Bootcamp Procedure

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by cee-eff, Mar 5, 2016.

  1. cee-eff macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2016
    Can someone point me to a step-by-step procedure that explains how to add Windows to a 2011 Macbook Pro running El Capitan, 8GB memory, 480GB SSD? I'd like to know, for example, do I have to have Windows software available before doing the bootcamp thing? My research has led me to believe I can't load Windows 10 directly, so I guess I'll have to start with Windows 7 or 8 and upgrade from there. Can I download Windows 7 or 8 and install it or do I have to have a "real" Windows installation disk and key? Which version of bootcamp do I need - 5 then 6? Or does 6 have everything I need?

    My objective is to run some apps that are only available for Windows.

  2. Mike Boreham macrumors 65816

    Aug 10, 2006
    I googled "boot camp 2011 macbook pro" and used "past year" in search tools to get some useful looking hits which from a quick look suggests Windows 10 on a 2011 MBP probably is do-able, but not straightforward. Windows 10 on a 2011 doesn't appear to be supported. Depends how much effort you are willing to put in!
    Have you considered Parallels? or Virtualbox?

    Parallels gets round all such issues. No experience of Virtualbox.
  3. cee-eff thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2016
    @Mike Boreham Thanks for the response. I saw all those links except the reddit one. None of them have what I'm looking for, which is a "step-by-step procedure". Can't run VM because they don't support games well.

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