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How do I run Windows or Windows applications on a Mac?

Posted by Eric H. Happe

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Apr 5, 2013 12:00:00 AM

Center for Advanced Legal Studies does not recommend these options as a solution to running Windows based software such as ProDoc The Center's official recommendation is that all students own or have access to a Windows based computer or laptop as described in What are the minimum laptop/computer requirements for students?

Students who wish to investigate these options may find the following information helpful.

On a Macintosh computer, users can install software that allows them to run Windows and Windows applications.

Newer Macintosh computers utilize Intel processors and are able to run Windows and Windows applications faster and more easily than older Macs. 

Several methods are available for running Windows on Intel Macs. To dual-boot between Mac OS X and Windows, you can use Apple's Boot Camp. This approach provides the most compatibility with Windows software and peripherals, but it does not allow users to run Windows and Mac OS X applications at the same time.

A second method is to run Windows in a virtual machine within OS X. Parallels Desktop, VMware Fusion, and VirtualBox use this method, and although they don't support as much Windows functionality as a dual-boot configuration, they allow you to run Mac and Windows applications concurrently.

Center for Advanced Legal Studies offers no technical support for these solutions and recommends that all students maintain ready access to a Windows based computer.



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