Windows 10 on my MBP mid 2010

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by tedesco24, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. tedesco24 macrumors member

    Jul 4, 2010
    So I need to run some Windows programs for work and would like to avoid carrying around a second laptop. Space is a premium on my MBP, so my idea is to load Windows onto a thumb drive and boot from there, and work from my MBP. I'm not worried about booting in and out; once I'm in work mode I'll be in the Windows environment for most of the day. Here's my Catch-22. I have a mid-2010 MBP that does not support Windows 10. I have Sierra as my MBP OS, which only support Windows 10. Going backwards on my MBP from Sierra isn't an option as I have multiple Apple devices, all synced and working nicely together. Last thing I want to do is make a mess of my systems. Any suggestions that will get a Windows OS onto my MBP?
  2. capelesshero macrumors member


    Sep 15, 2016
    Chino Hills, CA
    I ran into that same issue with my 2010 MBP. I ended up buying the 2016 model and didn't look back. As far as I'm concerned you can still run windows 7 and 8 I believe on your current MacBook.
  3. Altis, Mar 23, 2017
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2017

    Altis macrumors 68030

    Sep 10, 2013
    I think you'll find that Windows would run quite poorly from a thumb drive in USB 2.

    Your 2010 should have a DVD drive bay that can be converted to another internal hard drive / SSD, which might be the way to go. Or you could use the ExpressCard34 to get eSata or USB 3.0.

    As for Windows 10, I got it to run on my mid-2010 MBP (i5, 8 GB).. it does work. Bootcamp drivers aren't officially supported but the Windows 7 drivers worked fine, which is mostly needed for the trackpad. Windows isn't so fruity about their drivers, and most of the hardware already has support.

    The thing is the install USB wouldn't take for me (wouldn't show up at boot), but it worked perfectly using the DVD installer for Windows 10.

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