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Boot Camp: System requirements for Microsoft Windows operating systems

Learn about the general requirements needed to install Microsoft Windows using Boot Camp. Review the tables in this article to determine which Windows versions are supported with your computer.

Requirements for all Windows installations

In order to install Microsoft Windows using Boot Camp, you need the following:

  • An Internet connection
  • An administrator account in OS X to use Boot Camp Assistant
  • The keyboard and mouse or trackpad that came with your Mac (If they aren’t available, use a USB keyboard and mouse)
  • A minimum of 2 GB of RAM, 30 GB of free disk space are recommended if you are installing Windows for the first time, or 40 GB of free disk space if you are upgrading from a previous version of Windows
  • An authentic Microsoft Windows full install disc or ISO file
  • A built-in optical drive, or a compatible external optical drive is required if you are using an install disc
  • 8 GB USB storage device, or external drive formatted as MS-DOS (FAT) to install the downloaded drivers

Before you install Windows, you should use Software Update to make sure OS X and your computer's firmware are up to date.

Supported versions of Windows

(Authentic, single, full-installation)

  • Windows XP: Home Edition or Professional with Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3 (Boot Camp 3)
  • Windows Vista: Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, or Ultimate, Service Pack 1 or later (Boot Camp 3)
  • Windows 7: Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate (Boot Camp 4 or 5.1)
  • Windows 8: Windows 8 or 8.1, Windows 8 or 8.1 Pro (Boot Camp 5.1 only)

Microsoft Windows system requirements

Boot Camp requirements by Mac model

Use the table below to find out which version of Boot Camp and Windows are supported on your Mac:

  • BCA - Use Boot Camp Assistant (BCA) to download the latest Boot Camp software for your Mac instead of manually downloading this software from the Apple Support website. The support software available from Boot Camp Assistant is newer than what is currently available as a manual download. Select the option to "Download the latest Windows support software from Apple" in Boot Camp Assistant to automatically get the latest Windows drivers for your Mac as part of installation.
  • 4 or 5 - Click the link for your Mac model and Windows version to open the download article for the related version of the Boot Camp support software you need to install Windows on your Mac.
  • DVD - For older Macs, Windows drivers are located on the Mac OS X installation DVD that came with your computer. 

How to find which Mac model you have

If you don't know which Mac you have, use the following steps to find out:

  1. From the Apple () menu, choose About This Mac.
  2. Click More Info. The Mac model is listed in the top-right portion of the window.

Downloading Boot Camp drivers

After learning which version of Boot Camp works with your version of Windows on your Mac download the related Windows drivers for Boot Camp.

  • Use Boot Camp Assistant to download the latest drivers as part of setup. This is the easiest way to get the correct Windows support drivers for the computer and version of Boot Camp you are using.


     
  • You can also download Boot Camp 4 or Boot Camp 5.1 support software from the Apple Support website. Boot Camp 5.1 requires OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.3 or later. 

 

MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro
(Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014)
5 5 - - - -
MacBook Pro
(Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014)
5 5 - - - -
MacBook Pro
(Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013)
5 5 - - - -
MacBook Pro
(Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013)
5 5 - - - -
MacBook Pro
(Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013)
5 5 - - - -
MacBook Pro
(Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012)
5 5 4 - - -
MacBook Pro
(Retina, Mid 2012)
5 5 4 - - -
MacBook Pro
(13-inch, Mid 2012)
5 5 4 - - -
MacBook Pro
(15-inch, Mid 2012)
5 5 4 - - -
MacBook Pro
(17-inch, Late 2011)
5 5 4 - - -
MacBook Pro
(17-inch, Early 2011)
5 5 4 - - -
MacBook Pro
(15-inch, Late 2011)
5 5 4 - - -
MacBook Pro
(15-inch, Early 2011)
5 5 4 - - -
MacBook Pro
(13-inch, Late 2011)
5 5 4 - - -
MacBook Pro
(13-inch, Early 2011)
5 5 4 - - -
MacBook Pro
(13-inch, Mid 2010)
- 4 4 DVD DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(15-inch, Mid 2010)
5 5 4 DVD DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(17-inch, Mid 2010)
5 5 4 DVD DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(13-inch, Mid 2009)
- 4 4 DVD DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(15-inch, 2.53 GHz, Mid 2009)
- 4 4 DVD DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(15-inch, Mid 2009)
- 4 4 DVD DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(17-inch, Mid 2009)
- 4 4 DVD DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(17-inch, Early 2009)
- 4 4 DVD DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(15-inch, Late 2008)
- 4 4 DVD DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(17-inch, Late 2008)
- 4 4 DVD DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(17-inch, Early 2008)
- 4 4 DVD DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(15-inch, Early 2008)
- 4 4 DVD DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(17-inch, 2.4 GHz)
- - 4 - DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(15-inch, 2.4/2.2GHz)
- - 4 - DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(15-inch, Core 2 Duo)
- - - - DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(17-inch, Core 2 Duo)
- - - - DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(17-inch)
- - - - DVD DVD
MacBook Pro
(15-inch, Glossy)
- - - - DVD DVD

MacBook Air

MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2014) 5 5 - - - -
MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2014) 5 5 - - - -

MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2013)

5 5 - - - -

MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2013)

5 5 - - - -

MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012)

5 5 4 - - -
MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2012) 5 5 4 - - -
MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2011) 5 5 4 - - -
MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2011) 5 5 4 - - -
MacBook Air (13-inch, Late 2010) - 4 4 - - -
MacBook Air (11-inch, Late 2010) - 4 4 - - -
MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2009) - - 4 - DVD DVD
MacBook Air (13-inch, Late 2008) - - 4 - DVD DVD
MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2008) - - 4 - DVD DVD

MacBook

MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2010) - 4 4 DVD DVD DVD
MacBook (13-inch, Late 2009) - 4 4 DVD DVD DVD
MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2009) - - 4 - DVD DVD
MacBook (13-inch, Early 2009) - - 4 - DVD DVD
MacBook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008) - - 4 - DVD DVD
MacBook (13-inch, Early 2008) - - 4 - DVD DVD
MacBook (13-inch, Late 2007) - - 4 - DVD DVD
MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2007) - - 4 - DVD DVD
MacBook (13-inch, Late 2006) - - 4 - DVD DVD
MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2006) - - - - DVD DVD

iMac

iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014) BCA BCA - - - -
iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2014) BCA BCA - - - -
iMac (27-inch, Late 2013) 5 5 - - - -
iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2013) 5 5 - - - -
iMac (27-inch, Late 2012) 5 5 4 - - -
iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2012) 5 5 4 - - -
iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2011) 5 5 4 - - -
iMac (27-inch, Mid 2011) 5 5 4 - - -
iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2011) 5 5 4 - - -
iMac (27-inch, Mid 2010) 5 5 4 - - -
iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2010) - 4 4 - - -
iMac (27-inch, Late 2009) 1 - 4 4 - - -
iMac (27-inch, Late 2009) 2 - 4 4 DVD DVD DVD
iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2009) - 4 4 DVD DVD DVD

iMac (20-inch, Mid 2009)

- - 4 - DVD DVD
iMac (24-inch, Early 2009) - - 4 - DVD DVD
iMac (20-inch, Early 2009) - - 4 - DVD DVD
iMac (24-inch, Early 2008) - - 4 - DVD DVD
iMac (20-inch, Early 2008) - - 4 - DVD DVD
iMac (24-inch, Mid 2007) - - 4 - DVD DVD
iMac (20-inch, Mid 2007) - - 4 - DVD DVD
iMac (24-inch, Late 2006) - - 4 - DVD DVD
iMac (17-inch, Late 2006, CD) - - 4 - DVD DVD
iMac (20-inch, Late 2006) - - 4 - DVD DVD
iMac (17-inch, Late 2006) - - 4 - DVD DVD
iMac (17-inch, Mid 2006) - - - - DVD DVD
iMac (17-inch, Early 2006) - - - - DVD DVD

1 Model identifier (ID): iMac11,1
2 Model identifier (ID): iMac10,1
To identify which iMac (27-inch, Late 2009) you have, choose Apple () > About This Mac, then click More Info, then click System Report. Look at the "Model Identifier" line.

Mac mini

Mac mini (Late 2014) BCA BCA - - - -
Mac mini Server (Late 2012) 5 5 4 - - -
Mac mini (Late 2012) 5 5 4 - - -
Mac mini Server (Mid 2011) 5 5 4 - - -
Mac mini (Mid 2011) 5 5 4 - - -
Mac mini (Mid 2010) - 4 4 DVD DVD DVD
Mac mini (Late 2009) - - 4 - DVD DVD
Mac mini (Early 2009) - - 4 - DVD DVD
Mac mini (Mid 2007) - - 4 - DVD DVD
Mac mini (Early 2006) - - - - DVD DVD

Mac Pro

Mac Pro (Late 2013) 5 - - - - -
Mac Pro (Mid 2010) 5 5 4 DVD DVD DVD
Mac Pro (Early 2009) 5 5 4 DVD DVD DVD
Mac Pro (Early 2008) - 4 4 DVD DVD DVD
Mac Pro (Early 2007) - - 4 - DVD -
Mac Pro (Mid 2006) - - 4 - DVD -

*BCA refers to Boot Camp Assistant

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