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Want to run WINDOWS on Mac, Help !!
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January 18, 2011
10:24 AM
Jamster Mc
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Hi, for my school work its soo much easier to be using Windows and all the programs i need are mainly only compatible with windows, instead of having to buy a whole new  computer i was windering what software i could use to run both Mac OS and Win OS on a Mac Book, thanks in advance,

 

Jamster, Mc

January 18, 2011
12:51 PM
Casey
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  1. Try VirtualBox (its opensource) to run a virtual windows in your mac http://www.virtualbox.org/
  2. I'm not sure if it works, but you can run WINE (a windows emulator) on Mac with these steps http://wiki.winehq.org/MacOSX/Installing. According to this, http://wiki.winehq.org/MacOSX, it seems to work great on OSX.
  3. Or, a long and complicated way – dual boot with Ubuntu and install WINE there. That's my preference
January 18, 2011
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karen
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Run Apple's BootCamp.

January 18, 2011
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BootCamp creates a dual-boot scenario for you.

A virtual OS option is Parellels for Mac.

For any of these options, you need to have a legal copy of Windows to install.

January 18, 2011
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Just to reiterate, there are three ways of doing it.  Way #1 is free, while #2 and #3 require a valid Windows license key.

Option 1. Wine

Your first choice is using Wine.  Wine is a program
for both Linux and Unix machines, and OS X is a Unix-based operating
system.  After installing it, you'll be able to open Windows EXEs and
install them like you would on Windows; the only downside to this method
is that it has a very low compatibility rate (70% if I remember
correctly).  It is also the hardest to set up.  You can read about it here: http://wiki.winehq.org/MacOSX/Installing

Option 3. Virtualization

Your last option is to virtualize another operating system.  To do this, you'll need a valid Windows license. You can read up on using VirtualBox, the free solution, here: http://dottech.org/tipsntricks/14020

Oh, the site that was :(
January 19, 2011
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Jamster Mc
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Thankyou all for your help, i will try to run Boot Camp (which i didnt know existed), i do have a Legit version of Windows Home Premium so ill try that out now.

 

Thanks again,

Jamster Mc

January 30, 2011
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Anyone know how to dual-boot Win7 and Snow Leopard on a Mac (using boot camp preferably), using a Win7 "upgrade disc" ? I want to do a dual-boot fresh install of Win7 on a Mac using upgrade media, is that possible?

January 30, 2011
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Never mind, I found my answer online. There really isn't any official article stating this will work with boot-camp, but I'm gonna try it, and it should work.

January 30, 2011
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Jyo said:

Never mind, I found my answer online. There really isn't any official article stating this will work with boot-camp, but I'm gonna try it, and it should work.


http://www.winsupersite.com/blogs/tabid/3256/entryid/75587/clean-install-windows-7-with-upgrade-media-the-answer.aspx

That should work for using the Upgrade disc.

Oh, the site that was :(
January 30, 2011
3:12 PM
Jyo
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Yea, I came across that site too. I was just worried that doing this in boot-camp and dual-booting would conflict things.

 

Sigh, I told my friend not to get a mac…. Frown (note: ignore my childish and biased statement)

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