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Robert4

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Apr 20, 2012
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Hi,

Will bite the bullet, and try installing Bootcamp on iMac tomorrow.

Want to at least try to get ahead of any "gotcha's".

a. Is it pretty straightforward, or are there some things I should know and/or
do beforehand ?

b. Assuming it all works, how do I switch from the normal Mac screens into Bootcamp ?

And once in Bootcamp, how do I switch back ?

Thanks,
Bob
 

kaintxu

macrumors regular
Jul 9, 2018
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Edinburgh
For gotchas I can’t help
You but for changing you need to restart the Mac and select which partition you want to run
 

Robert4

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Apr 20, 2012
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Hi,

Thanks for help.
Not too sharp with this "stuff," so please put up with my dumb questions:

How do you know how to select the partition to get into Windows after the re-start ? Is there an icon, or...?

And, how do you switch back ? An icon on/from the Windows side, or...?

Thanks again,
Bob
 

mattguy10

macrumors 6502a
Aug 18, 2010
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Hi,

Thanks for help.
Not too sharp with this "stuff," so please put up with my dumb questions:

How do you know how to select the partition to get into Windows after the re-start ? Is there an icon, or...?

And, how do you switch back ? An icon on/from the Windows side, or...?

Thanks again,
Bob

This should help you:

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202796

I have macOS set as my default startup system. If the Mac is off and I want to boot into Windows, I press the power button and then immediately hold down the “Option” key which gives me the option to boot into either macOS or Windows. Once in Windows, if I want to boot back into MacOS, I just select restart from within Windows and the Mac will restart into macOS as long as macOS is my default startup system. If you make Windows your default startup system, then a restart would just put you back into Windows and you’d need to hold down the “Option” key like I mentioned before to select macOS. There is an option in the Bootcamp menu in Windows that’s supposed to restart the Mac back into macOS automatically after selecting to do so but I always receive an error message saying macOS can’t be found or something along those lines, but a restart always works. This is Windows 10 by the way.

Here’s a support article that should help with the install. Just select what version of Windows you’ll be installing after clicking this link:

https://support.apple.com/boot-camp
 

Robert4

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Apr 20, 2012
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Hi Guys,

Thanks so much for all the help and links.
Nice of you all to take the time to help me out.
Sr. Citizen now, very, and I have to admit I miss many of the nuances these days.

I have Parallels running now on my iMac.
Have, for it, a Lic. paid up copy of W10.

Will Bootcamp accept (the W10 already installed) or will it want still another paid W10 ?

If it will accept, does it ask me during the install process specifically for the Lic. Key ?

I looked at the suggested Links, and see that it, apparently, will be asking you to select either:
"Perform a New Install of W10". or,
"Perform An Upgrade of W10"

Which would I select ?
Same answer if it accepts the already installed W10, or, if not, and I can convince myself to buy another copy,
a different selection for this question ?

Again, thanks for the help,
Bob
 

kaintxu

macrumors regular
Jul 9, 2018
196
76
Edinburgh
First of all Robert, which iMac model do you have? If it's a pre 2012 models Windows 10 is not supported. There are ways around it, but I think sound does not work.

You will need to perform a NEW Install of W10, and you will need to activate it, yes
 
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