question about bootcamping my mac

macOS & Mac Apps

Hi all. so, I'm thinking about duing bootcamp to my mac. Probably stupid, but I want to play more games, and i don't have a windows pc. So, if I where to bootcamp my mac, would this cause any problems? I mean, some people have told me that it might shorten the life expectency of my mac, or cause other problems. My mac is a macbook pro with 8 gb of ram, and I have about 400 and something of free space on the disk. If I bootcamp my mac, will it slow performance or cause any other issues? thanks for any help.



Submitted by Sam T on Wednesday, November 9, 2016

You ought to have no problem, but will require sighted assistance to do so. The minimum Windows OS you can install is Windows 8. I have bootcamped my 2014 MacBook Air with 4Gb Ram and could not be happier with the result.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Wednesday, November 9, 2016

It should not, but once you create that partition if you want to shrink it you must reinstall windows and redoo the boot camp partition. This is why I took mine off and go VM instead.

Submitted by Igna Triay on Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Where do I get a copy of windows to bootcamp my mac?

Submitted by John Farina on Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Hi there,
As k7zum indicated you would need sighted assistance to do the bootcamp install. the other issue I ran in to after trying this several years ago was being unable to determine when to make the choice of mac or windows during the machine startup process since there is no speech at that time.
With that in mind I decided to remove bootcamp and go with a virtual machine using vmware. this product by the way is the only virtual machine product I am aware of that will allow the assistive technology such as windows screen readers to operate.
As for where to get windows, you might try amazon, perhaps you can still get windows 7 however I would recommend moving to windows 10 at this point.

Submitted by Joseph Westhouse on Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Maybe other people's experiences have been different, but from my personal experience I'd strongly recommend against using a VM for playing audio games. My VM worked well enough for basic tasks but once I got into anything like a game that required more processing power it would get very slow. On the other hand, my Bootcamp machine works as well or better than any Windows machine I've ever owned. And you have tons more hard drive space than me so you should be fine.

Regarding the issue with selecting the startup disk when booting, this shouldn't be an issue either. Install something like Bootchamp and you can choose to boot directly from one OS into the other. So when i'm done playing my game on Windows, I just go to Bootchamp in the task bar, select "Restart in Mac OS", and the computer restarts. Since I have a SSD, the whole process takes maybe 10 seconds. If I happen to boot into the "wrong" OS, it's no big deal because I can just reboot into the one I want by using Bootchamp.

Oh by the way, my Bootchamp actually gives me an error when trying to reboot into Windows, which is annoying, but even this isn't a problem, since you can go to the Startup Disc panel in the System Preferences and select a drive to boot into from there. Couple extra steps, but works just as well.

Hope that helps, and if you need any details on any of the stuff I talked about above, let me know!

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Wednesday, November 9, 2016

I use vmware to play games, in fact it is very responsive with a key board delay of about 169MS. I even use a vm to do my school work if any.

Submitted by Joseph Westhouse on Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Well, I'm a little envious of your success. What sort of games are you playing? My MBP has 8GB of RAM and a decent processor so I'm assuming your specs aren't that much better than mine, unless you have something top-of-the-line? It's entirely possible my experience is unique to me, but all I know is that the games I tried on my VM did not play nice.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Thursday, November 10, 2016

I'm playinb BK-iii and manamon plus rhythm rage. You can hear some of the demos at

Submitted by Daniel Angus M… on Monday, November 21, 2016

Club AppleVis Member

so to get the Windows 10 iso file for bootcamp, go to if you're not signed up for Microsoft's Windows Insider Program, do so at this point. then go to download and after selecting for PC the iso should be their ready to download. If you go this root, you'll be a beta tester, willing or not. this is the only legal way tp get Windows.

Submitted by Apple Khmer on Monday, November 21, 2016

You can purchase WINDOWS from Microsoft's website. You'll need to use a media tool kit to convert the file in to an iso file. You can also BootCamp your Mac without sighted assistance. You'll just have to do a few extra things. You can find instructions on how to do that <a href="…; and <a href="…; There used to be a podcast on here demonstrating installation with a USB and/or CD talking installer, but it looks like that podcast is no longer available.

Submitted by Daniel Angus M… on Monday, November 21, 2016

Club AppleVis Member

so now that Windows 10 is available for purchase, people who want to bootcamp with Windows 10 have two choice of getting it for free, through the Windows Insider Program, or buying it through Microsoft. it's good theirs a choice for those people who have no interest in beta testing.