Interested in purchasing a Mac but afraid to leave Windows behind? Consider dual boot! You’ll get the benefits of the Apple hardware and operating system, along with the convenience of Windows. For many users, dual booting is a win-win.

Dual Boot - Apple Logo

Apple Logo (Credit: Marcin Wichary)

What is dual boot?

Dual boot, also known as multi-booting “is the act of installing multiple operating systems on a computer.” This means you can have a computer that is both a Mac and a Windows PC.

Why dual boot?

Dual booting is a less expensive way to get the benefits of different operating systems without owning multiple computers. There are a few reasons why dual booting is helpful.

If you have a software program that only runs on one type of operating system (OS), dual boot is a way to use it without buying a separate computer.

For many people considering Apple products, the security of the operating system is a big draw. However, for some features, the look and feel of the Windows operating system is preferable.

For instance, this blogger prefers the Windows’ version of the Microsoft Office Suite to the Mac version. So, it’s helpful to have dual boot to switch back and forth at will.

Windows Dual Boot

Windows OS (Credit: Dell)

How do I dual boot?

With a new Apple computer, dual booting is supported. Apple provides software called Boot Camp to help with the process. You’ll need to purchase a copy of the Windows OS to install on your computer, too.

The Boot Camp software will help you partition your hard-drive and install Windows on your Mac. If everything goes well, you’ll be able to start up either operating system with the press of a button.

ITM can help!

Sometimes there are hiccups with the Boot Camp process. That’s one reason it’s a good idea to have the professionals assist you. ITM Computing has lots of experience with dual boot. Give us a call if you’d like our help!