How To Install Windows Programs On Macbook For Free

Boot Camp requires a Mac with an Intel processor.

When you install Microsoft Windows on your Mac, Boot Camp Assistant automatically opens the Boot Camp installer, which installs the latest Windows support software (drivers). If that doesn't happen, or you experience any of the following issues while using Windows on your Mac, follow the steps in this article.

To install Windows on your Mac using Boot Camp, follow the steps listed below in the order listed: Notes: Be sure to back up all your data before following the steps in this article. Print this article to use as a reference while installing Windows. Open Finder and navigate to Applications- Utilities and double-click Boot Camp Assistant.

  • Your Apple mouse, trackpad, or keyboard isn't working in Windows.
    Force Touch isn't designed to work in Windows.
  • You don't hear audio from the built-in speakers of your Mac in Windows.
  • The built-in microphone or camera of your Mac isn't recognized in Windows.
  • One or more screen resolutions are unavailable for your display in Windows.
  • You can't adjust the brightness of your built-in display in Windows.
  • You have issues with Bluetooth or Wi-Fi in Windows.
  • You get an alert that Apple Software Update has stopped working.
  • You get a message that your PC has a driver or service that isn't ready for this version of Windows.
  • Your Mac starts up to a black or blue screen after you install Windows.

If your Mac has an AMD video card and is having graphics issues in Windows, you might need to update your AMD graphics drivers instead.

Install the latest macOS updates


Before proceeding, install the latest macOS updates, which can include updates to Boot Camp.

Format a USB flash drive

To install the latest Windows support software, you need a 16GB or larger USB flash drive formatted as MS-DOS (FAT).

  1. Start your Mac from macOS.
  2. Plug the USB flash drive into your Mac.
  3. Open Disk Utility, which is in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder.
  4. Choose View > Show All Devices from the menu bar.
  5. From the sidebar in Disk Utility, select your USB flash drive. (Select the drive name, not the volume name beneath it.)
  6. Click the Erase button or tab.
  7. Choose MS-DOS (FAT) as the format and Master Boot Record as the scheme.
  8. Click Erase to format the drive. When done, quit Disk Utility.

Download the Windows support software

After preparing your USB flash drive, complete these steps:

  1. Make sure that your Mac is connected to the Internet.
  2. Open Boot Camp Assistant, which is in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder.
  3. From the menu bar at the top of your screen, choose Action > Download Windows Support Software, then choose your USB flash drive as the save destination. When the download completes, quit Boot Camp Assistant.

Learn what to do if you can't download or save the Windows support software.

Install the Windows support software

After downloading the Windows support software to your flash drive, follow these steps to install the software. (If you're attempting to resolve issues with a Bluetooth mouse or keyboard, it might be easier to use a USB mouse or keyboard until these steps are complete.)

  1. Make sure that the USB flash drive is plugged into your Mac.
  2. Start up your Mac in Windows.
  3. From File Explorer, open the USB flash drive, then open Setup or setup.exe, which is in the WindowsSupport folder or BootCamp folder. When you're asked to allow Boot Camp to make changes to your device, click Yes.
  4. Click Repair to begin installation. If you get an alert that the software hasn't passed Windows Logo testing, click Continue Anyway.
  5. After installation completes, click Finish, then click Yes when you're asked to restart your Mac.

Learn more

If you can't download or save the Windows support software:

  • If the assistant says that the Windows support software could not be saved to the selected drive, or that the USB flash drive can't be used, make sure that your USB flash drive has a storage capacity of at least 16GB and is formatted correctly.
  • If the assistant doesn't see your USB flash drive, click Go Back and make sure that the drive is connected directly to the USB port on your Mac—not to a display, hub, or keyboard. Disconnect and reconnect the drive, then click Continue.
  • If the assistant says that it can't download the software because of a network problem, make sure that your Mac is connected to the Internet.
  • Make sure that your Mac meets the system requirements to install Windows using Boot Camp.

If a Mac feature still doesn't work after updating the Windows support software, search for your symptom on the Apple support website or Microsoft support website. Some features of your Mac aren't designed to work in Windows.

  • How to run Windows applications on Mac

by Vlad Tiganasu 5 years ago

How to run Windows applications on Mac

The rivalry between Windows and Mac OS is well-known, and there are many applications that only support one of these operating systems. Even though there are many programs that are becoming compatible with both of these OS's with each passing day, there are still some that remain exclusive to either Windows or Mac. So, the question some of you might ask themselves is how can you run Windows-exclusive software on Mac? Well, you should know that there are several ways in which you can do that to play your games, use your favorite programs and do your business without having to switch between computers.

Boot Camp

The first application for running Windows-based applications on your Mac that we will talk about is Boot Camp. This tool will allow you to install a fresh copy of Windows OS alongside your Mac OS X, giving you a dual-boot option (you can select which operating system to use). Also, you should know that this tool is included in your Mac OS X, so you won't have to sped any money buying it.

Boot Camp

Using Boot Camp to run Windows applications and games offers you the best solution if you want to obtain maximum performance when playing the latest games or using your favorite resource-demanding programs. The downside of using this tool is that you won't be able to run both Windows and Mac apps at the same time, because you will have to choose which OS you want to use during startup, telling your computer how to behave (as either a Windows PC/laptop or a normal Mac).

Obviously, when using Boot Camp, you will also need a Windows license for installing Windows OS.

How To Install Windows Programs On Macbook For Free


Now, if you don't want to install a copy of Windows on your Mac, or if you simply don't desire to purchase a license for it, then you can use Wine. This application will not install a new operating system on your drive, nor it will emulate a Windows virtual machine that will use a big chunk of your system resources. So what does it do, you ask? Well, as the developers state, Wine is a 'compatibility layer' that allows you to run Windows-based apps on your Mac. Basically, this tool will trick your programs into thinking they are running on a Windows OS by translating their requests for system resources like memory or disk space. You won't even need to purchase a Windows license becase you won't actually have to install the operating system.

Wine requires an Intel processor in order to run, so, you might want to check your Mac's CPU, especially if it's an older one (before 2006).


One downside of Wine is the fact that it doesn't offer a graphical interface, and you need to have some command-line knowledge in order to use it. But, if you don't want to deal with this, there is a free-to-use third-party application you can install that makes the task of running Windows programs on your Mac much easier. It's called WineBottler.

Keep in mind, though, that even thoughf Wine seems to be a godsend tool, you might encounter some bugs or applications that won't run. You can always check the compatibility of your program by accessing the Wine application database (AppDB).

Virtual Machine

If both of the above mentioned methods don't suite you, then you can always turn to virtual machines to emulate a Windows system on your Mac. Applications like VMware Fusion or Parallels Desktop will help you reach that goal, but they can be quite expensive, especially considering the fact that you will also have to purchase a license for your Windows OS. Of course, there are some free-to-use alternatives, like VirtualBox, but when talking about 3D graphics and OS integration, they not as good as the ones mentioned before.

Parallels Desktop

Even though virtual machines offer you a great way to run both Windows and Mac applications side-by-side, the downside of running a different operating system from within your OS X is that they will consume some of your system's resources. Basically, you can forget trying to play all the latest games or running resource-demanding applications like CAD tools or video processing software on a virtual Windows machine. However, they can prove to be useful for testing programs or running older apps without having to restart your system each time like you would with Boot Camp, for example.

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How To Run Windows Programs On Mac For Free

Last, but not least, you can always use CrossOver and run Windows programs on your Mac without having to reboot your system or install Windows OS. Even if CrossOver uses Wine code in order to run applications, it provides you with a intuitive graphical interface and it, allegedly, offers support for more apps than the latter (you can see the list of supported tools here).


Same as with Wine, using CrossOver is not a perfect solution for running Windows programs on your Mac. You can still encounter bugs when trying to run applications, and some of them might not work at all. However, if you are having problems running any of the supported apps, you can always contact the developers (CodeWeavers), and they will help you fix the errors.


Now that you know of these methods, it is entirely up to you to decide which one to use in order to run Windows applications on your Mac. If you don't want to sped a lot of money, you can try using Wine or CrossOver, but expect compatibility issues and other problems, or, if you want to make sure that your all of your apps will work at maximum performance, I strongly recommend using Boot Camp. You can even turn to other solutions, such as using a remote access tool, but that will require both a Mac and a Windows PC but, honestly, from my point of view it is just not that efficient (as you can, probably, just move to the Windows PC and normally use it).

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