Running Windows on MacIntel

By: Phil Ershler - Revised: 2014-01-23 richard

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Now that Apple has started moving its line to Intel chips, many solutions are becoming available to run Windows on Intel based Mac's. There are three basic options, dual booting, running Windows in a virtual machine, or running Windows apps directly in Mac OS X. The first dual boot option was a hack called the Blanka and Narf method, which was started as a contest to encourage developers to find a dual boot solutin. Then Apple released, Boot Camp, a public beta, that solves many problems found in other solutions, like providing all the drivers for Windows, also it "dynamically creates a hard drive partition for Windows. Also, Parallels released, Parallels Workstation 2.1 Beta for Mac OS X, which is the first virtualization solution that supports any version of Windows, Linux, Solaris, OS/2 or MS-DOS in a secure vertual machine. Lastly, the Darwine project is porting open source Linux software called WinE (Wine Is Not an Emulator) to Mac OS X. This project allows you to run WIndows application natively in Mac OS X without Windows.