WARNING for Apple M1 users
As of January, 2021, there is not a way to run Windows on an Apple M1 Macbook at this time.
Apple discontinued Bootcamp and neither Parallels nor VMware have released an update that supports the new M1 chip.
Mac memory and drive space requirements
Open system preferences on your mac, then click security and privacy. On the general tab, in the bottom half, you should see something similar to “System software from vendor “VMware, Inc.” was blocked from loading.” with option to click on “Allow”. You may need to click the lock at the bottom of the page to make changes. To install Windows on a Parallels virtual machine: Prepare a copy of the Windows installer as an ISO file. Install Parallels Desktop for Mac. Create a new virtual machine (Command + N). Choose the option Install Windows from a Flash drive or an ISO file. Read more on the Parallels desktop website.
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The College of Engineering requires the following minimum specifications for Macs:
- You need 16 GB of RAM (memory). A Windows VM needs 8 GB and your Mac will need another 8 GB in addition.
- You need at least 250 GB of storage with at least 75 GB of free drive space (more may be needed depending on the number and size of Windows applications).
Note: Windows will not run on a flash/USB drive. If you don't have enough free drive space, you will need to either free upspace or find a different computer.
Video: How to check your Mac's memory and storage
Where to get the software
- Windows 10 - visit UA's webstore via this link: https://oit.ua.edu/software/windows-10-education/ and click on the Microsoft tab.
- VMware Fusion - visit the same webstore: https://oit.ua.edu/software/windows-10-education/ and click on the VMware tab and select the latest version of Fusion.
- Bootcamp - built into MacOS. Look in Applications, Utilities for the Bootcamp Assistant.
Video: How to download and Install VMware Fusion
Video: How to create Windows VM
Video: How to install Windows with Bootcamp
Common VMware Errors
- Broken Pipe Error
This occurs when you have not given permissions to VMware fusion on your Mac. Open system preferences on your mac, then click security and privacy. On the general tab, in the bottom half, you should see something similar to “System software from vendor “VMware, Inc.” was blocked from loading.” with option to click on “Allow”. You may need to click the lock at the bottom of the page to make changes. Once you click allow relaunch VMware fusion.
- Not enough memory
If you get this error when trying to resume windows then you will need to go to the 'Virtual Machine' tab in the menu bar and click shut down. Once your virtual windows is shut down click on 'Settings..' under 'Virtual Machine.' This will bring up a window with system settings for the virtual machine, click on 'Processors and Memory.' Next, move the slider, or type in 8192. You will need to have at least 16 GB of RAM in order for your Mac to function properly.
- Not enough hard drive space
If you didn't give your VM enough drive space and need to take more from your Mac side and move it to the windows side then first click the 'Virtual Machine tab' and select shut down to close the windows VM. Next click the 'Window' tab and select 'Virtual Machine Library.' Next, right click the VM that you want to give more drive space and click 'settings..' Next select 'Hard Disk' under removable devices and then move the slider or type in the amount of drive space that you would like to have. Microsoft word 2013 installer free download.
Note:The number you enter will be the total drive space that you have in windows not how much you are adding
This tutorial will guide you every step of the way through installing Windows 7 on your Mac using Parallels Desktop.
Parallels Desktop for Mac allows you to run other Operating Systems (like Windows 7) in a virtual environment, while OS X is running at the same time. Though Windows 7 won’t run as fast in Parallels Desktop as it does via Boot Camp, it is a very easy way to get Windows 7 running on your Mac.
- If you’re using Parallels for the first time, an Introduction window will appear. Otherwise, click File ->New Virtual Machine…. Click Continue.
- On the Operating System Detection screen, select either the Real CD/DVD-ROM Drive option if you have Windows 7 burned to DVD (and make sure the disk is in your DVD drive). If you’re using an .iso image, select CD/DVD Image, click the Choose… button, navigate to your Windows 7 .iso file, select it and click OK. When you’re ready, click Continue.
- The automatic detection will probably fail. From the Type: drop-down, select Windows. From the Version: drop-down, select Windows 7 (experimental). Click Continue.
- From the Virtual Machine Type window, select Custom and then click Continue.
- Choosing the Number of CPUs: will depend on your Mac. I opted for 1, which is always a safe bet. You’ll want to allocate at least 1GB (1024MB) of RAM for your Virtual Machine, as Windows 7 will run quite slowly if you set it any lower. Click Continue.
- Select New image file on the Hard Disk Options screen, and once again click Continue.
- Specify a size for your virtual hard drive, and select Expanding disk (recommended). This will allow you to create a file that grows in size as you add files and programs to Windows 7, rather than creating the full “size” of your virtual hard drive immediately. Yet again, click Continue.
- Select Shared Networking (Recommended) as the Networking Type and click Continue.
- On the Optimization Options screen, select Virutal Machine (Recommended) if you want Windows 7 to have more resources while it’s running, or Mac if you want OS X to have more resources while Windows 7 is running. Click Continue.
- Finally, enter a name for your virtual machine (something ‘obvious’ like “Windows 7” would be ideal). If you want to enable File Sharing and User Profile Sharing, leave those boxes checked. Click the small arrow next to More Options and decide if you want to have a launch icon on your Desktop for Windows 7, and if you want to share your virtual machine with other users on your Mac. When you’re ready, click Create.
- Again, the same as in step #2, select Real CD/DVD-ROM Drive if you’ve burned Windows 7 to DVD (and make sure it’s in your DVD drive) or CD/DVD Image if you’re using an .iso or image file of Windows 7. Click Done to begin the installation.
- Windows 7 will begin loading files and start the installation.
- Select the appropriate language, time and keyboard layout for you. Click Next to continue installing Windows 7.
- Click the Install now button.
- Setup will initiate and take a moment or two to do its thing.
- When you’re presented with the Software License Terms, place a check in the I accept the license terms box, and click Next.
- Click the Custom (advanced) ‘button’ when asked which type of installation you want.
- You should only have one option on the Where do you want to install Windows? screen. If you have more than one, make sure to select the one that is the size you specified back in step #7 and has the idental number in the Free Space column. Again, click Next.
- Go grab yourself a cup of coffee. It’ll take a while for Windows to install itself. Windows 7 may reboot itself during this process.
- After the actual installation, you’ll need to setup Windows 7 itself. Enter a username and computer name in the spaces provided. Click Next.
- Set a password and password hint, and click Next.
- Enter the Product key that was provided with your copy of Windows 7, and unless you don’t want to activate Windows when you’re online, leave the box checked. Click Next.
- For now, click Use recommended settings. They can always be changed later.
- Make sure your time and date settings are correct, then click Next.
- The final part of the setup will prepare and create your desktop.
- And now, finally, Windows 7. But your work isn’t over quite yet. There’s a possibility that networking (including your Internet connection) and sound won’t be working – yet.
- Press the Ctrl+Alt keyboard combo to release your mouse and keyboard from Parallels (Windows 7). From the Parallels Desktop menu, select Virtual Machine and from the drop-down list, select Install Parallels Tools…
- You’ll be presented with a description window of Parallels Tools. Review it (if you want) and then click Continue.
- Back inside Windows 7, an AutoPlay window will appear. From it, click the Install Parallels Tools button.
- The Parallels Tools installer will launch. It will install each of the parts of Parallels Tools, and can take several minutes. You might refresh your coffee at this point. .
- Once Parallels Tools has installed, restart Windows 7.
- At this point you should have Internet connectivity. If you don’t have sound, make sure to run Windows Update, and it will detect any missing drivers (and find updates to the Operating System itself). Install all of the updates, and reboot again (if prompted). You should now have a fully working version of Windows 7 installed in Parallels on your Mac!