How to Install Windows 10 on Mac OS without Boot Camp?

Install WIndows 10 on Mac OS

Let me start the topic with some questions. Is it possible to install Windows 10 on Mac OS? Do you know how to install Windows 10 on Mac OS? Does it need many requirements? I’m going to tell you the answer to all these questions. Yes, it’s possible to install Windows on a Mac operating system. There are two main ways that Windows 10 can be installed on Mac OS.

  1. Without Boot Camp
  2. With Boot Camp

If you want to install Windows 10 on Mac OS, there are two ways. First using boot camp and without boot camp. In this article, I’m going to tell you the first way. Install Windows 10 on Mac OS without boot camp. You do not need any software. Only the thing you need a bootable flash drive for Windows with Windows 10 operating system file.

Install Windows 10 on Mac Without Boot Camp

Once you have created a bootable USB flash drive for Windows, then download the “Boot Camp driver” for Windows. For the first time when you install Windows on Mac, so the “Internet, sound, graphics, and other drivers are disabled”, and they are not working. You Have to download it, after installation of Windows 10. You have to install the drivers using boot camp.

Warning: Here I’m going to have a clean installation of Windows 10 on Mac computer. It means that I’m going to remove the full hard drive of my Mac computer if you want to dual boot Windows 10 with Mac so visit the article below.

Now that you have a bootable USB flash drive insert it to the laptop USB port. Restart your device then press and hold the “Option Key” from the keyboard. You have to continue holding the option key until you see the USB flash drive and Mac hard disk.

Press and Hold the Option Key

Press and Hold the Option Key

After holding the option key, a screen will be shown to you. Choose the USB flash drive and hit enter.

Choose USB Flash Drive

Choose USB Flash Drive

After these steps, it’s elementary and straightforward. If you know the Windows 10 Installation. This is going to work very efficiently. Now, choose the Language and hit the “Next” button.

Choose Language and Keyboard

Choose Language and Keyboard

Click “Install Now“.

Installing Windows 10 on Mac

Installing Windows 10 on Mac

Read the License terms then Check the box “I Accept the License Terms”. Click on the “Next” button.

Accept License Agreement

Accept License Agreement

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 an upgrade because I haven’t installed an OS to upgrade it. When you Choose Upgrade, all the files, settings, and application are moved to the next Windows with these options. If you select “Custome” all the data, 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”.

Clean Installation of Windows 10 on Mac

Clean Installation of Windows 10 on Mac

Here, I’m going to format all the drivers and have a clean installation of Windows 10 on Mac computer. If you format all the drivers, so everything inside your computer will be erased. Be careful that you should have a backup of your data. To delete the drivers, select the drive then hit the Delete button.

Formatting Drivers

Formatting Drivers

As you can see the screenshot below, I have deleted all the drivers. Now, I  have only a driver to Install Windows 10 on Mac computer.

Drivers are Formated

Drivers are Formatted

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

Installing Windows 10

Installing Windows 10

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 to enter the product key. Otherwise, choose “Do this later“.

Skip Windows 10 Product Key

Skip Windows 10 Product Key

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 use express Setting. I prefer to use “Express Setting“.

Use Express Settings

Use Express Settings

This is the last step for this demonstration. 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 User Account

Create a User Account

How to Install Windows 10 Drivers on Mac OS?

To install Windows 10 Drivers on Mac OS, First, download the Bootcamp software from the link above. Now, wait for some minutes, then the Windows will be installed on your Mac computer. Copy the Bootcamp software that you have to download on the first step of this article. Click on the Bootcamp setup then install.

Install Windows 10 Drivers on Mac OS

Install Boot Camp on Windows 10

Once you installed the Bootcamp software, then this software is going to install most of the Windows 10 drivers on Mac computer. These drivers are “Wi-Fi or Internet, Graphic, Sound, Mouse, etc.”.

Installing Windows 10 Drivers on Mac OS

Installing Windows 10 Drivers on Mac OS

Here is the preview or screenshot of installing Windows 10 on a Mac device.

Installed Windows 10 on Mac OS

Installed Windows 10 on Mac OS

Conclusion

This was the simple way of Installing Windows 10 on Mac OS. The next article, I’m going to show you how to install Windows 10 on Mac OS with boot camp. Also, you will get info about boot camp built-in software on Mac computers. I hope that you have gotten anything from this article. If you have a question, feel free to ask us on this post. 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.

51 Comments

  1. Muhammad Sami Reply

    Hey, I used the this method, everything was working well but when the setup was completed the window boots with a black screen. I am in a problem and want help ASAP. (I dont have mac os installed)

  2. Christian Lincoln Reply

    Whoa, where is the actual explicitness! And what about media drivers? Windows 10 asks me for media drivers before it even installs and there is no solution. Bootcamp just crashes all the time.

  3. Zeeshan Reply

    no partition(even fat32) is available for me. is there any other way to make windows 10 bootable usb ? I have Macbook pro 2018 running Mojave

  4. Acap Reply

    Hi.. My macbook have been installed with windows os without bootcamp.. Now my macbook load only windows on startup.. But, i got problems.. Backlight keyboard not lighting, function button unusable and the touchpad cannot be clicked by twice finger taps.. How it can be solved? Mb air 2014,256gb,4gb ram

  5. Demeter Reply

    This is completely misleading.
    (1) The link for Bootcamp drivers you gave is only valid for Macs introduced between 2011 and 2013. All older and younger Macs need other drivers!
    (2) You always write about “drivers”, while you are meaning “partitions” or “volumes” of a single _drive_ (also here it is not “drivers”). “Drivers” are software needed to make use of the computers hardware. E.g. Apple’s bootcamp driver package consists of “drivers” and an installer.
    I understand you are not an English native speaker (nor am I) but if you are publishing in English, you definitely should have somebody around, who is a little more literate and willing to proofread your posts.

    1. Mukhtar Jafari Post author Reply

      The Internet is a gateway to improve ourselves. We don’t have someone to rectify our mistakes and we don’t have that much budget to hire someone to do this work for us. If someone really needs to fix or learn something they don’t pay attention like this mistakes.But any way you mentioned good point and it will help us to well prepare ourselves to learn English professionally.

      1. Marek

        You say: ” We don’t have someone to rectify our mistakes and we don’t have that much budget to hire someone to do this work for us.”
        But now that Demeter pointed out the misleading mistakes, why don’t you make the necessary corrections in your text??? It’s free, it does not cost anything!

  6. Raj Reply

    Hi can i install windows on a external pendrive and boot to use on a mac. I dont want to partition the internal hard disk. Kindly guide. Thank you

  7. Jonathan Spilky Reply

    Thank you so much for this article! when I try installing windows 10 on a mac with a partitioned drive for the Windows OS, I am unable because the drive is in the wrong format (either not NTFS or not the right partition mapping) and no variation of the options seems to work. Do I need to write over the Mac OS or is there a way to have both OSX and Windows without using Bootcamp Assistant?

  8. GiAnG Reply

    I am using macbook pro 13 inch 2016, when boot from usb into windows installation UI, my keyboard and touchpad are not working

      1. Đỗ Tiến Hoàng Giang

        after connect external keyboard, I got another error that cannot detect any disk drive!

      2. Đỗ Tiến Hoàng Giang

        Yes, it works, and until the step: “Choose Language and Keyboard”, when I click next, it shows error!

      3. GiAnG

        I confirm that is EFI boot when press Alt at boot. I think with my macbook, the default windows installer does not have enough drivers for it. When I use bootcamp, I see that it makes a new partition with win 10 iso file content and some additional driver & unattended config. And I think use an old macbook that bootcamp force to create usb installer for win 10 and use that USB

  9. clemzuly Reply

    How do I use a boot camp software to install windows without touching the Mack os, I mean leaving the Mack os intact

  10. kheang Reply

    Sir,if i already using window on mac now but i already deleted the mac partition.So, does that method above work for my case?

  11. T R Reply

    I have late 2016 macbook pro with SSD only. I think this is why It doesn’t see the drive. It is pci, not sata or SAS. Not sure what driver i need to load.

  12. T R Reply

    My windows 10 installer does not show any harddrives. what driver do i need to load to see the drive and partition it?

      1. T

        Sorry, i meant during the windows install, when it is time to partition the hard drive, windows installer does not show any drives to partition. I think this is because windiws does not have any drivers for the apple ssd. I tried loading the driver that comes in the bootcamp driver pack, but windows stil does not see the drive. Im not sure what driver i need to load. Also the compuer freezes after a few minutes of the installer running.

  13. Ruchan Reply

    I have a old MacBook which does not boot from Win 10 USB installer. What can I do? (P.S. I also have a even older MacBook Pro which boots from the same USB).

      1. Eugene Choi

        hi, i’m not the person above in the thread, but I have a MacBook that is manufactured from 2008-2009. Would your steps that you put in this article still work? I am still planning to do this ASAP, but I just want to make sure.

  14. olly Reply

    “You have to install the drivers using boot camp”

    So I do need bootcamp?

    I don’t understand why I need to use Bootcamp to download drivers. Why can’t I use hardware drivers? My Mac uses the same hardware as my Windows PC – nvidia card, broadcom chip, Intel CPU, Realtek sound…

  15. Ben Reply

    If I ever wanted to go back to OSX/MacOS is there a way to do it? I don’t want to duel boot, but it would be useful to know it’s possible to reinstall MacOS and create the right partitions again..etc.

    1. Mukhtar Jafari Post author Reply

      Dear Zahra Batool. The Boot Camp Assistant is a built-in software on Mac that allows you to Install Windows operating system via it. It means that you can install Windows by using this software. If you did not get let us know.

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