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Windows Apps on Apple Machines:

October 21, 2009

One of the things we tend to get a lot of questions about is from business/office users who are considering buying a MacBook or a MacBook Pro is just how easy or difficult it’s going to be to set up Windows on a Mac.

Apple's MacBook range is a popular choice for students and business users.

Apple's MacBook range is a popular choice for students and business users.

While Apple’s latest OS, Snow Leopard, does boast support for Microsoft Exchange, there are plenty of other reasons for Mac owners to want to have a working Windows install. For business users there is a practically limitless number of applications that you’ll want to have a Windows install handy for. While you could opt to run those in a VM, anything that’s going to be performance dependent would do better in a BootCamped Windows install.

Of course, for those who’ve opted to pick up a Mac and want to get some gaming done, there are options like Crossover Games, but they tend to be significantly less efficient than BootCamping it as well. From pretty much any angle where performance is involved you’ll find that people recommend you to go with BootCamp over a virtual machine, sensibly enough.

Boot Camp:

When BootCamp was first offered as a free download, Mac users desperate for some Windows action flocked to it. There were significant worries that BootCamp would be made a for-pay application with the launch of further OS updates, but fortunately that’s not been the case.

BootCamp is relatively easy to use, but it can certainly stand a bit of a walkthrough for the uninitiated, if only to point out that it’s not nearly as difficult as many imagine it might be, nor as risky. Essentially, when you open the Boot Camp Assistant you’ll be presented with a window that looks something like this:

The Boot Camp Assistant is fairly self-explanatory.

The Boot Camp Assistant is fairly self-explanatory.

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