i plan on buying a macbook but can I run windows apps on it?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by jesusplay, Mar 15, 2008.

  1. jesusplay macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2007
    i mean dirrectly on on mac OS X without having to install windows?

    and does the macbook have that slot on the side where you can stick a 3g card?
  2. bigbadnewill macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2007
    No you can't run apps unless you install windows. You can then run windows either virtually, as in you can run windows XP in a mac osx window. Or you can use bootcamp, which wil allow you to boot completely up into XP.

    As for a port on the side, the MB has usb and firewire only, no PCMCIA or whatever it's called. Only the MBP has that.

  3. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    As above, but CodeWeavers Crossover will let you run some of them without installing Windows.
  4. bigbadnewill macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2007
    Ohhh, i never knew that! Time for me to get some google'ing done!
  5. chas0001 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2006
    Alicante, SPAIN
    Crossover will work but I think that the apps that are compatible with it are limited.
  6. Uthalin macrumors newbie

    Feb 26, 2008
    I wouldn't rely on Crossover to do anything serious. However, VMWare Fusion will make it seem that you are running windows apps in OS X. Although, you will need a copy of XP (or Vista) if you want to go down that path.
  7. pastrychef macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2006
    New York City, NY
    Another alternative to running Windows apps in OS X is DarWine. Like Crossover, the number of apps that work are limited and, as far as I know, there's currently no sound support, but it's free and if your app works, it works quite well.

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