Microsoft recently announced its upcoming version of Windows OS i.e. Windows 11. It has a new start menu, taskbar icons are aligned to left, a widget that shows content curated specially for you offers new ways to connect with your loved ones, and even more.
The first build of Windows 11 is already available for early adopters and interested users have started installing it on their supported devices. You can our detailed post on How to install Windows 11. During installation, if you get an error message that says This PC Can’t Run Windows 11, then you can click the link to bypass this.
How to Install Windows 11 on Mac using Boot Camp
If you landed on this blog, then it is highly possible that want to try the refreshingly new Windows 11 OS, but you have a Mac desktop or laptop, right?
Fortunately, it is possible to install Windows 11 on Mac and in this blog post, we will share step-by-step instructions on how to do that:
Things to keep in mind:
We would like to tell you to have the following workaround is meant for users who own devices with Intel Processor running Mac OS. If you own a Mac powered by Apple’s M1/M2 Chips, then check out these instructions: How to Install Windows 11 on Mac M1/M2 Chips Using Parallels Desktop
What you’ll require
- A device with Intel Powered Chip
- Latest and official ISO image of Windows 10 (Learn how to do that)
- Latest ISO image of Windows 11 (Insider Preview)
- ISO Manager likes AnytoISO. Grab it from here
If you made upto this line, then we can assume that you have all the things that are required to complete the installation of Windows 11 on Mac, right?
First of all, you need to mount Windows 10 ISO image. For that, Right-click on the Windows 10 ISO Image, and select Open with > Disk ImageMounter. Doing this will open the window showing you all the files available in the ISO image.
Select all files, right-click, and then select “Copy 8 items“.
Create a new folder on the desktop. For that, right-click and select New Folder. You name it Build or anything according to your choice.
Open the new folder, right-click, and select Paste 8 items.
Now unmount the Windows 10 ISO image. For that, right-click and select Eject.
Following step one, you need to mount ISO image of Windows 11. Right-click > Open With > Disk ImageMounter. The window containing all the files and folder of ISO images will appear.
Open the Source folder and look for a file with the name Install.wim. Once you find it, right-click, select Copy Install.wim from the menu, and then temporarily paste it on the desktop.
Right-click on the Install.wim file on the desktop, then select Get info.
In the Get info window, you need to head over to Name & Extension. Here, you need to find Install.wim. You need to edit and rename it to Install.esd.
Once done, hit enter. A warning dialog box will appear, click Use .esd. After that, close the Get info window.
Doing this will change Install.wim file to Install.esd.
Next, you need to open Build folder that we have created above. Open the Sources folder, and look for Install.esd file.
Once you find it, right-click and select Move to Trash.
To achieve this, you will be asked for a user account password, and enter it to complete the process.
After that, you need to copy-paste the install.esd file (the one that we renamed from install.wim to install.esd) from Windows 11 and paste it to the Build folder.
When a dialog box appears, click Authenticate and then again enter the account password to confirm the action.
At this point, you have successfully created the Windows 11 files that are required to complete the installation of Windows 11.
Open ISO Make app i.e. AnytoISO and in the tool switch to Folder to ISO.
Click on the Browse for folder button and select the Build folder available on the desktop, and click Open.
Now, click on the Make ISO button.
Wait for a few seconds so that AnytoISO can create an ISO image of Windows 11. When ISO is done, this is how it looks like:
Next, you need to click on Go > Utilities.
From Utilities folder, you need to launch Boot Camp Assistant.
In the Boot Camp Assistant window, click on the Continue button.
Here, you need to select Boot Camp partition size. You need a 64 GB or a larger storage device.
After that, click on Choose button next to the ISO image option and select the ISO image of Windows 11 that we have created using AnytoISO above, and click Open.
Next, click on the Install button.
Now Boot Camp Assistant will connect to an internet connection and start downloading all the files, apps, and drivers required for the proper functioning of Windows 11.
You will be asked to enter the password.
Now your device will reboot and start the installation of Windows 11 on your Mac. During the installation, you will see the following screen:
Setup screen where you need to enter language, time, and currency, and Keyboard or input method, click Next.
Product key screen, where you need to enter the product key or skip it for later, click Next.
Select edition of Windows 11 that you would like to install on your Mac, and click Next.
Accept terms and conditions, click Next.
Windows 11 installation screen will appear. Here, you need to wait for the installation to complete.
Once done, the system will reboot.
Next, you need will see the new OOBE screen of Windows 11. Again enter the details depending on your requirements.
Select, Region and then click Yes.
Select Internet connection to continue the setup and then click the Next button.
Now, you need to fill in some privacy settings. You can manage them later. Once Windows 11 setup is done on your device, you will see the Windows 11 Homescreen.
After that, you need to open Boot Camp Assistant from the background and then click Next,
Here, select that you Accept the license agreement and then click the Install button. Doing this will start installing all the important files, apps, and drivers require for properly working Windows 11 on Mac.
Once done, you need to check the box for “Restart System (recommended)” and then Finish. Your device will reboot and this completes the installation of Windows 11 on the Mac
Congratulation, you’re now running Windows 11 on your Mac. Why don’t you give it a try and let us know your opinion in the comments?
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