Unfortunately, Star Wars: The Old Republic doesn't run natively on Mac OS X, some argue it should, some say that Macs are aimed at anything else but gaming. I disagree with this conception, but truth is, there are alot of Mac users out there that want to play SWTOR on their OS X machines. Fortunately, this isn't a big problem since Intel generation Macs can run both OS X and Windows. So, the question remains, how do I install Windows on my Mac? Simple...introducing BootCamp
BootCamp is an application that's already included with your Mac operating system that can run Windows as dual boot. So, before getting into the installation details, what do we need to have is:
- Mac OS X 10.5+ (unfortunately it doesn't work on 10.4 Tiger).
- the install DVD for your Mac OS X
- a DVD with the Windows Installation Kit (Vista or Windows 7 recommended)
- at least 20 Gb of free space on your Mac for the Windows partition (you can go with less, but you might want to install stuff on Windows too)
- check if you have all your firmware updates installed (click Apple button > Software Updates)
Also, you may want to take a look at these BootCamp FAQ's for installing Windows 7
, before your adventure, just in case.
Now, follow these 10 simple steps to install Windows 7 onto your Mac:
1. Just as a measure of precaution, close any application that's running on your Mac OS X. That includes browsers, instant messengers etc.
2. Update BootCamp to its latest version or at least 3.1 - BootCamp official download page
3. Open BootCamp Assistant (Finder -> Applications -> Utilities)
4. Click Continue after you launch it (you may need to authenticate again with your user/pass)
5. Now BootCamp will ask you how much do you want to allocate to the Windows partition - again, we advise at least 20 Gb, but if you can afford it, go with 30 Gigs.
6. Press the Partition
button (the process will not take long)
7. You will now notice a BootCamp partition drive icon on your desktop. Optionally, you can format this partition now, but it's not necessary since you will format it when you install Windows. If you want to format it, click on it, Options
, then Format
8. Insert your Windows 7 DVD into the drive and when prompted, click Start Installation
9. Don't be scared, your Mac will boot and you will be prompted to choose a partition on which you want Windows to be installed. You will choose the BootCamp partition
.This is the sensitive part, don't choose another partition than BootCamp, or you can say bye bye to your Mac OS X installation.
10. With the BootCamp partition selected, press Format
to begin your installation of Windows 7.
It's done, now you have Windows 7 installed on your Mac. Everytime you reboot your machine, you will be prompted if you want to boot the Windows drive or the Mac OS X drive. If you choose the first, you'll boot Windows 7, where you will have your SWTOR installation. if you're bothered by the dual boot bit, you can also have Windows installed as a virtual machine
, through Parallels for Mac
. Bad part, it costs 80$..good part, you can run Windows 7 window style in Mac OS X. If you are considering this option, don't get your hopes up, I've found that games run slower using Parallels and BootCamp is a more viable option.