Windows on Mac for free?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by charlz95, May 3, 2008.

  1. charlz95 macrumors newbie

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    I have a mac leopard and I want to use Bootcamp but I don't have a windows or vista CD operating system thing so I can't install it. Is there a way I can get my windows apps and the windows operating system on my mac for free and quick?
     
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    there is but ain't gona tell ya cause its illegal...

    suck it up or don't use windows.
     
  4. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    There are some solutions that allow you to run your windows apps within limitations without XP or Vista, but I don't think any of them are free.

    Crossover is one I think


    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  5. 36183 Guest

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    wine for darwin is perfectly legal last time i checked.
     
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    ReactOS but its not ready for prime time and may never be.
     
  7. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    But that will require some serious configuration I believe, unless the poster is already configured for XCode, etc. Not sure that qualifies for his "easy" requirement, but perhaps it does. Depends on the poster's expertise I suppose.

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  8. brian9271 macrumors 6502

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    Apparently, I got Crossover for Mac, and it seems to suck, no offence to people who like it, but, some apps are not compatible with it, for example, Windows Movie Maker, which is a huge disappointment, I sure hope if there is a future update to the software that everything will be compatible, because at the moment, buying it is not worth it.
     
  9. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Why do you want to run Windows Movie Maker? iMovie is better than Windows Movie Maker by so much its not even funny.
     
  10. brian9271 macrumors 6502

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    Well, I must say, there are disadvantages on iMovie and one of them are the effects, I know there are slick effects, but you have to buy it, which really makes iMovie bad, everything else is fine, but without effects that comes for free makes iMovie useless, so therefore, Windows Movie Maker has some good things, and it is way easier, but I really don't mind which one to use, they are both good for different reasons.
     
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    I recently bought a new copy of XP Pro service pack 2 on Amazon for 180.00
     
  13. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    ^^ Note that the OEM edition of Windows will also work.
     
  14. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    Crossover is not the solution if you want 100% compatibility. I doubt it will ever reach 100% compatibility with Windows software. Anyway Crossover is just a commercial version of Wine.
     
  15. mreg376 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes. By stealing it. Have you tried your local crack house?
     
  16. mrwindup macrumors member

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    There is no legal way of doing it. Consult your nearest IT experts.
     
  17. skiwhitman macrumors member

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    Thanks - that is excellent advice. I just purchased the OEM version on Amazon for under $100. It had tons of good reviews of fellow mac users who need the windows OS for just this purpose! :)
     

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