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Utilities to install Windows Operating Systems on an Intel based Mac

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VMware Fusion

VMware Fusion is third-party software which allows users to run virtual operating systems (Windows Vista/7/8) on their Intel-based Macintosh computer. The virtual operating system runs as an application from within OS X allowing users to quickly switch between each environment.

VMware Fusion web page.

Advantages: Allows users to quickly switch between OSX and Windows.
Disadvantages: Windows may run more slowly then if it were installed directly onto the hard disk.


Bootcamp is a utility included with OS X which guides users through the process of installing Windows XP or Vista onto the hard disk of their Intel-based Macintosh computer.

Apple Bootcamp install Instructions: to open the Apple webpage and view a bootcamp instructional document.

Advantages: Windows runs more quickly then it would from within a virtual environment.
Disadvantages: A reboot is required to switch between operating systems.

Parallels Desktop

Parallels Desktop for Mac is a software product by Parallels, Inc., a developer of desktop and server virtualization software. Released on June 15, 2006, it was the first software suite to bring hardware virtualization mainstream to Macintosh computers with Intel processors.

Parallels Demo download page.

Advantages: Allows users to quickly switch between OSX and Windows.
Disadvantages: Using Windows Vista's Boot Camp partition results in needing to reactivate Windows.


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