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  1. bookem15's Avatar
    I am about to purchase a new MBP and I have a question. I am a diehard windows guy and can not let it go completely so my question is what is the name of the software that allows you to run windows and mac os at the same time or one at a time(does not matter to me)? I have an Iphone 3g about to go to 4g and want the compatability between the two devices. I have been looking for sometime at the MBP and now that they just did the upgrade it is time. Also what are the advantages and or disadvantages to putting windows software on a MBP?

    Thanks for any and all help.....
    2011-03-01 07:49 PM
  2. nulabs71's Avatar
    The best one I've found is called Parallels. I use it w/ my iMac. It allows you to run Windows and many other operating systems while you are booted into OS X. It is very easy to share resources between the virtual machine and OS X. I haven't really tried to run Windows games as I'm not a gamer but I've had great success w/ other kinds of software.

    I currently use it to run Windows XP and Ubuntu. You can download a trial version from the parallels website.

    Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac

    You might also check out VMWare and WINE.

    VMware Fusion: Run Windows on Mac for Desktop Virtualization
    WineHQ - Run Windows applications on Linux, BSD, Solaris and Mac OS X

    Good luck!
    2011-03-01 10:08 PM
  3. thetoothfairy's Avatar
    I use VMWare myself... but hate going in that environment if I don't have to anymore.... both programs do the same thing and are nice if that is what you want however it is slow when using those programs. I maybe use the program maybe three times a year anymore....
    Last edited by thetoothfairy; 2011-03-02 at 12:18 AM.
    2011-03-02 12:15 AM
  4. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
    You can also install Windows via Boot Camp on your Mac.
    Asking for help is different from being stupid. Fanboys can rot in @#$%!
    2011-03-02 03:59 AM
  5. bubba's 69's Avatar
    VirtualBox runs fast and it's open source (FREE)

    It's what I've been using after I tried Parallels.
    If I helped you in any way please click the THANKS! button below.

    Even if you just want to click it for fun, go ahead, have fun.
    2011-03-09 02:23 AM
  6. StealthBravo's Avatar
    VirtualBox and VMWare have worked for me in the past on my first few macbooks. However, I would never let windows anywhere near my new MBP
    2011-03-09 03:22 AM
  7. Simon's Avatar
    You can also try crossover. It let's you run windows apps natively on your Mac without needing to install a whole copy of windows.
    2011-03-09 03:26 AM
  8. StealthBravo's Avatar
    I am happy now that every application I need now has a mac version
    2011-03-09 03:28 AM
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