[HELP] Best recommendations for Windows on a Mac

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Walkaa, Aug 18, 2015.

  1. Walkaa macrumors member

    Oct 27, 2009
    Hi all,

    I haven't been on here for ages.

    Hopefully this is an easy one to solve.

    I run a MacBook Pro Mid 2014 2.8ghz i5 with 8gb ram. I need to run windows on the mac for one program specifically. That's my problem.

    So what I need to know is what is the cheapest or most cost effective and most stable platform to run windows on and which version of windows would you recommend.

    The program isn't intensive and on top of that ill be using chrome so nothing major.

  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Well you don't have to do a Bootcamp install necessarily. Seems like overkill if you'll just be running one app. You can install something like VMWare or Parallels Desktop, but again that seems OTT if you're only going to run one app, because you'll have to be running an entire OS virtually.

    So what I'd suggest is downloading Crossover. It'll allow you to run Windows applications ranging from Win98-Win8.1 within OS X. Generally I've had very little compatibility issues with it. I'd probably recommend downloading the 14 day trial and seeing how that works out for you.
  3. Walkaa thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 27, 2009

    Thanks! never heard of this software. I don't necessarily need bootcamp (as stated), so is which ever software and OS version works best together really.
  4. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Ah you're more than welcome Walkaa. Just feel free to quote this if you run into any issues installing your app, I use Crossover quite a lot so I'll be happy to take you through any potential hiccups!

    Hope the software works out for you. There may be a few other suggestions from others posters too! :)
  5. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    New England
    Crossover has a good compatibility database that will tell you whether the program you want to use has been tested with notes on how well or poorly it ran.

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