Superb tool for running Windows 8 natively on your Intel Mac
Platform: Windows 8 compatible, Windows 7, Windows 7 64-bit
License: Full commercial application
Number of downloads: 10716
We don’t feature a great deal of Mac-specific software, but sometimes there needs to be an exception. Apple Boot Camp is this exception and, with the release of Boot Camp 5 (supplied with OS 10.8.3). If you want to run Windows on your Mac, natively, Boot Camp is the only option.
Boot Camp isn’t virtual technology. It’s not based around emulation. It doesn’t run slowly on your computer, nor does it run on top of Mac OS X. However, it’s also a doddle to install. Really, it is. It’s simple.
To get started with Boot Camp, you install the application on your Mac, on OS X. From here, you can create a Windows partition on your hard drive and then burn a Windows driver CD. Next, grab your copy of Windows 8 (or Windows 7), install to your new Windows partition. You can then choose to boot directly to Windows or Mac OS X. If you need to change this in the future, you can hold down the Alt key on your keyboard and you can choose between Winshdows or Mac OS X.
Boot Camp is native to your computer, which means that it uses the hardware built-in to your Intel Mac. This means it’s ideal for playing games that require direct access to your graphics card. You’ll get proper drivers so Windows recognises your graphics card, CPU and other technologies. It also means that Windows runs rather quickly on a Mac.
Boot Camp Support Software 5 is the additional components required to get the latest drivers on to Boot Camp, after installation. Download the ZIP file, extract to a USB drive and install on your native Windows installation.