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Choose Windows 10 Pro -   DO NOT USE WINDOWS 10 EDUCATION
Download media for Windows 10 Pro

1) Go to Microsoft Azure Dev Tools
2) Look for "Software"
3) Find Windows 10 (consumer editions), version 1903 - DVD
4) Click the "view key" box on the right. Copy the serial number to a text file in case you cannot open the page again.
5) Click on "Download" on the bottom right to download the software.
6) You'll have Windows installer media in ".iso' format.
  • NOTE
    • Sometimes the download fails with Safari so use Mozilla Firefox or Chrome.
          Contact Lisa Preble, lpreble@uci.edu if you have issues obtaining Windows 10 Pro.

Install Windows on your Mac using Bootcamp.

  1. Visit the Apple's Bootcamp website for the latest information and instructional guides.
  2. Backup any important files to an external drive or cloud storage in case something bad happens during the installation process.
  3. For best results, update the software on your Mac using these instructions.Do this BEFORE attempting Bootcamp installation
  4. For MAE, CEE, and BME students, consider using half the hard drive for your Windows installation partition.
  5. Detailed instructions for various MacBooks are found on the BootCamp website
    1. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201468
  6. For older Macs view the Legacy Installation Guides

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.

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.



IF YOU HAVE A NEW 2014 MACBOOK, FOLLOW THIS LINK.


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