Running Windows software on Mac

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  1. youngforu4ever macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2009
    Many Mac users want to try some Windows software but buy a new computer is really a kind of waste. Parallels can help those Mac users to experience Windows software.
    Parallels (Parallels Desktop for Mac)----- Virtual machine software from Parallels, Inc., that allows Windows, Linux and other operating systems to run in an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X. Some people familiar with it, some people not. This article will give a brief introduction about Parallels.

    Part1: Definition of the Parallels
    It is hardware emulation virtualization software, using hypervisor technology that works by mapping the host computer’s hardware resources directly to the virtual machine’s resources, allowing each virtual machine to operate identically to a standalone computer. Some Mac users familiar with this software because it gives them the ability to run Windows, Linux or any other operating system and their critical applications at the same time as Mac OS X on any Intel-powered iMac, Mac Mini, MacBook or MacBook Pro.

    Part2: How to install Parallels

    Step1: Download Parallels Desktop on your Mac OS X system

    Step2: Setting Up Parallels
    Once the downloading is finished, it's time to start the application, which you'll find in a folder called "Parallels" in your Application directory. Then you need to specify the name of your virtual machine, and where it should be stored on your disk:

    Step3:Installing Windows OS
    The above step to actually install Parallels is to insert the Windows install CD (DVD, actually) into your computer, then push the "play" button in Parallels to start up the program with the new VM system. Now you can step through the standard steps of a Windows XP.
    After installing, you can use Windows XP on your Mac.

    Part3: Unique use of Parallels
    We all know the general function about Parallels in the test procedure for professional stuff. Now I introduce a unique use for Mac users to use other software which require Windows, Linux and other operating systems.

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  2. elgrecomac macrumors 65816


    Jan 15, 2008
    San Diego

    Ditto for VMware's Fusion product. C]heck out the Windows on the Mac Section on this Board


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