB drive. CD I made from mac and usb i created from transmac/win32imager.
    Is there BIOS setting or bootloader change required?

  11. Prashanth Reply

    For me while proceeding to installation it says Mac cannot be installed on your system /Mac is already installed on your system

  12. Arjun Nair Reply

    Is it meant to take a very long time? I am currently in the installation of mac, i can see the logo but the progress bar is still blank. Also there was no setting for sata controller. Pls help.

  13. RhodesJR Reply

    Basically it is not going further from clover, i’m stuck at apple icon for hours
    let me explain how I installed, kindly correct me..
    1. Created bootable USB installer for El capitan using transmac (as i don’t have a mac computer)
    2. Created bootable USB installer for windows 10 using Live USB creator (using FAT32)
    3. Bios didn’t have IDE/AHCI option (assumed to be AHCI by default), other settings are fine
    4. Started installation using bootable USB installer for El capitan using transmac
    5. Though had issues in the middle, finally was able to install EL capitan (no boot flags were required, no hangs, erased, formatted, mounted, named and created partitions as given in this article)
    6. Couldnt find clover as it took me to boot options which came earlier (when i started the installation)
    7. Selected Mac HDD (drive where El capitan is installed) able to boot fine, installed multibeast – clover and other drivers once done rebooted laptop
    8. After reboot clover showed up with HFS and recovery HDD option
    9. Chose HFS, stuck apple icon

    Don’t know where i’m wrong, but i can boot into Mac HDD (El capitan drive) using bootable USB installer without clover. But through clover i can’t. please help..

    1. Faiz Orz Post author Reply

      You mean that you can Boot with USB Installer that created with TransMac and now that you have installed Clover bootloader then now you can’t boot?
      So if it the cause then i suggest you to download Clover Configurator and Munt EFi folder of USB installer of Transmac and then see the settings with clover configurator and do the same settings with EFI folder of the Mac HDD that you have installed El Capitan on it. Because with clover configurator, you can change the boot options like any boot flag, System definition and the processor mode etc…
      You can also Email at wikigain@gmail.com or faiz@wikigain.com and my Gmail is faizorz09@gmail.com for quicker response.

  14. RhodesJR Reply

    after multibeast installation, i’m stuck at start up screen (with apple icon and horizontal bar) loading nothing

  15. RhodesJR Reply

    Thank you for your response. Finally, I somehow manged to install EL capitan. What are the post- installation files required to be installed?

  16. RhodesJR Reply

    OK. But i have an issue i’m stuck at diagnostics and usage screen (point #7 in Perform a clean installation of Mac OS X El Capitan in this article) unable to click continue as my external keyboard and mouse stopped working all of a sudden.

      1. Drumming_ace

        What do I do if I already have windows installed? And am thinking of having a dual boot?

    1. Faiz Orz Post author Reply

      Hello Dear Kieon
      What do you mean? If you want to install windows 7 instead of windows 10 then yes you can follow the same steps but there are few changes.

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