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  1. Swollen Electrolytes
    June 22, 2015

    You can also use the command line hdiutil and dd tools in two step process, converting the ISO to IMG, then writing the IMG to target disk:

    Convert Windows 10 ISO to IMG file:

    hdiutil convert -format UDRW -o ~/path/to/Windows10.img ~/path/to/Windows10.iso

    Then dd to copy the img to the USB disk by ID#:

    sudo dd if=/path/to/Windows10.img of=/dev/rdisk### bs=1m

    I actually did this recently with Windows 10 IP ISO using an article you wrote about this a few weeks ago as the basis:


    • Thomas
      February 3, 2016

      This step converting ISO to IMG with hdiutil is weird. I did that and the resulting file is identical to the ISO.

      $ md5 Win10_1511_German_x64.*
      MD5 (Win10_1511_German_x64.img) = 4d43d038d6f836e812ec006810735145
      MD5 (Win10_1511_German_x64.iso) = 4d43d038d6f836e812ec006810735145

      I just can’t boot from it.

  2. Joseph
    June 22, 2015

    Great for Boot Camp, and Boot Camp is cool on the Mac, but as many people have noticed, Windows 10 runs better and faster on the same hardware than OS X Yosemite (and even slower than OS X El Capitan, LOL), so yea, not a bad idea to run Windows 10 if you want performance. It’s a bit of a setup, but yea, faster, but it’s still Windows. Goes to show how low quality OS X is nowadays when Windows is faster on the same Mac… heh.

    • Rudi
      June 23, 2015

      Who wants a Microsaft program loader on a Mac ;-)

    • Pixelgraph
      June 23, 2015

      Do you mean Windows 10 is slower than OS X El Capitan?

    • Get Bent
      August 28, 2015

      Yeah, that’s not even remotely accurate, you worthless, pathetic shill.

      • Pune Juice
        August 28, 2015

        Actually, Windows 10 does run better than OS X Yosemite on a MacBook




        On a MacBook:

        “[Windows 10]is fast. It’s smooth. It renders at 60FPS unless you have a lot going on. It’s unequivocally better than performance on OS X, further leading me to believe that Apple really needs to overhaul how animations are done. Even when I turn Transparency off in OS X, Mission Control isn’t completely smooth. Here, even after some Aero Glass transparency has been added in, everything is smooth.”

        Perhaps being a little more critical of Apple would nudge them to prioritize performance in OS X more? It’s desperately needed, OS X Yosemite is a slow piece of junk.

      • Get Bent
        June 20, 2016

        That’s the fault of the MacBook, not OS X itself.

    • :D
      February 16, 2017

      I really don’t think that’s true. Not that I’m a fanboy, just a fan of logic and factual evidence.

      There’s just articles of some student reporting that Windows 10 runs faster on his 1 month old mac. There are so many different factors involved here, and there is no legitimate evidence: only his subjective claims.

      a. macs are slower while learning your behaviour, so is windows in some ways
      b. this doesn’t show what he has installed on both OS
      c. this doesn’t show if his mac os was a clean install, whereas the windows install would be
      d. doesn’t take into account that a mac os should be faster on it’s own hardware, for technical reasons.
      e. Yosemite is dated, and windows 10 was buggy af when it was released.

      We shouldn’t just make such statements like they are fact. There is no proof, no evidence, no actual statistic to show. I would love to see some that are made by people that truly understand how to test things for performance without gaps in their scientific testing models.

      But referencing some random kid from college? wtf.

  3. Joseph
    June 22, 2015

    And FYI you should be able to use that same Windows Installer for installing Windows 10 onto a PC as well, even though you made it on your Mac from a Windows 10 ISO and has the Boot Camp files.

    • Rudi
      July 29, 2015

      This is exactly the information I came down to the comments section for, thank you :)

      • Jaritshy
        July 30, 2015

        Did it work?

      • fl00w
        March 10, 2016

        +1 me too

    • CE
      September 6, 2015

      I also came exactly for this info. Thank you!

    • Vadim
      November 5, 2015

      That is what I looking for. Thanks a lot!

      • Timothy
        January 11, 2016

        Me too, thanks a lot. Cheers

    • DJS
      February 11, 2016

      Funny, not working for me. I just get a blinking cursor.

      • LEW
        March 17, 2016

        I get the same thing.

      • William
        April 14, 2016

        Is it working now? And is this the only way to create a bootable USB with windows 10 from a mac?

  4. r tertmini
    June 22, 2015

    For some reason I don’t get the same dialog box as shown in the instructions. It doesn’t give me the option to create a windows 8 install disk

    • mmme
      June 22, 2015

      To create a Windows 8 or newer install disk you need OS X Yosemite (10.10) or El Capitan (10.11), older versions of OS X will offer a Windows 7 installer, etc.

      • r tertmini
        June 22, 2015

        I am running Yosemite. version 10.10.3

      • Red Five
        August 11, 2016

        Running El Capitan 10.11.6, Boot Camp Assistant 6.0.1, it talks about Windows 7 and does not even recognize my 8GB thumb drive. Doesn’t recognize my 1TB Windows drive, either.

    • qwerty
      June 28, 2015

      This option is only available if your mac has no DVD drive

      • asdaws
        May 30, 2016

        I appear to be having the same issue, El Capitain 10.11.5, however the dvd drive is none functioning is there anyway around it?

  5. r tertmini
    June 22, 2015

    Boot Camp version 5.14

    • JF
      July 3, 2015

      Hi, What do you mean BootCamp 5.14 ?
      You get this version when you make your USB drive?

  6. tron3.0
    June 22, 2015

    You also need a recent mac. i.e. I have a 2010 macbook pro 13 and my bootcamp won’t let me go any higher than Win 7 even though I have Yosemite. VMware runs Win 8 fine though.

  7. Rudy
    June 22, 2015

    I’m just not interested in running any Window on my Mac. I would rather keep it pure and probably a lower security risk.

  8. Wharf Xanadu
    June 22, 2015

    Good to know but I like OS x

  9. mojoron
    June 22, 2015


    • itm
      June 22, 2015

      Many reasons to run Windows on a Mac.

      Gaming in Windows is far superior to OS X, better video card drivers and more games.

      Compatibility for work and school.


        June 23, 2015

        UNLESS THE SCHOOL SPECIFIES APPLE iPad ( which my granddaughter’s school does ) Plus more reasons to buy mac hardware than DEL, TOSHIBA, SONY etc, etc

  10. Wharf Xanadu
    June 22, 2015

    Microsoft now says no free upgrade to final. LOL, its free, then it’s not, then it’s free, now back track again. Wow.


  11. Inderjeet
    June 22, 2015

    I like my default mac interface. Don’t want to install any type of windows on my system.

  12. Pranav
    June 23, 2015

    Will it Run on my CUSTOMIZED Early 2011 13″ MacBook Pro, i have installed Windows 8 pro via bootcamp already, (only supports install via DVD not USB)

    Specs are

    Core i5 2.3GHz Dual Core
    4 GB Ram
    New Replaced Toshiba 500 GB HDD faster than the Hutachi one it came with
    Intel HD 3000 GPU

  13. Pranav
    June 23, 2015

    What is the total RAM Consumption of Windows 10??
    Wil my Games run even Faster than Windows 8??

  14. Pranav
    June 23, 2015

    Mr “itm” Windows are good for gaming, your right but

    El Capitan OS has Metal for Mac with 10x better performance for games as well as apps, cant say windows is best anymore for gaming.

    • crimsonfancy
      June 23, 2015

      I’ve been trying to make a decision about running Windows on my MBP Retina for Steam gaming specifically. Are you saying it would be in my best interest to wait for El Capitan / Metal? I’m just a casual gamer anyway… but some servers with game mods cause me to crash or lock-up. If so, I’m really glad I read the comments this time… Thanks.

      • crazyfingers
        June 23, 2015

        Games should run better in OS X with Metal and El Capitan assuming the game developers take advantage of Metal technologies. But would not be surprised if performance was still better in Windows, there’s just much more gaming support, DirectX, etc.

  15. Win4Ever
    June 23, 2015

    I have numerous Macs and as soon as I get one, I delete whatever version of OS crap is on it and install Windows. None of this OS x crap on my Macs. After reading on here about all the whiners of Yosemite, and this doesn’t work, that doesn’t work, my WiFi drops, iOS sucks, I am staying with Windows 4ever.

    Leave the darkside kiddos, and get a real OS.

    • Sebby
      June 24, 2015

      You poor, poor creature. What did they do to you?

      In two minds about switching back to Windows myself, but honestly, every time I try I’m reminded painfully why I switched to OS X in the first place.

      But you’re right, Apple make great hardware.

    • red
      September 3, 2015

      Not entirely sure why you spend anytime here then if your so gung-ho about windows. also while i agree that apple hardware tends to be of good quality for the most part it is by no means the best. apple tends to run lower specs because the software is not as demanding as windows and other OS’s are. If you use windows i think you would be getting more bang for your buck by getting different hardware with better specs, like “alienware” maybe or a custom setup.

    • DJS
      February 11, 2016

      troll on, troll

  16. Yury
    June 29, 2015

    Running MBA mid-2013 i7 with 8gb, when I try to create a bootable usb using the bootcamp assistant it says it only supports Win7 or later.
    Any suggestions please?

    • ys
      June 29, 2015

      Yes, Windows 10 is later than Windows 7, it is supported.

      • jefatmem
        June 30, 2015

        Same problem here….received the following wrror message as well ;”Your bootable USB drive could not be created. Boot Camp only supports Windows 7 or later installation on this platform. Please use an ISO file for Windows 7 or later installation.”

        Using the x64 IOS downloaded from the link provided above.

    • Yury
      June 30, 2015

      I’ve managed to solve the issue by downloading the enterprise version of Win10. Can’t really say why this is the solution or whats wrong with the regular version but I dont care.

      Now that Win10 is running I can honestly say that I’m not that happy with the overall performance and some other issues as well. For example, the fans are constantly up, sometime it takes forever for the OS to respond and whole lot of other issues as well.

      I know its a good combination I have here – pre-release OS running on a non supported bootcamp version but still was hoping for something whole lot better than this.

      Parallels here I come! back…

    • Dylan
      July 29, 2015

      I just had the same problem – it looks like the iso had mounted itself somehow. I went into Disk Utility and right click -> “remove” the iso, and then the boot camp assistant let me create the drive

      • Anonymous
        December 31, 2015

        Brilliant, thank you!

      • Allan
        February 1, 2016

        I tried unmounting and removing but the ISO keeps remounting and it keeps giving me the same error.

  17. Spyware
    July 8, 2015

    Better read the privacy agreement first. This preview is going to track every key stroke.

    “data we may collect include your name, email address, preferences and interests; location, browsing, search and file history; phone call and SMS data; device configuration and sensor data; voice, text and writing input; and application usage.”

  18. Pranav
    July 25, 2015

    Will the windows 10 public release work my macbook pro 13″ eary 2011 as the drivers are latest by downloading 5.1.5621 and while launching bootcamp it shows option as install windows 7 or later

    While on new macs it shows Install Windows 8 or later

    Does this mean my mac will not support Windows 10 as apple hasnt updated the drivers for old macs for windows 10??

    Plz reply

  19. Mike Wyatt
    July 26, 2015

    For anyone receiving the “Your bootable USB drive could not be created. Boot Camp only supports Windows 7 or later installation on this platform. Please use an ISO file for Windows 7 or later installation.” message:

    I had my .iso mounted, simply umounting it allowed Boot Camp assistant to continue. Hopefully the same will work for you.

    • Ratheen
      July 27, 2015

      Problem must be that you are running an older mac (pre 2010) https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4897066?tstart=0

    • Pete
      August 12, 2015

      Had the same problem, Thanks!

    • Ishil
      May 20, 2016

      Thank you so much! :) I was confused before seeing this.

  20. Dale
    July 30, 2015

    When is the next part of the article coming out? Maybe you can address what to do if I get a Boot Camp assistant message “Disk cannot be partitioned because some files cannot be movied”. “…use Disk Utility to format it as a single Mac OS Extended (Journaled) volume”.

    • DAN
      July 30, 2015

      This is an article about creating a Windows 10 installer drive with a USB flash key or flash disk, it’s done from OS X. You can then use that Windows 10 installer drive to install Windows 10 onto a Mac with Boot Camp, or if you skip the boot camp and just burn the ISO, you can install it onto a Windows PC. What ‘next part’ are you talking about? You want a walkthrough on how to click the ‘install’ button or what?

  21. Rune Smistad
    August 16, 2015

    Note: You can run 64bit Bootcamp and Windows 10 on Macs as old as 2009, and get all the perks of the BootCamp control Panel – and get to use the full amount of RAM. . I managed to run 64bit BootCamp and Windows 10 on an iMac from 2008. Works as a charm, and runs smoothly!

  22. Teliican
    September 15, 2015

    would I be able to use this stick to reboot a PC?

  23. Jeff
    November 11, 2015

    This is NOT working for windows 32 bit! It only works with the 64 bit iso!

    • 64bit roni
      November 12, 2015

      Yes correct, new Intel Macs are 64 bit and must use the 64 bit ISO. You can use the old 32bit ISO but it won’t install on new Macs.

  24. Mohsen
    November 17, 2015

    Hi how are you?
    i tried to instill windows 10 in my mac and it show me (your bootable USB drive could not be created)
    Boot Camp only supports windows 7 or later installation on this platform. please use an ISO file for windows 7 or later installation by the way i download the windows 10 but i could not instill it

  25. Courtney
    January 17, 2016


  26. Human Being
    February 22, 2016

    But what if I’m going to install Windows on a PC?

  27. Arsenio
    March 28, 2016

    I have installed windows 10 on iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2015), which has OS X El Capitan. I have issues as magic mouse is not working on windows side and the key board has issues with special characters. Can anyone help please? I believe that microsoft hasn’t release windows 10 usb drivers that support OS X El Capitan

  28. Tony
    August 30, 2016

    Needs more pipes to pv

  29. K
    October 29, 2016

    I have to say that this thread is old and it’s super easy to use etcher. Just install etcher and use it — boom, done.

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