Do you have an older, unsupported Mac that you’d like to install Windows 10 on? In this article I’m going to show you how to install Windows 10 and all of the necessary device drivers including the mouse, back-lit keyboard, sound card, etc.
The first step is to use Boot Camp to partition and format the hard drive.
The video below describes that process.
The Boot Camp Assistant gives you the option to Create a Windows 7, 8 or 10 install disk. This step requires a USB flash drive as the Assistant will download the recommended drivers based on your make and model. Please note, the drivers downloaded to the USB drive may not be usable.
Windows 10 Successfully Installed
At this point I assume you have Windows 10 successfully installed using the Boot Camp Assistant instructions featured in the video above. For the newer supported Macs, a Device Driver install wizard appears. On older Macs it does not. If you look at the contents of the USB drive you should see a folder labeled WindowsSupport.
Upon selecting the Setup file to begin the Official Boot Camp software and driver installation, I received an error message saying this version of Windows is not supported. For most people this is where they stop.
Getting Past the Windows Boot Camp Install Issue
The first thing you’ll need to do is download the latest version of the Boot Camp Assistant for Windows. As of writing this article the current version is 5.1.5769.
If you’re finding this article after 2016 it may be best to search for the latest version. Use the following Google search term, “Download Boot Camp Support Software”.
Open the downloaded .zip file and copy the BootCamp folder to the root of C:.
To launch the setup process we’ll need to use the Command Prompt to install in Elevated User Mode. If right-click works just right-click on the Windows Start button and select Command Prompt (Admin).
Next click on File > Run new task.
This will begin the full Boot Camp Assistant installation. Once finished you’ll have a new icon located in the task bar. This is where you’ll enable right-click for the mouse.
Bonus: Free Upgrade to Windows 10
The free upgrade to Windows 10 stopped July 29, 2016. There is still a way to install Windows 10 at no cost for a limited time using the Microsoft link below.
Microsoft stills allows Assistive Technology users to download Windows 10. If you’re running Windows 7 or 8 the upgrade process is seamless. Simply download their installation assistant and follow the instructions.
I had an old copy of Windows 7 Ultimate that I upgraded to Windows 10 Pro at no cost using the link above on 10/28/2016. There’s no word on when this free offer expires.
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