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Mac Users - Start Here

Mac users - start here

Before bringing your Apple Computer to UCI Engineering, take these steps to ensure your computer will meet the expectations of your coursework.

Visit Imagine and activate your account with your @UCI.EDU email address. Setup a password.

  • Having a Imagine account allows you to download Microsoft Software for free.

Purchase & Download Windows 10 Pro (included with Windows 10 Multiple Editions) or Windows 7 Pro in MS Imagine (this is free)

WIndows 10 Pro is Different From Windows 10 Education Version  DO NOT USE WINDOWS 10 EDUCATION
  • Purchase Windows 10 Pro or Windows 7 Pro in Imagine.
    • This is a "no cost" purchase.
  • The Product Key (aka Serial Number) shows up on the receipt. 
    • You can view your order and find it there.
    • You need the Product Key to activate your installation of Windows.
  • Download the software.
    • Sometimes the download fails with Safari so use Mozilla Firefox.

Install Windows on your Mac using Bootcamp.

  1. Visit the Apple's Bootcamp website for the latest information and instructional guides.
    1. For older Macs view the Legacy Installation Guides
  2. Backup any important files to an external drive or the cloud in case something bad happens during the installation process.
  3. For best results, update the software on your Mac using these instructions.
  4. Follow the instructions from Apple to create an ISO image for Bootcamp.
    1. This will be the Windows installation media
    2. Also check out these instructions USB/Windows DVD Bootcamp disk.
  5. Then visit How to Bootcamp to Windows 7 to configure your Apple Computer to run the Windows 7 Operating System downloaded from Imagine. It is the same process for Windows 10.
  6. Also review Apple's instructions for Using Windows 10 with BootCamp.

Use Ethernet instead of Wi-Fi

  • Consider installing BootCamp via Ethernet instead of Wi-fi
  • The process will take about 1.5-2 hours over WiFi.
  • Using Ethernet, it'll take around 5-10 minutes

Install system and security updates on Windows.

  • After installing Windows on your Apple Computer, ensure your Windows OS is up-to-date by visiting Windows Update.

UCI requires you to install anti-virus software.

    Here is a list of free for personal use protection programs is included below. 

    Keep in mind that there are many subscription based anti-virus/spyware programs which may better suit your needs.

Install fan control software to help with over-heating.

  • Many Apple users complain of their laptops overheating while running Windows
  • To solve this issue, it is recommended to install Mac Fan Control.

Use these instructions to activate Windows using the Product Key from Imagine.

  • The product key is displayed on the receipt of your Windows product order.

Install the latest Microsoft .Net Framework.

Other resources for Mac Users

In the event you are having difficulty installing Windows, Please be aware of the following resources:

Unfortunately, we have not been able to test any of the new Apple laptops (post-June 2013) or any MacBooks, so we can not verify that the above solutions will work as expected.


Please feel free to contact us for any questions you have about using your Apple Computer at UCI.