Mac Users - Start Here

If you have a Mac read this and get it ready before classes start

IMPORTANT: Macs with new ARM-based M1 processors (starting in 2020) should NOT be used in Engineering.

Reason 1: Bootcamp is not compatible - Apple has chosen to no longer support Bootcamp.

Reason 2: You can only install Windows using a VM such as Parallels or Fusion. Your Engineering software will be buggy and slow, if it installs at all.

Here is a list of known issues with M1 processor:

    • MAE & BME students will have problems installing and using Solidworks on a VM.

        • As of 10/5/2021 Solidworks does not install on Fusion or Parallels.

    • BME students - Linx plug in for LabView does not work on M1. You will not be able to work on BME60A projects.

    • CEE majors will have issues using AutoCad on a VM.

        • For upper division courses, AutoCad Civil Engineering is used and there is no Mac version.

    • Other majors will have less issues with using Windows in a VM, but there are no guarantees.

    • There are NO GUARANTEES an M1 will work. Use at your own risk.

STEP 0 - Determine if you should use Bootcamp or Fusion for Windows

  • If you plan to use Solidworks or AutoCad >> Install Windows using Bootcamp (You can still do this on intel-based Macs)

      • Bootcamp makes your Mac dual-boot and you have the option of using Windows or Mac when you power up.

      • Windows performance is better.

      • If you're not sure, try this option.

  • Everyone else (INCLUDING M1 Macs) >> Install Windows using Fusion or Parallels.


  1. For best results, do not use Safari. Try a different browser such as Chrome or Firefox.

  2. 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.

        • 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.

        • Only specify your UCINetID and the account.

  3. Login to Microsoft Azure Dev Tools using your "" login account.

  4. Look for "Software"

  5. Find Windows 10 (consumer editions), version 2004 (or more recent)- DVD (.iso)

        • 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.

  6. Click the "view key" box on the right. Copy the serial number to a text file in case you cannot open the page again.

  7. Click on "Download" on the bottom right to download the software.

        • You'll have Windows installer media in ".iso' format.

  8. 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 - (OPTION A) - Install Windows on your Mac using Bootcamp. (For Intel-based Macs)

  • 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 computer, you can select which OS to use, Apple or Windows.

Prepare your Laptop and Plan

  1. Backup any important files to an external drive or cloud storage in case something bad happens during the installation process.

  2. Clean up your laptop

      • Remove unnecessary files

      • Move files to the cloud if you don't need them locally on your laptop

  3. Update your OS.

  4. Decide how much space you want to use

      • In general, plan for 150-250GB

      • For MAE, CEE, and BME students, consider using half the hard drive for your Windows installation partition.

          • Your hard drive will fill up quickly

          • Plan for at least 250GB.

      • Other majors might get away with 150 GB but it's best to plan for more disk space.

      • You may have to re-do the work more than once

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.

  • Detailed instructions for various MacBooks are found on the BootCamp website

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 2 (OPTION B) - Install Windows on your Mac using Fusion

  1. Clean up your laptop

      • Remove unnecessary files

      • Move files to the cloud if you don't need them locally on your laptop

  2. Update your OS.

  3. Activate your VMWare Account

  4. Download Fusion

      • Big Sur requires Fusion 12

      • See this link to determine which version of Fusion if you have a previous MacOS

  5. Use these instructions as a starting point or google for better instructions

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.

STEP 6 - Install the latest Microsoft .Net Framework.

STEP 5 - Install fan control software to help with over-heating (for Bootcamp).

  • Many Apple users complain of their laptops overheating while running Windows

  • To solve this issue, it is recommended to install Mac Fan Control.

Other resources for Mac Users

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

  • ANTech Repair Center


      • (949) 824-7096

      • For a fee, The ANTech Repair Center can install Windows for you using BootCamp, Fusion, or Parallels.

  • UCI Virtual Classroom (this is operated by OIT, not Engineering)

  • UCI Libraries Laptop Checkout

  • Use Ethernet instead of Wi-Fi for installing BootCamp.

      • Locations of Ethernet:

        • MDEA (at every seat)

        • Engineering Student Lounge, ICS 249. ICS 253, and ICS 259

      • Register your Ethernet address (aka MAC address).

        • Use Manual Registration

        • Login with your UCINetID and type in the MAC address for your Ethernet connection.


        • Be sure to follow University policy for downloading content.