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Installing Windows on a Mac using a virtual machine

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Is it possible to install Windows on a virtual machine on a Mac?
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Of course, here are a few programs that allow you to do that.

Boot Camp (apples product)

Or you could install a third-party program such as:
Parallels Desktop 7
 VMware Fusion
VirtualBox

I've used Parallels and it works well, I've never had any issues with it.
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I use Parallels and while its support stinks, the product is very good. In order to set up a Windows virtual machine you will need an installation disk and not an upgrade or backup disk like the one that probably came with your PC.
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I've used Parallels and VirtualBox.

Parallels is great for integration with Mac OS. In fact, you can run programs and have them look more or less like regular Mac OS programs. The big downsides to Parallels that I've found is it seems to eat up a lot of RAM, more than it seems it should and if you like to be on the latest Mac OS version, you'll need to keep updating Parallels at about $50 each time.

VirtualBox is great because it is free. I've had some issues even with simple integration options like copy and paste. If you want to use Windows and not have integration, I'd check out VirtualBox first.

FWIW, if you're just using Windows for testing, check out http://modern.ie/en-us/virtualization-tools#downloads Microsoft offers free virtual machines for Parallels, VirtualBox, and VMWare Fusion for testing purposes.
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VirtualBox is the slowest of the bunch, but runs ok.

Parallels is nice and fast and you can also use the bootcamp partition to run the VM in OSX.  You can boot into bootcamp if you want faster speed.  You don't have to keep upgrading every single version, but you will eventually need to upgrade.  I'm still on the previous version of parallels and it's working fine.
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Many thanks
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