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Running Windows Programs on a Mac By Joshua Blagden

After switching to a Mac, you might still need to run Windows programs. There might be some Mac versions of the software you need to run, but it's also possible that there might not be Mac versions of it. In that case you have a few options: 


1.Run them in a program like Wineskin or Winebottler

2. Run them in a program like Parallels or Virtualbox, which virtualizes a Windows Environment

3. Make a Windows partition on your Mac


Running a Windows program in either Wineskin or Winebottler is a good way to run Windows programs on a Mac. When this techinque is used, Wineskin or Winebottler make a wrapper for the program to reside in. Making Windows programs work with Wineskin can be tedious because you have to figure out which Winetricks to use and also which engine to use. You can even have the program made into a basic OS X bundle so it will function without having Wine installed. Also, the other downside to this method is that programs which have failed wrapper creation can wreak havoc with your Mac down the road leaving behind programs you’ll have to remove with a malware scanner. Winebottler and Wineskin are both free programs.


Virtualization is also a good way to run Windows programs on a Mac. It virtualizes a Windows environment in which to run Windows programs. This is also a good way to run Windows programs on a Mac. Parallels costs about $80, though Virtualbox is free. This will require a Windows operating system disc, which is something you might have lying around if you have any custom computers or have upgraded any of your PC’s operating systems. 

The last method is running Windows on your Mac. This is the least favorable option. To do this, go to Bootcamp in the Utilities folder of your apps. Then, insert the Windows operating system disc. Bootcamp will lead you through  the process of creating a partition and installing Windows on it. If you don't have a Windows operating system disc, you'll have to buy one. That will cost you upwards of $200.


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