System requirements to install Windows on your Mac using Boot Camp

Learn about the general requirements to install Microsoft Windows using Boot Camp. Review the tables in this article to determine which Windows versions you can use with your Mac.

Requirements

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 is recommended if you're 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
  • A 16 GB or larger USB storage device or drive formatted as MS-DOS (FAT) to install downloaded Boot Camp 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
These are the supported versions of Windows (authentic, single, full-installation). Check the tables below to see which of these versions will work with your Mac.

  • 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)

Boot Camp requirements by Mac model

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

If you don't know which Mac you have, choose About This Mac from the Apple () menu. Click More Info. Your Mac model is listed in the top-right portion of the window.

Table key

The tables will have one of these symbols or entries in each column. This is what they mean.

  • BCA: Use Boot Camp Assistant (BCA) to download the latest Boot Camp software. The support software available from Boot Camp Assistant is newer than what is currently available as a manual download.
  • 4 or 5:  These link to the manual download for the related version of the Boot Camp support software you need to install Windows on your Mac. You can also get the right version by using Boot Camp Assistant.
  • DVD: For older Macs, Windows drivers are located on the Mac OS X installation DVD that came with your computer. 
  • Dash "-": This version of Windows is not supported.

MacBook Pro

Mac model Windows 8 64-bit Windows 7 64-bit Windows 7 32-bit Windows Vista 64-bit Windows Vista 32-bit Windows XP 32-bit
MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)

BCA

- - - - -
MacBook Pro
(Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015)
BCA - - - - -
MacBook Pro
(Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014)
BCA BCA - - - -
MacBook Pro
(Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014)
BCA BCA - - - -
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, 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

Mac model Windows 8
64-bit
Windows 7
64-bit
Windows 7
32-bit
Windows Vista
64-bit
Windows Vista
32-bit
Windows XP
32-bit
MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015) BCA - - - - -
MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2015) BCA - - - - -
MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2014) BCA BCA - - - -
MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2014) BCA BCA - - - -

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

Mac model Windows 8
64-bit
Windows 7
64-bit
Windows 7
32-bit
Windows Vista
64-bit
Windows Vista
32-bit
Windows XP
32-bit
MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015) BCA - - - - -
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

Mac model Windows 8
64-bit
Windows 7
64-bit
Windows 7
32-bit
Windows Vista
64-bit
Windows Vista
32-bit
Windows XP
32-bit
iMac (Retina 5k, 27-inch, Mid 2015)

BCA

BCA - - - -
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 menu () > About This Mac, click More Info, then click System Report. Look at the "Model Identifier" line.

Mac mini

Mac model Windows 8
64-bit
Windows 7
64-bit
Windows 7
32-bit
Windows Vista
64-bit
Windows Vista
32-bit
Windows XP
32-bit
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 model Windows 8
64-bit
Windows 7
64-bit
Windows 7
32-bit
Windows Vista
64-bit
Windows Vista
32-bit
Windows XP
32-bit
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 -

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