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Apple today released an update to Boot Camp with support for Microsoft Windows 10, according to a new support document. The update, Boot Camp 6, is still propagating and is not yet available for OS X. However, several MacRumors forum members have noted the update is available within Windows partitions in Boot Camp, Apple's tool to allow Intel Mac owners to dual boot OS X and Windows.

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Boot Camp 6 also includes support for several Mac features within Windows 10, including USB 3, USB-C, Thunderbolt, built-in SD and SDXC card slots, built-in or external Apple SuperDrives, and the Apple keyboard, mouse and trackpad.

Windows 10 support is only available on select Macs with OS X Yosemite and the latest version of Boot Camp, which will automatically download the support software (drivers) needed to use Windows 10 on a Mac.

Boot Camp requires an authentic copy of Windows 10 for a new installation, which can be purchased from Microsoft in an ISO file or USB stick for $119. Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users can upgrade to Windows 10 for free from within their Windows partition as long as the user's software is completely up to date.

Article Link: Apple Updates Boot Camp With Windows 10 Support
 

JustThinkin'

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Good, my 5-day old like-new (refurbished) mid-2012 MacBook Pro 15 was running horribly with Windows 10 using the existing Bootcamp, with some drivers completely missing. This isn't what you expect when you get a new system.

I'll give it a re-install try now.
 
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TechZeke

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It seems they don't like supporting older hardware much with bootcamp. 2011 macbook pros and older should be perfectly capable of running windows 10, not to mention the older Mac Pro's.

I'm absolutely baffled by this. My 2011 iMac is still way more powerful than all the low end windows laptops out there that will be running Windows 10 out of the box. Certainly a 12-core Mac Pro from 2012 should be supported.
 

larrylaffer

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I'm absolutely baffled by this. My 2011 iMac is still way more powerful than all the low end windows laptops out there that will be running Windows 10 out of the box. Certainly a 12-core Mac Pro from 2012 should be supported.

It's merely a case of what machines they're willing to spend time testing on. They likely have a test scenario that they run with each specific model to make sure it works. We're talking about an OS here, so that means low-level hardware testing, extensive driver testing, etc etc.

Now, they're a large company and they very well could test on older machines, but time is money, and this likely takes a long time to do.

As a 2011 MBP owner, I'm saddened by this, but someone out there will probably find a way to force install the new software anyway, making this matter a whole let less. :)
 

DonutHands

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Its super cool that Apple is still supporting Boot Camp. They could have easily ended development as it is a rarely used feature for the vast majority of Mac users. This is also a damn fast release.

Super bummer about the supported machines list. Hopefully the software still installs on older hardware but may not be listed. There is absolutely no reason i can see not to support the older machines.
 

Cougarcat

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I'm absolutely baffled by this. My 2011 iMac is still way more powerful than all the low end windows laptops out there that will be running Windows 10 out of the box. Certainly a 12-core Mac Pro from 2012 should be supported.

Windows 10 uses less resources than 7. There are certainly many, many more macs that could run it. For whatever reason Apple doesn't seem to want to devote the resources to test/write drivers for these older machines. I imagine, however, that Bootcamp 6 would work just fine on most of them anyway.
 

Pakaku

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It seems they don't like supporting older hardware much with bootcamp. 2011 macbook pros and older should be perfectly capable of running windows 10, not to mention the older Mac Pro's.
Disk Utility is (I assume) still an option...
 

JustThinkin'

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nice! no mac pro classic 2009-2012.... whatever....
I know - just a week ago I would have really identified with you, but my 2008 MacBook Pro 17 fried its logic board to death against my will while trying to run the latest El Capitan PB. It was disappointing - possibly due to a combination of errant beta processes stuck at over 50% CPU and the known GT8600 defect. So I was forced to find this 2012 refurb - looks like I just made it under the wire (with 2012)!

Ironically, it suddenly looks like good fortune, since I found a good deal.

But I'd sure like to see them keep supporting the older hardware, as long as it's 64-bit capable.
 

iIra

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So will the trackpad on my 2013 rMBP still suck in Windows?

Edit: yup. But the Boot Camp Control Panel mostly has retina support. Still uses a low res icon in the systray, and it uses ancient low res folder icons for Windows and Mac OSes. Also Apple Software Update doesn't have retina support. Still, I suppose it's progress.
 
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nojkepop

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Good, my 5-day old like-new (refurbished) mid-2012 MacBook Pro 15 was running horribly with Windows 10 using the existing Bootcamp, with some drivers completely missing. This isn't what you expect when you get a new system.

I'll give it a re-install try now.

You can simply run the Apple Software Update on your existing Windows 10 and it will download the Boot Camp 6 Update for Windows 10. Mine was about 1.2GB on my 2012 MBPr.
 

Riot Nrrrd

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I'm really curious to know why mid-2012 is their cut-off point. I don't recall some huge architecture leap that year which would serve as the Maginot Line for before/after with this Boot Camp/Windows 10 issue. Can anyone?
 

CFreymarc

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Should have done this when the OS "launched" 3 days ago.
Hell no! Never give Microsoft the benefit of the doubt to have something in their code in an attempt to make a third party look bad.

Sure Apple has have been going over this Windows 10 release (more like a public beta) with a microscope -- make that an electron microscope -- to make sure it didn't screw up OS X.

Is the Boot Camp group still on Green Valley drive?
 
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