Need to run windows-based programs on my mac

Discussion in 'macOS' started by macandal, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. macandal macrumors newbie

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    I need to run some programs that were made for windows-based systems. Is there an easy, hopefully free, way to do this? Any programs out there designed for this very purpose? Thanks.
     
  2. vmachiel macrumors 68000

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    You can either install window via bootcamp, and boot windows natively or run it side by side with os x using VMware or parallels.
     
  3. macandal thread starter macrumors newbie

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    vm, I don't need to run windows; I only need to run a program designed for Windows. I hope I'm explaining this correctly. I hope I'm understanding the way Bootcamp works correctly. Thanks.
     
  4. logandzwon macrumors 6502a

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  5. ufkdo macrumors 6502

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    You should either find Mac alternatives of those softwares or install windows (via bootcamp or vmware). I don't think emulators will give the best result. Logic is simple: If you need windows apps, you need windows' itself.
     
  6. macandal thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's not possible. It's windows only.
     
  7. ufkdo macrumors 6502

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    Then, as I said, you need windows.
     
  8. mrgraff macrumors 6502a

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    Another vote for virtualbox. It works so well for me, that I actually got rid of my physical PC and just switch back and forth as needed.
     
  9. farmermac macrumors 6502a

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  10. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 603

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    I would go with Parallels and use Coherence Mode. Nothing really compares.
     
  11. brdeveloper macrumors 68020

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    I use Crossover and VirtualBox. Crossover is nice for well-behavioured Windows Apps. VirtualBox is a virtualization solution. None of them are free (you need an Windows license by using it in VirtualBox). You can also compile Wine for free and install it in OSX but this is a bit more tricky.

    Parallels plus an Windows license appear to be the best solution though.
     

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