11 Replies Latest reply: Aug 1, 2012 1:03 AM by waynog
romanpri Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have a few software programs i bought for my PC that i cant find for mac, and i was told there is a way to get windows installed on my mac so i could run mac and windows by switching between the two. Is this really possible?


iMac, iOS 5.1.1
  • 1. Re: Can i get windows on my mac and run both separately?
    RRFS Level 5 Level 5 (4,430 points)

    Yes, it's really true. There are many methods, here is a list from a fellow Forum Member:

     

    (Borrowed from Kappy)

    Windows on Intel Macs

     

    There are presently several alternatives for running Windows on Intel Macs.

     

    1. Install the Apple Boot Camp software.  Purchase Windows XP w/Service Pak2, Vista, or Windows 7.  Follow instructions in the Boot Camp documentation on installation of Boot Camp, creating Driver CD, and installing Windows.  Boot Camp enables you to boot the computer into OS X or Windows.
    2. Parallels Desktop for Mac and Windows XP, Vista Business, Vista Ultimate, or Windows 7.  Parallels is software virtualization that enables running Windows concurrently with OS X.
    3. VM Fusionand Windows XP, Vista Business, Vista Ultimate, or Windows 7.  VM Fusion is software virtualization that enables running Windows concurrently with OS X.
    4. CrossOver which enables running many Windows applications without having to install Windows.  The Windows applications can run concurrently with OS X.
    5. VirtualBox is a new Open Source freeware virtual machine such as VM Fusion and Parallels that was developed by Solaris.  It is not as fully developed for the Mac as Parallels and VM Fusion.

     

    Note that Parallels and VM Fusion can also run other operating systems such as Linux, Unix, OS/2, Solaris, etc.  There are performance differences between dual-boot systems and virtualization.  The latter tend to be a little slower (not much) and do not provide the video performance of the dual-boot system. See MacTech.com's Virtualization Benchmarking for comparisons of Boot Camp, Parallels, and VM Fusion. Boot Camp is only available with Leopard or Snow Leopard. Except for Crossover and a couple of similar alternatives like DarWine you must have a valid installer disc for Windows.

     

    You must also have an internal optical drive for installing Windows. Windows cannot be installed from an external optical drive.

  • 2. Re: Can i get windows on my mac and run both separately?
    Apple4Ever556 Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    you can but i would not do it if i were you, See Microsoft is a Very Hard Operating System to handle it has to many Errors & to many problems on there End, I Used to have a Microsoft Computer & it's nothing like an Apple iMac Computer, Microsoft Computers are Hard & there is so many Settings you gotta go through & when Microsoft has Updates all your Settings Change Automaticlly & when you want to use a webcam it won't always go through & when you think your doing great things fail on you to quick & it's very slow & freezes & has memory problems even though you has a lot of memory & a fast processor, I Had a Microsoft Windows XP Pro but the computer i had was not perfect it's not like an Apple iMac Computer i'm just trying to help out & i'm not trying to be mean but i would not put Microsoft Windows on my iMac Computer if I Were you, but good luck take care peace from Byron.

  • 3. Re: Can i get windows on my mac and run both separately?
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,315 points)

    Apple4Ever556 wrote:

     

    you can but i would not do it if i were you, See Microsoft is a Very Hard Operating System to handle it has to many Errors & to many problems on there End, I Used to have a Microsoft Computer & it's nothing like an Apple iMac Computer, Microsoft Computers are Hard & there is so many Settings you gotta go through & when Microsoft has Updates all your Settings Change Automaticlly & when you want to use a webcam it won't always go through & when you think your doing great things fail on you to quick & it's very slow & freezes & has memory problems even though you has a lot of memory & a fast processor, I Had a Microsoft Windows XP Pro but the computer i had was not perfect it's not like an Apple iMac Computer i'm just trying to help out & i'm not trying to be mean but i would not put Microsoft Windows on my iMac Computer if I Were you, but good luck take care peace from Byron.

    I think you might want to consider that a bit, putting Windows on a Mac does not affect the Mac side, unless you fail to install Windows correctly.

     

    Which Mac did you install Windows on, and how, a VM or natively?

  • 4. Re: Can i get windows on my mac and run both separately?
    Apple4Ever556 Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    I Never installed Microsoft Windows XP on My Apple iMac Computer, I Had a Microsoft Computer before I Bought My 2009 24inch Apple Widscreen iMac Computer

     

     

    But I don't have a Microsoft Computer, I Threw it away in 2009 then I went out to The Apple Store & bought a 2009 24inch Apple Widscreen iMac computer & it's been working great for me & I Don't really want to go back to Microsoft Windows it was to much trouble for me, I Spent about $6000+ trying to Upgrade & fix that Microsoft Computer trying to get it better & i did for a few years but it failed in the end & i went out & bought a iMac Computer instead, I Like Apple & i rather stay with Apple i hope no one's mad at me i don't want to shoot down anyone i just would not put Microsoft Windows on my iMac Computer but if thats what you wanna do go head do what you want just trying to give you advice Microsoft is trouble.

  • 5. Re: Can i get windows on my mac and run both separately?
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,315 points)

    You have a kind of Stream of Consciousness thing going here

     

    Windows on your iMac is up to you, but it will not do any damage to the Mac, not hardware not software (unless installed incorrectly)

     

    If someone wants Windows on a Mac, it works just fine, (and I do agree with you about Windows)

  • 6. Re: Can i get windows on my mac and run both separately?
    Apple4Ever556 Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    that is true.

  • 7. Re: Can i get windows on my mac and run both separately?
    romanpri Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I understand what u guys are saying. It is a little of a gamble. How about this question then, would u guys know a software that is similar to photodex proshow producer? That would be as soon as proshow producer?

  • 8. Re: Can i get windows on my mac and run both separately?
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,315 points)

    It is not a gamble, Backup Your Mac before you start, then read the directions, follow them, Windows will work, Boot Camp runs Windows a lot faster than the virtual machines do.

  • 9. Re: Can i get windows on my mac and run both separately?
    RRFS Level 5 Level 5 (4,430 points)

    I took a look at your photodex proshow producer. I'm not sure how some of the OSX based Applications stack up to it but because Apple has always been on the forefront of imaging and music I be willing to say you can find an Application that will work for you.

  • 10. Re: Can i get windows on my mac and run both separately?
    Jeff Kelleher Level 4 Level 4 (3,015 points)

    No matter how you do it, you will need a copy of Windows to do this. If you're going to be using the Windows programs a lot, you probably want boot camp. With boot camp, you will install Windows on your Mac and actually run it - you will not be able to use Mac OS at the same time - you'd need to reboot the Mac to get to the stuff on the Mac side. With an emulator, such as VirtualBox (which is free, and works pretty well) you can boot the Mac into OS X and run Windows at the same time. If you want to pay, and get some support, Parallels or Fusion would be  a better choice. Performance will lilely be better with boot camp, but the choice depends on your needs.

  • 11. Re: Can i get windows on my mac and run both separately?
    waynog Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    FWIW, I have Parrallels running on my late 2011 13" macBook pro with windows, and it works fantastically well. I never log out of Mac os, nor do I ever boot up in Windows. Instead a swipe of 3 fingers on track pad takes me a desktop that happens to be windows ( rather than mac desktop page)  I did upgrade the RAM, and downloaded Microsoft essentails ( anti virus) and in 6 months have never had a problem. Highly recommended.