i am trying to run a program that was made for a windows platform. i am using boot camp and it is asking for an installer disk for windows 7. is there a simple way to get it to run on my mac without having to run a windows 7
You need a full version of a 64bit Windows 7 disk (about $300) to run Windows on your Mac via Bootcamp.
There is no way around it. Once you install it, Windows is locked to that hardware and it's a pain to change it with Microsoft.
you can try this: macs have a small compatibility layer so you don't have to install windows to run some things
that is one program that uses that layer
Wine is another popular program
Macs have no compatibility layer. The layer you are talking about is Wine. Crossover uses Wine... as well as other programs like Wineskin... even Transgamings Cider porting tool that many games use is a fork off of Wine. Wine is not part of Mac OS X at all by itself. It would be nice if Apple would put some money behind making it better and maybe building it in so Windows apps could run, but it goes against apple principles of "do it our way"