Discussion in 'iPad' started by Mr M5, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. Mr M5 macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2011
    Can you add windows via parells to an I pad the way you can to a mac?
  2. likemyorbs, Jul 25, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2011

    likemyorbs macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2008

    Yes but only after you buy the iPad external DVD drive.

    But on a serious note, an iPad is not a Mac. It's a low power tablet that runs a mobile os. If you could install a full blown os on an iPad don't you think people would be installing Mac os?
  3. Mr M5 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2011
    Microsoft windows, can you load it via bootcamp, parrells etc to an ipad?

    I was looking at an ipad for work, but would have to have windows, no option.
  4. KevinC867 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2007
    Saratoga, CA
  5. Mr M5 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2011
    Didn't think so, just wanted to check. Thanks.
  6. GoKyu macrumors 65816


    Feb 15, 2007
    New Orleans
    The only thing you could do to "run" Windows on an iPad would be to sign up with LogMeIn (or a similar service) and then buy their iPad app. That would let you connect to and directly control a PC or a Mac *from* the iPad - but you can't actually load Windows into an iPad, that's impossible.

    I use LogMeIn ('s free service to be able to connect to and control my Mac when necessary. But I find iOS to be pretty incredible for what it is - a mobile/tablet OS.
  7. jsh1120 macrumors 65816

    Jun 1, 2011
    Apart from apps that enable remote login (such as LogMeIn and Splashtop) to a Windows system, your other option is to use Windows look-alike apps on the iPad (such as DocumentsToGo and QuickOffice.) You also have options in terms of managing email from a Microsoft Exchange Server on your iPad.

    None of these options, of course, is ideal. If you're looking for tablet-like functionality in a Windows environment you can opt for a "convertible" tablet/laptop such as the Lenovo X220T (more expensive and heavier but a real laptop), get a Windows tablet (not recommended by anyone at this time) or wait and see what accommodations Microsoft makes for tablets in Windows 8 when it is released.
  8. Meanee macrumors 6502a

    Mar 8, 2011
    No, cannot load Windows on iPad and most likely never would be able to. Win8 and jailbreak may change that (Win 8 rumored to support ARM SOCs).

    In meantime, here's something similar to remote access

    Basically, if you have virtualized host, you can connect to it with this program. But same way you can connect to your Windows machine via Logmein.
  9. Mr M5 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2011
    Got it, Sadly I have to have real windows all for just 2 program that has to be installed.
  10. LiloThePleo macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2010
    Which programs? You might be surprised at the workarounds available for some things.
  11. Mr M5 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2011
    Internet explorer for one. The other is proprietary software my company uses.
  12. Mac.World macrumors 68000


    Jan 9, 2011
    In front of uranus
    Waiting for m$ to get off their arses and make Office Suite for iPad!
  13. TheSuperSteve macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2011
    Puerto Rico
    Why didnt you just buy one of those Windows 7 tablets if you wanted a tablet with Windows in it? Like one of these:

    It just doesnt make any sense for me. That's like me buying an iPod classic and complaining that it cant make popcorn.
  14. Mr M5 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2011
    That's pretty cool looking really. Out side of that I will say though I like the I pad, over all I like apple computers better than PC, it's not a matter of want, it's a matter of what I need for work. Ironicly enough outside of these two deals everything else works and at some point they will too, but that's up to IT.
  15. JeepGuy macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2008
    We have a few Intel Oak Trail based tablets where I work for legacy software running windows 7, they are horribly under powered, every action is a lesson in frustration as you wait for the system to react to your input. The only killer app that they really run is MS One Note.
  16. jzuena macrumors 6502a


    Feb 21, 2007
    Lexington, MA, USA
    It has since been pulled from the app store, but iDos is an iOS port of DOSbox, which lets you install DOS programs and older versions of Windows based on DOS. Not that even Windows 98 would run very well on an iPad, but programs like Civilization run (slowly) in iDos.
  17. CHSeifert macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2010
    Copenhagen, Denmark - Scandinavia
    Yes -most certainly, but only after you upgraded the internal flash to a Vertex 3 SSD ;)

    Just kidding :D
    Calling earth - the iPad is not a mac or computer with normal OS !

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