Windows apps on OSX without Windows?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by macstatic, Aug 11, 2014.

  1. macstatic macrumors 6502a

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    Is it possible to run Windows apps without installing Microsoft Windows?
    I'm asking because I need to run a couple of simple and small Windows utility programs (.bat and .exe files) but have otherwise no need for Windows.

    I know about Wine, but believe it only runs certain pre-defined Windows software (and the software in question isn't found on their list over compatible software). WinOnX seems to be a similar app, though I'm not sure if it works the same way (they also have a compatibility database, so perhaps it also only works with a pre-defined list of Windows software)

    So which options do I have if I don't want to buy Windows? (and please don't point me to some shady download sites as I want to do this legaly).
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Wine is you're only solution.

    You can run windows within OS X, via Parallels or Vmware but you still need a copy of windows to do that.
     
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  4. dzejms macrumors member

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    Yes, i know. Either Crossover or wine we'll let him run not only predefined apps.
     
  5. macstatic thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  6. dzejms macrumors member

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    Of course.
     
  7. brdeveloper macrumors 68020

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    I have Crossover installed for years. It runs some selected apps, even some apps not listed as supported. However, I think you didn't count on it. Buy only if the desired app is listed as supported, otherwise it can be a waste of money.
     

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