Best, Free WinMac Solution

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by iTim314, Jul 3, 2007.

  1. iTim314 macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2005
    I have a MacBook Pro, 2.2ghtz Santa Rosa, the works.

    I'm looking for a free (or REALLY cheap) solution for running Windows applications on OS X.

    I downloaded the trial of CrossOver:Mac, but to me it seems PAINFULLY slow. Is this normal for Windows on the Mac, a trail, or just emulation?

    Any other better solutions for running Windows on a Mac, WITHOUT having to buy an install a copy of winblows?
  2. klex macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2007
    Linux instead of Windows


    I've been trying to figure out whether it is possible to use Linux instead of windows for running windows programs?

    I apologize if this is a crazy thought, but I am not so tech savy, and I really don't want to pay for a Windows license when I just bought my first mac to get away from Windows.

  3. kap91 macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2006
    Well I'm not sure if your talking about virtualization or not, but if you are there is a free, open source, Windows virtualization software out there in beta called Virtual Box. The website is . You need a copy of Windows though. It is very stable running Windows, although you sometimes have to try a few times before you can get the program to launch and as of now it doesn't support USB devices but it will in the future. If you weren't talking about virtualization, then I'm afraid I can't help. Hope this is what you were looking for.

    EDIT: Nevermind, I see now that you didn't want to buy a copy of Windows. Sorry.
  4. jabrowntx macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2007
    Have you considered VMWare Fusion? If you buy now (it's still in beta, RC1) it's $40. You can even run 64-bit versions of Linux in VMs.
  5. Fleetwood Mac macrumors 65816

    Fleetwood Mac

    Apr 27, 2006
    I'm afraid that CrossOver is the only application that runs Windows apps without the whole Windows mess.
  6. klex macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2007

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