New iMac and Boot Camp

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by gjm87, Jan 26, 2016.

  1. gjm87 macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2014
    Hi All,

    I am buying a new iMac to use for Graduate School, Gaming, Graphic Design, and a media server. The specs I am getting are below so I can future proof it, and have it for years.

    • 4.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 4.2GHz
    • 8GB 1867MHz DDR3 SDRAM - two 4GB
    • 3TB Fusion Drive
    • AMD Radeon R9 M395X with 4GB video memory
    In addition I need to install Bootcamp for work purposes and gaming. What is the best way to order Windows 10 to install it since the Mac doesn't have a disk drive.
  2. anjuna macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2016
    I installed Windows 10 via Bootcamp 2 weeks ago on a Retina MBP. Bought the licence off Amazon. Could either be purchased as a download or delivered on USB, both same price. I got the USB, so plugged that in one port. I then needed another USB drive to install Windows Support Software through Bootcamp. I thought I would be able to use the same one I purchased holding Windows 10 software, however the formatting of this USB drive doesn't allow anything to be written to it. The USB drive that you download this Windows support onto has to be formatted as FAT32 so that MAC OS can write to it and then Windows can read from it.

    So I just got a spare USB drive I had lying around (8GB, USB 2, nothing fancy), plugged it into the other port and just downloaded the support software onto there. From there it was pretty straight sailing, just followed on-screen instructions etc.
  3. gjm87 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2014
    I just bought the USB stick from Amazon, and so the USB stick does have the .iso file on it?
  4. Strider64 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 1, 2015
    Suburb of Detroit
    I just installed bootcamp a couple of weeks ago, the only piece of advice that I'll give is read Bootcamp Assistant instructions in detail. I made that mistake by not reading them thoroughly and the installation took me longer than it should had.
  5. anjuna macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2016
    Yup that has the iso on it. Plug both it and the spare USB drive into the iMac and then all you need to do is tick the second and third task boxes like below, click continue and then choose your spare USB drive as the location to download the Windows support software to.

  6. Oakmhcky21 macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2011
    I'm assuming you already got you usb from Amazon, but if not check with your school. I downloaded Windows 10 Iso from Microsoft and then bought the Windows 8.1 pro disk from my school for $7 and used its key to activate it.
  7. gjm87 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2014
    Where is the .iso file on the usb stick? I can't seem to find it.

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