Windows 10 on OS X

The Windows 10 Technical Preview is now available for free download and trial, but just because you’re on a Mac doesn’t mean you have to be left out of the fun. Windows 10 brings new features to the table like Cortana voice assistant integration, improved multitasking, and more.

In this full tutorial, I’ll show you how to install Windows 10 Technical Preview on your Mac using VMware Fusion. In the video walkthrough, I show you how to install Windows 10 on your Mac in less than 15 minutes.

Preliminary steps

Step 1: Download the Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO file from Microsoft and save it to your desktop. To do this, you’ll have to be a part of Microsoft’s “Windows Insider Program”, but that’s free.

Step 2: Download VMWare Fusion on your Mac and mount the DMG file by double-clicking it

Step 3: Double-click on the VMware and click Open to begin the installation process

Step 4: VMware will request your administrator password, enter the password and click OK

Step 5: Click the radio button next to “I want to try VMware Fusion 7 for 30 days.” and click Continue

Step 6: Type in a bogus email address, and click Continue, unless you really want to receive emails from VMware

Step 7: VMware will request your administrator password again, enter the password and click OK

Step 8: Uncheck the “Yes, I would like to help improve VMware Fusion.” box and click Done

Installing Windows 10 on your virtual machine

Step 1: Select Install from disc or image and click Continue

Step 2: Click the Use another disc or disc image… and navigate to your Mac’s Downloads folder and find the Windows10_TechnicalPreview_x64_EN-US_9926.iso file and click Open and Continue

Step 3: Click Customize Settings and click Save to save the .vmwarevm file to your ~/Documents/Virtual Machines folder

Step 4: Click Processors & Memory and change the top drop-down box to at least 4 processor cores if possible. Since I have 8 processor cores on my Mac, I choose 4, since that’s half. If you only have 4, then select 2. Use your best judgement here

Step 5: For Memory, you can use the recommended suggestion, but I recommend using at least a 4th of the available memory on your machine. For example, I have 16GB of memory, so I set the Memory settings to 4096

Step 6: Click the Show All button and click Hard Disk. Set the Hard Disk space to your desired amount. You can stick with the system recommendation, but I recommend a minimum of 40GB, preferably 60GB.

Step 7: After setting the Hard Disk settings, click the red ‘x’ in the upper right-hand corner to close the customization options

Step 8: Click the Play button to begin the Windows 10 Technical Preview installation

Step 9: Click Next on the initial Windows Setup page and click Install Now

Step 10: Click the checkbox next to I accept the license terms and click Next

Step 11: Click Custom: Install Windows only (advanced) and click Next

Step 12: The installation process will begin. Windows will copy files, prepare files for installation, install feature, update, and finally, finish up the install process. Just hold tight during this part, as it may be lengthy depending on your machine’s specs

Step 13: Windows will restart and continue to prepare the installation, then restart again

Step 14: After the second restart, you’ll be met with the setup screen. I recommend clicking Use express settings

Step 15: You’ll be asked to fill in account information like User name, and password; once you do, click Finish

Step 16: Windows will continue to configure the setup and install apps, once it finishes, you’ll be at the desktop ready to go

Installing VMware Tools

There is one final thing that you’ll need to do to completely finish your Windows 10 installation, and that involves installing VMware Tools. This toolkit contains the necessary drivers and settings to complete your installation, and ensure the best working environment. VMware Tools also makes it possible to gain the best resolution settings for your display.

Step 1: To install VMware Tools, click the Virtual Machine → Install VMware Tools in the menu bar

Step 2: A pop-up box will appear, click the Install button

Step 3: Open Windows Explorer, select the DVD Drive, and double-click on the setup64 file

Step 4: Click Yes on the User Account Control pop-up box

Step 5: Click Next on the VMware Tools Setup screen

Step 6: Select Typical setup and click Next

Step 7: Click Install to begin the VMware Tool installation

Step 8: Click Finish once the setup wizard is completed

Step 9: Click Yes once asked to restart your system

Step 10: Your virtual machine installation will restart, and Windows 10 will reboot complete and ready to use

Be sure to watch our full video walkthrough above. In this video, I show you the entire process from beginning to end as I install Windows 10. After you download both Windows 10 and VMware, you can have your Windows 10 installation running in less than 15 minutes.

What do you think about Windows 10?

  • Kroffy

    It was a pretty nice video, even though I would find it easy to install and probably woudn’t need a video showing me how to do it, I watched it entirely. You keep the video interesting while Windows is restarting 4 or 5 times, good job !

    About Windows 10, I’m looking forward to put my hands on it. I have a Macbook Pro and a Windows 8.1 desktop computer, and I like them both the same way.

    • Thanks, I had fun creating it. Especially nice in 2160p (4K).

  • johneshenk

    thank you! – is it possible to do this with parallels?

    • Yes

      • The Zlatan

        Jeff, love your background. Is there a possibility that you might share it?

  • ilikeiphone

    I have used these programs (parallels and VMware) and it is just a awful experience…

    • Why do you say that? It’s great. How long ago did you do this? Most importantly, did you install the Tools package? That makes a huge difference in performance.

      • ilikeiphone

        Hi Jeff, nice to get a reply from you (I actually listen to you podcast right now).

        For me this virtual machines concept don’t work at all. But on the other hand i have not used the tools package what i can remember. Maybe I should delete it all and start over. I really lite the interface of parallels but it is so slow that i can’t handle it… as i said, i may give it another shot.

      • Matatanps

        Hi Jeff I would like to know where can I get the preview windows 10 copy from?

      • Step 1 in the article

      • Ian Leon

        I think the fusion one is the best

      • Stephaughn Alston

        Just out of curiosity, what exactly are you doing that you need 8 cores?

  • Virtualising it isn’t really installing it on a Mac 😛

    I’d be impressed if you used BootCamp to install it. Then again the drivers probably wouldn’t work properly and the whole thing would likely be a shamble since Windows 10 is still in development…

  • Even Mac users are part the 2 million+ Windows Insider testers…great diversity of feedbacks to make the most versatile OS even more versatile. Have you given any feedback Jeff?

  • jcevans21

    Could i install TaiG to jailbreak 8.1.2 on this VM? also it seemed Parallels installed tones of extra windows stuff on my mac. Does VMware do this also?

    • Utrarunner5

      No VMware is much cleaner. When you are installing Windows just make sure you check isolated instead of seamless and then there will be no file mirroring to and from your mac.

      • jcevans21

        Thanks! It was annoying as hell getting rid of all the parallels files. Do you know if I can run TaiG on this?

      • Utrarunner5

        Yes. I just downloaded it to try it out. Just make sure you download and install iTunes first. Taig needs that to jailbreak your device. Just follow the tutorial on IDB

  • Jonathan Talbot

    Nice video! but much easier to do it with parallels 😉

  • Lhu

    after 30days I have to purchase VMware fusion 7 to keep using windows 10?

  • Aaron de Silva

    If you have parallels 10 (I think that’s the latest version) you can install Windows 10 directly by clicking new virtual machine and it will download and install automatically

  • Utrarunner5

    I started out as a Windows user, but when I met Mac. I fell in love. I do work on Windows for gaming or work, but I prefer mac. Anyways, why I said all this is because I really think that Windows 10 feels more like OS X. I mean there is a Notification area on the left of the screen. OS X has had notification center since Mountain Lion. Windows 10 even has a search feature in the task bar…sounds a lot like spotlight to me.

    Just saying that I don’t normally like working on Windows, but if I had to I wouldn’t mind working with this one.

    • Spycer0

      “I fell in love”… That’s so cute!!

  • Shane Davenport

    The author doesn’t actually have 8 processor cores. There are only 4 core with Hyper-Threading which makes it look like 8. You should choose no more than 2 cores under processors.