Student-Owned Computing: Windows on Macs

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Much of the software used in the College of Engineering is only for Windows. However, you can still use a Mac to get your work done.

Only Need Windows Occasionally?

If you are only going to need to use Windows occasionally, you have some options available to you.

One option for engineering students is to use one of the many Eos labs. Of course, engineering students can log in to Unity labs as well. Eos lab computers are basically Unity lab computers with additional engineering software.

Another option is to use VCL, the Virtual Computing Lab, available to N.C. State students, faculty, and staff. This is a service that allows you to remotely use a computer via the Internet; it is much like going to a lab without having to physically travel anywhere.

It is also possible to install Windows on your Mac, which is a convenient option if you will frequently be using Windows.

Steps To Install Windows on your Mac

It’s not too hard to get set up. It might look daunting at first, but once it’s set up, you’ll have both a Mac and a PC on one computer. We are happy to help with this process at our ITECS Service desks.

  1. Get a copy of Windows. All NCSU students are now entitled to a copy of Windows 10.
  2. Decide how you want to run Windows. We recommend using Boot Camp, as it is officially supported by Apple. It allows you to choose whether you want to run Windows or OS X when the computer starts. To switch to the other OS, you simply reboot.
  3. Prepare. Make sure that you have backed up any important data, just in case something goes wrong. It is very rare that installing Boot Camp causes any data loss.
  4. Install Windows. Once Windows is installed, you treat it like any other Windows computer. That means keeping the OS and programs updated and installing an antivirus client.
  5. Use Windows when you need it. Install and use Windows software just as you would on a PC.