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Question:

Where can I find information on installing Windows 10 using Boot Camp (also known as Bootcamp) or Parallels in 10.8 Mountain Lion / 10.9 Mavericks / 10.10 Yosemite / 10.11 El Capitan?

Answer:


Contents: Bootcamp (No Cost) || Parallels 11 ($50)


    1. Decide whether to use Bootcamp or Parallels software.

      • Apple Bootcamp is a built-in utility included with Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard) and above which allows you to boot to either Mac OS or Windows. Boot Camp Assistant is located in the Utilities folder in the Applications folder. It helps you set up a Windows partition on your computer's hard disk and then start the installation of your Windows software. To complete the Boot Camp installation, you install Boot Camp drivers to enable Windows on your Mac. After installing Windows and the Boot Camp drivers, you can start up your Mac in either Windows or Mac OS. When booted into Windows, the operating system has full use of your resources so performance is optimal. The advantages of Bootcamp are full access to the computer hardware, runs Windows just like a PC, can run memory or processor intensive programs, and it is available at no charge because it is built-in to Mac OS. The disadvantage is that you must restart your computer to switch between Windows and Mac OS. For further information about Boot Camp, see Apple Boot Camp Support.

      • Parallels Desktop for Mac is a software which allows you to run Windows and Mac OS simultaneously. Parallels is available for purchase at the University Bookstore with academic pricing of around $80. Memory is split between the operating systems, so we recommend that your computer have at least 4 GB of memory for optimal performance. Parallels will run on any Intel-based Apple computer. The advantages are there is no need to restart, it runs Windows while still in Mac OS, Coherence Mode makes Windows programs behave like Mac OS applications, and you can set file types to open using Windows programs. The disadvantages are running two operating systems at the same time can slow down your computer, you will be unable to run memory intensive programs, and the Parallels software is not free. For further information about Parallels please see: Parallels Desktop for Mac.

    2. Install Bootcamp or Parallels, and then install Windows.

      • To configure Bootcamp:

        1. Download a copy of Windows.

          1. Go to the Network Software page.

          2. Type your PID and PID password..

            1. In the Username text box, type your PID, which is the first part of your @vt.edu email address. (If you do not know your PID, follow the instructions at Forgot PID.)

            2. In the Password text box, type your PID password. (If you forgot your password, follow the instructions at Forgot PID Password.)

            3. Click the Login button.

              Image of the Login service prompt for username and password.

          3. Follow the on-screen instructions to either:

 

          1. Click the Microsoft Windows Software link to expand the category.

          2. If you do not see any Microsoft Windows links, then you need to buy Microsoft Windows 8 from Virginia Tech Software Sales. Save the license key that comes with the DVD.

          3. Click the Microsoft Windows 8.1 Update1 Enterprise 64-bit ISO link.

          4. After reading the license agreement, place a check in each of the check boxes.

          5. Click the Accept Agreement button.

          6. Important: Print or record the license key for your records. You will need this key later to complete activation.

          7. Click the Continue button.

          8. If prompted, choose to save the file to your computer.

        1. Burn the ISO file to a DVD. (If you purchased a DVD of Windows, skip this step, because you already have Windows on a DVD.)

          1. Insert a blank DVD into your computer.

          2. In Finder, from the Go drop-down list, select Utilities.

            Select Utilities.

          3. Double-click the Disk Utility icon.

            Double-click the Disk Utility icon.

          4. In the left pane, select the Windows 8 ISO file.

          5. Near the top of the window, click the Burn icon.

            Click the Burn icon.

          6. When prompted to confirm, click the Burn button.

            Click the Burn button.

        2. Run Bootcamp Assistant and install Windows by following all of the instructions in the following PDF from Apple: Boot Camp Installation & Setup Guide.

        3. Active Windows with Microsoft.

          1. Start Windows.

          2. Connect to the internet.

          3. Click the Start button.

            Click the Start button.

          4. Type: slui 3

          5. As you type, results will appear and change. Select slui 3.

            Select slui 3.

          6. In the Product key text box, type the license key that you obtained earlier either from Network Software or from the papers that came with your DVD.

            Type the license key.

          7. After you type the last character of the license key, Windows will automatically send the activation key.

          8. Follow the on-screen instructions and prompts to complete the activation.

Video Tutorial for Bootcamp



      • To configure Parallels:

        1. Download a copy of Windows.

          1. Go to the Network Software page.

          2. Type your PID and PID password.

            1. In the Username text box, type your PID, which is the first part of your @vt.edu email address. (If you do not know your PID, follow the instructions at Forgot PID.)

            2. In the Password text box, type your PID password. (If you forgot your password, follow the instructions at Forgot PID Password.)

            3. Click the Login button.

              Image of the Login service prompt for username and password.

          3. Follow the on-screen instructions to either:

          4. From the list that appears click the Virtual Software link to expand the category.

          5. If you do not see the link, then you need to buy Microsoft Windows 10 from Virginia Tech Software Sales. Save the license key that comes with the DVD.

          6. Click the Virtual Machine Windows 10 Education with Office for Parallels link.

          7. After reading the license agreement, place a check in each of the check boxes.

          8. Click the Accept Agreement button.

          9. Click the Download Virtual Machine Windows 10 Education with Office for Parallels - windows10_parallels_office365.pvm.zip link.

          10. If prompted, choose to save the file to your computer.

        2. Install Parallels in Mac OS by following the instructions at the How to install or upgrade to Parallels Desktop 11 page.

        3. Use Parallels to install Windows by following the instructions at the Installing Windows on your Mac using Parallels Desktop page.

        4. Active Windows with Microsoft.

          1. Start Windows.

          2. Connect to the internet.

          3. Click the Start button.

            Click the Start button.

          4. Type: slui 3

          5. As you type, results will appear and change. Select slui 3.

            Select slui 3.

          6. In the Product key text box, type the license key that you obtained earlier either from Network Software or from the papers that came with your DVD.

            Type the license key.

          7. After you type the last character of the license key, Windows will automatically send the activation key.

          8. Follow the on-screen instructions and prompts to complete the activation.

Video Tutorial for Parallels