How do I run Windows or Windows programs on my Mac?
On a Mac, you can install software that allows you to run Windows and Windows applications. Several different methods are available:
Running Windows and Windows applications locally
The following options allow you to install and run Windows or Windows applications on your own computer:
- To dual-boot between OS X and Windows, use Apple's Boot Camp. This approach provides the most compatibility with Windows software and peripherals, but does not allow you to run Windows and Mac OS X applications at the same time.
- To run Windows in a virtual machine within OS X, use Parallels Desktop, VMware Fusion, or VirtualBox. This method will allow you to run Mac and Windows applications concurrently, though the virtual machine does not support as much Windows functionality as a dual-boot configuration.
- To run Windows programs without having to install Windows itself, use a Windows compatibility layer, such as CrossOver Mac. This option typically offers good functionality for a limited set of Windows applications.
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Last modified on 2015-01-09.
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