OC provides Windows 7 and Windows 8 for students to download. Whether you are in the "Bring Your Own Device Program" or have an OC-issued MacBook, you can download and install Windows on your Mac computer to run it as either partitions or Parallels.
- You may set Windows up as a partition. When your computer turns on, you will have an option of using the Mac operating system or the Windows operating system. You must reboot to switch from one to the other.
- You may set up Windows as a virtual machine in Parallels. When you open Parallels, Windows will appear in a window on your Mac operating system. You can use both Mac and Windows simultaneously on the same computer.
This page provides instructions and information for the various options you have for running Windows on your Mac computer.
Step 1: Download Windows from OC's Support Central Downloads Page
There are 3 options for installing Windows and running it on your Mac.
Option A: Install Windows as a Partition through Boot Camp
Boot Camp allows you to set Windows up as a partition. With Windows as a partition, you will have an option of using the Mac operating system or the Windows operating system when your computer turns on. You will have to reboot to switch from one to the other.
View our instructions for this step:
- Instructions for installing Windows as a partition in OSX Mavericks
- Instructions for installing Windows as a partition in OSX Mountain Lion
Option B: Install Windows as a Virtual Machine Using Parallels
Parallels is a program that allows you to set up Windows as a virtual machine. After installing Parallels and setting it up, Windows will appear in a window on your Mac operating system whenever you open Parallels. Then, you will be able to use both Mac and Windows simultaneously on the same computer.
- First, make sure you have downloaded and installed the latest version of Parallels.
- Once you've downloaded Parallels, follow our instructions for setting up Windows as a virtual machine in Parallels.
Option C: Run Windows as Both a Partition and a Virtual Machine.
If both option A and option B appeal to you, begin with option A and, instead of following the instructions for Option B, follow the instructions for setting up a virtual machine using the Windows from your existing Boot Camp partition.