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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

  • An administrator account in OS X to configure Boot Camp Assistant
  • Internet access
  • USB keyboard and mouse, or a built-in keyboard and trackpad. You should use the keyboard and mouse that shipped with your Mac or a built-in trackpad.
  • 8 GB USB storage device, or external drive formatted as MS-DOS (FAT) to install the downloaded drivers

    Note: To learn how to obtain and build the Apple Boot Camp Drivers installation media needed to install Windows for Apple hardware, see this article. To format an external drive as MS-DOS (FAT), you can use Disk Utility in OS X.
     
  • Recommend minimum of 2 GB of RAM, 20 GB of free space on the disk that you are installing Windows on for the first time, or 40 GB if you are upgrading from a previous Windows version
  • Authentic Microsoft Windows full install disc or ISO file
  • Install all available firmware updates for your computer using Software Update before using Boot Camp Assistant

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 from the DVD)
  • Windows Vista: Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, or Ultimate, Service Pack 1 or later (Boot Camp 3 from the DVD)
  • Windows 7: Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate (Boot Camp 4 or 5)
  • Windows 8: Windows 8 or 8.1, Windows 8 or 8.1 Pro (Boot Camp 5 only)

Note: See the tables below to determine which versions of Windows are supported on your Mac model.

Microsoft Windows system requirements

Boot Camp requirements by Mac model

Select your type of Mac computer from the list below to learn which version of Boot Camp and Windows are supported by your Mac. If you don't know which Mac model you have, follow the steps at the end of this article.

Notes

  • A "4" or "5" in the chart below indicates the version of Boot Camp that is supported on your Mac. The version of Boot Camp also determines which version of Windows works with your Mac. 
  • Click the 4 or 5 to open the download article for the latest version of Boot Camp Support Software (Windows drivers) related to the Mac model, Windows version and Boot Camp version in the chart.
  • For older configurations, "DVD" indicates that the drivers are located on the Mac OS X installation DVD that came with your computer. 

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MacBook Pro

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 - - - -
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, 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) - - 4 - DVD DVD

iMac

iMac (27-inch, Late 2013) 5 5 - - - -
iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2013) 5 5 - - - -
iMac (27-inch, Late 2012) 5 5 - - - -
iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2012) 5 5 - - - -
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) - - 4 - 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 Server (Late 2012) 5 5 - - - -
Mac mini (Late 2012) 5 5 - - - -
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) - - 4 - 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) - - - - DVD -
Mac Pro (Mid 2006) - - - - DVD -

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. You will see the Mac model 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, you can download the related Windows drivers for Boot Camp these ways:

  • 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.


     
  • Manually download Boot Camp 4 or Boot Camp 5.1 support software from Apple Support Downloads. 
    Note: Boot Camp 5.1 requires OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.3 or later.

 

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