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Boot Camp Support Software 5.1.5722

Download the very latest drivers required to use Windows, natively, on your Mac

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 13 August 2015
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Boot Camp Support Software 5
Download the very latest drivers required to use Windows, natively, on your Mac

It's easy to become envious of Apple's recent MacBook Pro's, particularly since the launch of the retina range, which brought a crystal-clear screen resolution to OS X users. Snag is, there are still plenty of users who either do not want to use OS X or, more likely, are forced to use a Windows laptop for their work.

One solution is to use a virtual emulator, such as Parallels for VMware Fusion. A virtualisation tool enables to use Windows on top of of OS X, ideal for testing, running lightweight applications and for sharing files between the two operating systems. What a virtualised version of Windows doesn't do, is enable you to play the most demanding games or applications. For this, you need to run Windows in native mode.

Apple released Boot Camp for OS X users, designed to allow you to run Windows on your Mac, natively. With Boot Camp, you can install Windows and dual-boot, choosing to run either Windows or OS X, when you start your Mac. If you run Windows natively, you are using the full power of your Mac, with dedicated drivers. Ideal for running applications at full speed.

Boot Camp 5 is the brand new version with full support for running Windows 8 (or Windows 7) on your Mac. Note that this version won't support XP or Vista.

It's important to point out that Boot Camp 5 is part of Mac OS X. The download here is the Boot Camp 5 Support Software, which includes the latest drivers. You'll need to extract the downloaded file contents to a USB drive. Follow the install instructions for more information.

Verdict:

Boot Camp is a framework that enables you to run Windows natively on your Mac. Make sure you have the latest drivers so you can install and support Windows 8.

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 1809)

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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