3 questions about Windows on IntelMacs

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Spartacus, Jan 11, 2006.

  1. Spartacus macrumors member

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    Some questions I can't seem to find definitive answers to (please, no flaming):

    1) Now that Apple will be using x86 Intel chips, does that mean software already written for x86 hardware (Windows) will work on the new Intel Macs? (i.e. could I open a .exe file or a native windows game in OS 10.4.4 on an Intel Mac?)

    2) Why won't the Universal Binary version of OS 10.4.4 work on any PC platform? Is there a way around this?

    3) Will new games and software be able to run on a Mac now that they use the same hardware as a Windows machine?

    Thanks folks, I'm new to all of this and I think answers to these questions will help the greater community understand what's going on with this transition.

    Peace!
     
  2. jimthorn macrumors 6502a

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    No. Compiled Windows software is completely different from Mac software.

    Because Apple designed it to only install on their hardware.

    Not really. At some point in the (hopefully) near future, virtualization should make it possible to run Windows apps within Mac OS X, either in a window (a la Virtual PC) or on a shared desktop (a la Wine). Also, it will probably be possible to install Windows on your Mac in a dual-boot configuration in the future. In this case, the game would run on the Mac hardware, but not within the Mac OS itself.
     
  3. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    Part of it is that the new Macs use EFI instead of BIOS or OpenFirmware. Windows (or so I've been told) doesn't support EFI, so you're kinda SOL so far.

    Also, does anyone know if EFI supports Target Disk mode?
     
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    I think EFI is a bit like OpenFirmware in that it allows for a lot of extensions and hardware provided functionality. The new Macs may well support Target Disk mode but this does not mean that all EFI machines do/will.
     
  5. jimthorn macrumors 6502a

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    I really hope Target Disk Mode will not disappear. I think it's one of the coolest features of the Mac and I use it regularly.
     
  6. Applespider macrumors G4

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    I'm assuming (though it's a big one) that if the Migration Assistant still exists, that they must support Target Disk Mode?
     

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