For some reason I expected installing Windows on a Mac to be relatively easy, with Bootcamp providing some kind of streamlined, easy delivery method.
First step - download Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft. DONE.
Next? I read you should burn the ISO to a DVD. Ok - except - Not Ok - the latest instal file is too large to fit on a DVD.
Can you copy the ISO contents to a FAT32 formatted USB stick and then boot from that? No - some of the contents of the ISO are larger than 4GB, and thus wont copy to a FAT32 disk. You need to use ExFat. But even then - the USB stick will not be bootable. I thought the olden days of Macs was frustrating with needing a blessed system folder… but this is painful.
I turned to Bootcamp… but as the MacPro5,1 that I am trying to instal Windows 10 onto is only running Sierra, Bootcamp 6.0 will not work. It only goes up to Windows 8. I need v6.1 - which I have on my Mac Mini - but, I can’t just copy v6.1 to the MacPro - the app will not run under Sierra. So I move to the Mac Mini to try to finish creating the instal USB…
However - when I try Bootcamp 6.1, with the Win10 ISO file, and a USB stick, it says there’s not enough space. So, I pull the SSD out of the MacPro, run it via a USB-dock on the Mac Mini. It is a 500GB SSD. But, Bootcamp STILL says there is not enough space.
This is apparently a common complaint. The issue apparently is either that one of the partitions that Bootcamp creates is too small for what the latest Win10 needs, and/or when Bootcamp tries to create a temporary cache on your start up drive, it needs contiguous space, and even though my startup has 70GB free, it gives the space error.
All the while having a 14yo harping “is it working yet, is it working yet?”
Give me strength…