Running Windows Applications On Your Mac

You switched to a Mac because you like having a stable, fast, reliable system. However, it may sometimes be necessary to run Windows XP. If you need to run old applications or the occasional game, having a Windows box might come in handy.

Fortunately, Apple and some 3rd parties have devised solutions which allow you to do just that.

This videos shows you how you can run Windows XP using Bootcamp, VMWare Fusion or Parallels. All three are decent solutions. Bootcamp has the advantage of completely taking over the system. For games or other performance intensive applications, this is a good solution.

Parallels and VMWare Fusion provide what is called hardware virtualization. This software allows you to run Windows and Windows applications side by side with your Mac OSX system. While this might sound like a better solution, it comes at a small performance hit for both systems. This performance hit only happens when you are running the virtual machine.

Whichever solution you choose it’s great to know that you don’t have to abandon the investment you might of made in Windows software.

About Joe Cotellese

Joe is the founder of Learning OS X. He's often spending way too much time playing with new Mac software in order to improve his ability at "Getting Things Done."


  1. good information, thanks

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