Apple warns about compatibility with Windows 10 Creators Update with Boot Camp

Last month Apple released a support article about installing Windows 10 Creators Update on a Mac: First-time installations of Windows 10 Creators Update are not currently compatible with Boot Camp Assistant on macOS. Apple and Microsoft are working to resolve this issue. In the meantime, users wishing to use Windows 10 Creators Update on a Mac can…

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Winclone 6 and WIM (Windows Imaging Format)

  Last month we released Winclone 6 and customers have been using it to migrate and clone Boot Camp partitions on the whole range of Macs that support Boot Camp (including USB-C Macs).  Winclone 6 sports a fancy new look, but the big changes are under the hood.  One of the goals for Winclone 6 was…

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Read Windows Registry / BCD files in macOS

One of the surprisingly challenging tasks when working with Bootcamp partition is finding a consistent way to find the version of Windows that has been installed.  Applications running in Windows can look up this value in the registry, but apps running in macOS don’t have that ability.  However, I recently have been using the hivex…

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Winclone 6 Beta!

Last month I wrote about issues with block sizes and migrating Boot Camp partitions and said this: There is currently no way to update the MFT record size without reformatting, but I will continue to investigate and will update as I know more. In the meantime, you can always boot Windows in Boot Camp with…

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Winclone 5

Today we released Winclone 5, the next version of our Boot Camp cloning utility for OS X. I have always hesitated to call Winclone a “backup” utility, since the sys admin in me always considered backup utilities to be both file based and have the ability to do incremental backups. With Winclone 5, we can…

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Bootcamp on the “New” Mac Pro

We got our hands on a new Mac Pro to make sure that Winclone and Bootcamp all work as expected. We ordered it the day it was released, but didn’t receive it until 2 months later. We didn’t have any reports of issues with the new Mac Pro, but we were still interested in seeing…

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EFI and Windows on Option Boot Screen

Have you ever noticed that sometimes when you hold down the option key when booting up your Mac, you’ll see both a “EFI” and a “Windows” volume listed? Why do both show up? Which is the correct one to select? Turns out that the first question is easier to answer than the second. If there…

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How to mess up your Fusion Drive. A cautionary tale.

I did a bit more investigation of 3 TB fusion drives on the new iMac after we received a support call that caused us to scratch our heads a bit. The person had followed our instructions on how to create a Boot Camp partition using Disk Utility, but had somehow gotten into a state where…

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Boot Camp on Large (3 TB+) drive with 10.8.3

With the release of 10.8.3, Apple has provided support for Boot Camp on 3 TB or larger drives. This is important because 3 TB drives are now becoming more common. They are still a build-to-order option on the iMac, and until the 10.8.3 update, it was not possible to use Boot Camp assistant on 3…

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