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Mac Users - Start Here

Choose Windows 10 Pro -   DO NOT USE WINDOWS 10 EDUCATION


  • For best results, do not use Safari. Try a different browser such as Chrome or Firefox.
  • Create a Personal Microsoft Software account
    • Instructions are at OIT's page for Student O365
      • Follow instructions carefully
    • Do not specify a personal gmail account anywhere in the process.
    • Only specify your UCINetID and the account.
      • If you use a personal gmail account, you will not have access to the full library of software because Microsoft will not recognize your Academic association.
  • Find Windows 10 (consumer editions), version 1903 - DVD
    • If you are asked to pay for Windows, then you have not created your account correctly or you have not logged in correctly.
      • If this happens, try a different browser
      • Or, clear the cookies in your browser.
    • If you don't see the download, then contact Lisa Preble,
      • The Azure Dev Tools site is always changing so contact Lisa if you don't see the correct Windows 10 download.
  • Click the "view key" box on the right. Copy the serial number to a text file in case you cannot open the page again.
  • Click on "Download" on the bottom right to download the software.
    • You'll have Windows installer media in ".iso' format.
  • NOTE
    • Sometimes the download fails with Safari so use Mozilla Firefox or Chrome.
    • If the bootcamp installation does not like Windows, then download again using a different browser.
          Contact Lisa Preble, if you have issues obtaining Windows 10 Pro using the Azure for Dev Tools website.

STEP 2 - Install Windows on your Mac using Bootcamp.

        What is Apple's Bootcamp?

  • Boot Camp is a utility that comes with your Mac and lets you switch between MacOS and Windows.
    • It allows for Windows to be installed directly onto your hard drive on it's own separate partition.
    • When you turn on your comptuer, you can select which OS to use, Apple or Windows.

Prepare your Laptop

  • Backup any important files to an external drive or cloud storage in case something bad happens during the installation process.
  • For best results, update the software on your Mac using these instructions.Do this BEFORE attempting Bootcamp installation
  • For MAE, CEE, and BME students, consider using half the hard drive for your Windows installation partition.
  • Detailed instructions for various MacBooks are found on the BootCamp website
  • For older Macs view the Legacy Installation Guides

 Install Windows using Bootcamp?

  • Visit the Apple's Bootcamp website for the latest information and instructional guides
  • Every make & model is different so you need to visit Apple's for the latest information.

TIP:  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

STEP 3 - 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.

STEP 4 - 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.

STEP 5 - 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.

STEP 6 - 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.