Thursday, September 15, 2011

Run Windows on your Mac with VMware

VMware updated its Fusion software to ver 4.  With VMware Fusion 4, you can run Windows from your Apple computer without restarting.  VMWare allows users to run Windows in a virtual machine which means you can run windows in a window on your Mac.  This is great for those users who love to use a Mac but need to run programs that are Windows only such as .exe files.

I installed VMware and the whole process took about an hour.  After installing it, I was able to run Windows 7 OS in a virtual machine without too much hassle.  Windows does run as if it was on a 3-4 year old computer so don't expect perfection.  Imagine clicking on something and having to wait 1-2 seconds before the computer registers the click.  It works, just not perfectly.

Alternatively, you can run Windows OS on a Mac computer using Bootcamp but you will have to restart your computer and boot into Windows to use it.  With VMware, you can just click the icon and run Windows along side of your Mac OS X.

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