4562 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Sep 16, 2009 9:56 PM by daviangel
Who ever told you that is badly misinformed!
In the past Macs used Motorola chips. Later they used an IBM chip. In 2006 Apple began exclusively using Intel chips. All real Macs manufactured since 2006 use Intel chips.
Separate from Macs, many PCs that use Windows also have Intel chips. But Intel is a chip manufacturer and Microsoft steals other folks software and ideas and sells them to use on PCs.
An .exe program intended for a PC will not run on Mac OS X Leopard or Snow Leopard. Your Mac mini is an Intel Mac, and it is a real Mac! It uses a Core 2 Duo chip made by Intel.
.EXE files will work with Intel Macs running virtualization. Boot Camp is prebundled with Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6, allowing you to boot into Windows, if you have a copy of Windows to install on your Mac that is compatible with that version of Boot Camp. Additional virtualization titles are below*:
That said, your statement here is a bit of a oxymoron:
Whenever I click to download it (there are no OS options but it system requirements it says Mac OS 10.4 or higher) it automatically goes into my downloads as an .exe file.
The place giving you that download has either mislabeled the download, or is missing the download. At minimum, it should have bundled a .dmg, .gz, .sit, or .hqx document to run on 10.4. Virtualization under 10.4 is available, but it is not going to run as Boot Camp, because 10.5 is where Boot Camp is prebundled. You'd have to use Parallels, Virtualbox, or VMWare to install the .exe under 10.4 on an Intel Mac. Since you have 10.5.8, you already have Boot Camp capaibility. One problem people might run into with Intel Macs, is older PowerPC applications that access PowerPC only drivers or plugins, or need Mac OS 9. Ask the place that makes the software, if it relies on such things. If it does, inform them that they are woefully out of date, as Macs started coming with Intel chips January 2006. Find an alternative software title in that event.
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Using emulation software it is possible to run exe's on a mac but I have no idea why you would want to do that.
Actually, that's what Rosetta does. It's emulation software that let's you run binary or executables originally written for the powerpc on the new intel cpu based macs. Without this it wouldn't have a clue what to do with it.