Installing Windows 10 on a MacBook Pro 17″Mid2010

The MacBook Pro 17″ I bought in 2010 is still an amazing machine. Fun fact: it has been mentioned best Windows laptop in its days and I can 100% confirm. It runs Windows very smoothly, still today!

I decided it was time to install a fresh Windows 10 image on this machine and since I store my data in Office 365 SharePoint and I therefore have no data to worry about on this machine I reconned this would be a rather painless exercise to do.

I have a Microsoft Action Pack subscription so I downloaded the latest Windows 10 Pro image on another Windows 10 machine. I right-clicked on the resulting ISO-file choose Burn disc image and burned the ISO to a DVD.

Then I put in the DVD in my MacBook and turned it on.

I made sure the DVD was inserted, turned on the laptop and as soon as I heard the chime I pressed the Option () key. A boot menu appeared:

I choose the option called “Windows”. This is the BIOS install.


NOTE
You can also boot from the DVD by holding the “c” key on your keyboard as soon as you hear the chime. That will also force the MacBook to boot from the optical drive but I want to control which type of boot I am going to use, EFI or BIOS. When I use key “c” Windows will just start to install and I have the feeling it is using EFI at that time. When Windows is installed with EFI it will crash unexpectedly.


After that Windows again installed fine but this time no more crashes, Windows 10 works like a charm!

Later on I installed Boot Camp 5.1.5621 (which turned out later to contain a driver which caused my machine to crash with Windows 10 Feature Update 1903, see here how to fix that).

I noticed that the 5GHz connection on my WiFi network seemed a little unstable. Restarting the WLAN AutoConfig service immediately restored connectivity but I had to do it a couple of times per day.

Later on, after installation of Boot Camp, Apple Software Updater presented me with a newer WiFi network card driver. So I now have this driver on my MacBook Pro and it seems stable.

I did some more tweaking on my WiFi adapter: I deselected the option Allow the computer to turn off this device to safe power.

Some additional actions after installation of Windows 10:

  • Solve the problem that it is not possible to create restore points after installation of Boot Camp. See Some known issues with Boot Camp 5.1 with Windows 10.
  • Download and install KeyScrambler Personal. This tool will scramble your keystrokes so that a keylogger cannot eavesdrop on what you type.
  • Install Prey, which is a tool to track your device and perform all kinds of actions when it is stolen (locate, lock, display a message, wipe, sound alarm, etc.) Most of these actions are free to use for up to three devices.

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